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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC--AD 17/18), known as Ovid. Born of an equestrian family in Sulmo, Ovid was educated in rhetoric in Rome but gave it up for poetry. He counted Horace and Propertius among his friends and wrote an elegy on the death of Tibullus. He became the leading poet of Rome show more but was banished in 8 A.D. by an edict of Augustus to remote Tomis on the Black Sea because of a poem and an indiscretion. Miserable in provincial exile, he died there ten years later. His brilliant, witty, fertile elegiac poems include Amores (Loves), Heroides (Heroines), and Ars Amatoris (The Art of Love), but he is perhaps best known for the Metamorphoses, a marvelously imaginative compendium of Greek mythology where every story alludes to a change in shape. Ovid was admired and imitated throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Jonson knew his works well. His mastery of form, gift for narration, and amusing urbanity are irresistible. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Ovid

Metamorphoses [in translation] (0008) 13,362 copies, 101 reviews
Ars amatoria [in translation] (0001) 1,678 copies, 33 reviews
Heroides [in translation] (1972) — Author — 570 copies, 5 reviews
Fasti [in translation] (0008) — Author — 442 copies, 1 review
Metamorphoses : Books 1-8 [bilingual Latin English] (1916) — Author — 341 copies, 1 review
Metamorphoses : Book 6-15 [bilingual Latin English] (0004) — Author — 246 copies, 1 review
Amores [in translation] (0001) — Writer; Author — 240 copies, 6 reviews
Amores + Heroides [bilingual Latin English] (1921) 237 copies, 1 review
The fall of Icarus (1600) 194 copies, 2 reviews
Tristia [in translation] (1982) 155 copies, 1 review
Metamorphoses : Books 1-5 [in translation] (1925) 154 copies, 1 review
Metamorphoses 6-10 (1972) 133 copies
Fasti [bilingual Latin English] (1931) 127 copies, 1 review
Orpheus in the Underworld (0008) 112 copies
Amores + Ars amatoria [in translation] (1985) 99 copies, 2 reviews
Ovid Ars Amatoria I (1977) 93 copies, 1 review
Selections from Ovid (1969) 76 copies, 2 reviews
Metamorphoses [Norton Critical Editions] (2010) 75 copies, 3 reviews
The Serpent's Teeth (2006) 73 copies, 1 review
Ovid: Selected Poems (1971) 68 copies, 1 review
Tristia + Epistulae ex ponto [in translation] (2008) — Author — 63 copies, 1 review
Complete works (1992) 45 copies, 1 review
Ovid : Metamorphoses : Book 8 (1970) — Writer — 37 copies
Metamorphoses [in Latin] (2004) — Author — 37 copies
Ovid: Heroides XVI-XXI (1996) 37 copies
Ovid: Fasti Book IV (1998) 35 copies, 1 review
Ovid : Metamorphoses : Book I (1988) — Writer; Writer — 31 copies
Epistulae ex Ponto [in translation] (1991) 27 copies, 1 review
Selected works (1939) 27 copies, 1 review
Metamorphoseon: Bk. 1 (Pitt Press Series Latin) (1953) — Writer — 20 copies
Metamorphoses : Books 1-7 (0008) 19 copies
Shakespeare's Ovid (1961) — Author — 18 copies
Tusculum : Ovid : Metamorphosen (1999) — Writer — 16 copies
Ovid : Amores : Book II (1975) — Writer — 16 copies
Ovid : Metamorphoses XI (1972) 15 copies
An Ovid Reader (1969) 15 copies
Metamorphoses : Books 1-4 (1985) 15 copies
The Essential Metamorphoses (2011) 13 copies
Ovid: Fasti Book III (1936) 12 copies
Ovid Fasti II (1985) 11 copies
Ovid's Amores : Book one : A commentary (2011) — Writer — 10 copies
Ovid : Amores : Book 1 (1973) — Writer — 10 copies
A Commentary on Ovid, Tristia, Book 2 (2010) — Author — 10 copies
Ars Amatoria: Selections (1971) 9 copies
Lettres d'amour (1999) 8 copies
Ovid : Amores III : a selection: 2, 4, 5, 14 (2011) — Writer — 8 copies
O Livro dos Dragões (2010) 8 copies, 1 review
25 métamorphoses d'Ovide (1974) 7 copies
Les metamorfosis. III (2012) 7 copies
Fasti [in Latin] (2018) 7 copies
Metamorphoses [bilingual Latin English] (1960) — Author — 6 copies
Ibis (1996) 6 copies
Die erotische Dichtungen (1958) — Author — 6 copies
Les metamorfosis. II (2012) 6 copies
Fasti (0008) 5 copies
Ovid 5 copies
Metamorfosis : II (2019) 5 copies
I cosmetici (1994) 5 copies
Zarzuela castiza (1901) 5 copies
Heldinnenbrieven (2019) 4 copies
Textos mitológicos (2016) 4 copies
LES METAMORFOSIS I VI (1994) 4 copies
Metamorfosis VI-X (2019) 4 copies
Metamorfosi. Vol. II (2000) 4 copies
Metamorfosi: vol. 6. (Libri 13.-15.) (2005) 4 copies, 1 review
Cartas de las hero?nas (2018) 4 copies
Karadeniz'den Mektuplar (2015) 3 copies
Le metamorfosi. Vol. II (1994) 3 copies
Ovid's epistles 3 copies
v.1: Le metamorfosi (1991) 3 copies
Metamorphoses: Selections (1968) 3 copies
O lásce a milování (1990) 3 copies
Dönüsümler (1994) 3 copies
Proměny : výbor (2001) 3 copies
Ausgewählte Dichtungen (1971) 3 copies
21 ELEGIE D`AMORE (1997) 3 copies
The Silver Book of Hope (1999) 3 copies
Heroides 2 copies
Metamorfózy IX-XV (2012) 2 copies
Ovid : Auswahl aus seinen Werken (1997) — Writer — 2 copies
Choix de Métamorphoses (1856) 2 copies
L'Amore 2 copies
Le metamorfosi 2 copies
Przemiany 2 copies
Metamorfosis (2016) 2 copies
Versi e precetti d'amore (1998) 2 copies
L'exil et le salut (1999) 2 copies
Metamorfózy I-VIII (2012) 2 copies
El arte de amar 2 copies
Amores. Arte De Amar (2008) 2 copies
Metamorphoses 2 copies
Gli amori (1997) 2 copies
Métamorphoses, livre X (1999) 2 copies
Ibis: Een verwensing (2020) 2 copies
Umění milovat (2002) 2 copies
Ovid für Verliebte (1999) 2 copies
Contre Ibis 2 copies
Ovids Metamorphosen (1990) 2 copies
Ibis + Ex Ponto + Tristia — Author — 2 copies
Listy heroin (1997) 2 copies
Žalozpěvy 2 copies
Die Kunst der Liebe (2011) 2 copies
Ovid für Liebende (2011) 2 copies
Hulpboekje 2 copies
Kalendergedichten (2022) 2 copies
Los amores (2004) 2 copies
Tristes (1966) 2 copies, 1 review
Las tristes (2004) 2 copies
The Last Poems of Ovid (2010) 2 copies
Carmina Latīna 2 copies
Metamorfosi 1 copy
Ovid in Latin & English 1 copy, 1 review
Tristium 1 copy
Héroïdes 1 copy
Ifasti 1 copy
Przemiany 1 copy
The Amores 1 copy
Promy 1 copy
Arte de amar (2001) 1 copy
Amores 1 copy
Ummyndanir (2009) 1 copy
L'arte amatoria (1995) 1 copy
Las Heroidas 1 copy
Opere vol. I 1 copy
Metamorfosis XI-XV (2020) 1 copy
Pónticas (2022) 1 copy
Ibis 1 copy
FASTOS II (1991) 1 copy
PÒNTIQUES I (1984) 1 copy
PÒNTIQUES II (1985) 1 copy
FASTOS I (1991) 1 copy
Nowele Rzymskie — Contributor — 1 copy
Les Amours par Ovide (1968) 1 copy
De l'amour (2016) 1 copy
Pygmalion 1 copy
Metamorphoses : Books 1-9 [in translation] (1968) — Author — 1 copy
Ovid Nux 1 copy
Metamorp 1 copy
Wandlungen 1 copy
Amorum Libri Tres (1977) 1 copy
Ovid Fasti: Book 5 (1996) 1 copy
Le Metamorfosi e I Fasti - — Author — 1 copy
Carmina 1 copy
Heroides I-X 1 copy
An elegy 1 copy
Ovid, Volume 2 (1915) 1 copy
Filemone e Bauci (2022) 1 copy
Metamorfosis XI-XV (2020) 1 copy
Les Metamorfosis llibres, V 1 copy, 1 review
Pòntiques (1984) 1 copy, 1 review
Obras completas (2005) 1 copy
Przemiany 1 copy
Amors 1 copy
4: ‰Fasti e frammenti (1999) 1 copy
Umenie milovať (1996) 1 copy
Ovid (1999) 1 copy
Amors 1 copy, 1 review
Ovid : Metamorphoses : Book I — Writer — 1 copy
Ibis (Latin Edition) (2010) 1 copy
Los Tristes 1 copy
Art amatòria 1 copy, 1 review
Arte de amar 1 copy
021. Metamorfoses (2007) 1 copy
Tristezas 1 copy
Tristes 1 copy
Fastos (1991) 1 copy, 1 review
Lásky 1 copy
Proměny 1 copy
Aşk Sanatı 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales from Ovid (1997) 1,121 copies, 9 reviews
The Canterbury Tales [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] (2005) — Contributor — 633 copies, 5 reviews
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contributor — 452 copies, 1 review
The Complete Poems and Translations (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 267 copies, 4 reviews
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contributor — 240 copies, 2 reviews
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contributor — 161 copies
A Lycanthropy Reader: Werewolves in Western Culture (1986) — Contributor — 158 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Dragons (2021) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Contributor — 113 copies, 1 review
Roman Readings (1958) — Author — 67 copies
The Smiles of Rome: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers (2005) — Contributor — 59 copies, 2 reviews
Virgil and Other Latin Poets (1923) — Contributor — 38 copies
Springs of Roman Wisdom (1975) — Contributor — 29 copies
Komt een Griek bij de dokter humor in de oudheid (2007) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Conjure Stories [Norton Critical Edition] (2011) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Ribald Reader: 2000 Years of Lusty Love and Laughter (1906) — Contributor — 19 copies, 2 reviews
Loss: An Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 18 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Orphic Mysteries: Digest (Rosicrucian Order AMORC Kindle Edition) (2015) — Contributor — 7 copies, 1 review
Sappho: A New Rendering (1920) 7 copies
To Shiver the Sky (2020) — Composer — 4 copies
The Omnibus of Pleasure: The Pleasure Primer (1943) — Contributor — 2 copies
Ovid's Elegies — Author — 1 copy
Métamorphoses [2014 film] (2014) — Original poems — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Ovidius Naso, Publius
Other names
Ovid
Birthdate
0043-03-20 BCE
Date of death
0017 CE
Gender
male
Nationality
Roman Empire
Country (for map)
Italy
Places of residence
Sulmo, Italy
Tomis, Romania (Constanta)
Rome, Italy
Occupations
poet

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Reviews

Sheesh...the Ancient Greeks were nuts. I mean, to think people worshiped the gods based on these stories! I picked it up because Shakespeare did, but I guess he saw something I didn't. Go figure. ;-) Anyway, I got about halfway through, but have lost interest in favor of other summer reading. I might come back to it eventually.
 
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Library_Guard | 100 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
Rereading after decades.
Phew, mostly rape, murder, and incest. In ten-beat, unrhymed lines.
Then at the end he throws in Mr. Vegetarian, Pythagoras, and the deification of Julius Caesar. The metamorphoses in these are a bit of a stretch. Pythagoras saying that all things change into other things, and a man becoming a god to justify the deification of his son. Augustus is such a swell guy, his dad must be a god! Make it so, Mr. Crusher.
The remarkable things, one of which I noticed as a 14 year old, was the trans story. And it turns out there are two. Both trans-men, of course. And the dual-gender of Hermaphroditus. Neither of these very trans- or bi-friendly, but notable all the same.
The Story of Salmacis (dual gender, but the fountain waters thenceforth to weaken males)
The Story of Iphis and Ianthe (daughter passed off as a son set to marry another woman transformed on their wedding day)
The Story of Caeneus (woman tired of rape asking her rapist to no longer be a woman so to never suffer that again - rapist, as usual, was a god who could arrange this - and the trans-man then becomes a great warrior)
People turning into plants, animals, and stone eventually gets tiresome. But it's in the title.
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marfita | 100 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |
Edición y traducción de Vicente López Soto
 
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jose.calero.gt | 100 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Oh my. Unbearable in Russian. Mostly due to its meter and language, probably imitating the original. With all due respect I thought what's the worth of trudging on? I'm not a PhD student in Ancient Literature after all and the plot is not gripping, unlike many other primary sources.
 
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