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21. Ovid: Selected Poems by David Hopkins
published: 1998/2003
format: 123 page hardcover
acquired: Library
read: Apr 23 - May 2
rating: 4

Ovid lived 44 bce to 17 ce

Hidden in the verso: "The translations of Ovid included in this selection are taken from versions by English poets of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. These were chosen because they convey the feel and flavor of Ovid’s witty style more vividly than any other English translations."

The late 17th, early 18th century translators include:
John Dryden - The main translator used and the only one used more than twice.
Richard Duke
"anon. 1725"
“Lord Somers” (John Somers)
John Sheffield]], Earl of Mulgrave
William Massey
Joseph Addison
Laurence Eusden
Samuel Croxall
Edward Vernon
John Ozell
Sir Samuel Garth
Leonard Welsted
T. P.

This was intended as an appetizer by me. I stumbled across it in the library catalogue, and it was a small, cute little book...and it was short. I zipped through, occasionally re-reading, but spending little time on meaning. Every line rhymes, which is charming, and rhythmic, but also a bit strange. But they re-read really nicely. No clue on accuracy. I'm presuming these translations are closer to a performance, a showy thing, than a quest for perfect accuracy (or comprehensibility). But I could be wrong.

I plan to read Ovid, "for real", in June.
  dchaikin | May 4, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ovidprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hopkins, DavidEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Addison, JosephTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Croxall, SamuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dryden, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duke, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eusden, LaurenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garth, Sir SamuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Massey, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ozell, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
P., T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheffield, John (Earl of Mulgrave)Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Somers, Sir JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vernon, EdwardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Welsted, LeondardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) was born at Sulmo in central Italy in 43 BC. After holding some minor judicial positions, he abandoned a career in public service for writing, and was soon acknowledged as the leading Roman poet of his generation. But in AD 8 he was suddenly banished by the Emperor Augustus for reasons which remain the subject of much speculation. Despite complaints and pleas to Augustus, and later to his successor, Tiberius, Ovid remained in exile until his death in AD 17."--Dust jacket.… (more)

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