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  1. Ovid's Metamorphoses Books 6-10. (English and Latin Edition)
    Ovid's Metamorphoses Books 6-10. (English and Latin Edition)
    Ovid's Metamorphoses Books 6-10. (English and Latin Edition)
    Ovid's Metamorphoses Books 6-10. (English and Latin Edition)
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  2. Ovid's Metamorphoses Books 6-10. (English and Latin Edition)

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Ovid is a poet to enjoy, declares William S. Anderson in his introduction to this textbook. And Anderson’s skillful introduction and enlightening textual commentary will indeed make it a joy to use.

In these books Ovid begins to leave the conflict between men and the gods to concentrate on the relations among human beings. Subjects of the stories include Arachne and Niobe; Tereus, Procne, and Philomela; Medea and Jason; Orpheus and Eurydice; and many others, familiar and unfamiliar. For students of Latin-and teachers, too-they provide an interesting experience.

In his introduction the editor discusses Ovid’s career, the reputation of the Metamorphoses during Ovid’s time and after, and the various manuscripts that exist or have been known to exist. He describes the general plan of the poem, its main theme, and the problem of its tone. Technical matters, such as style and meter, are also considered. In notes the editor summarizes the story being told before proceeding to the line-by-line textual comments.

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The book content is good, but this deserves to be dinged for the Kindle version. There are various formatting issues (spaces in the middle of words, headings inconsistently in boldface), but the biggest thing is that this book includes a whole reference section with footnotes and a cast of characters and no attempt has been made to use the built-in Kindle features like X-ray and footnotes to actually make it accessible while reading, so I didn't even realize it was available until after I finished the book. Given the tremendous number of allusions and characters appearing in this work, I would have really appreciated it while I was reading.
Of the available translations, this is I think the best. Moving backwards and forwards between the Latin and the English, Melville hews closer to the text than someone like Mandelbaum (the translation I used to use as one of my cribs alongside Miller's older Loeb edition translation). I got started on Charles Martin's translation, but got bogged down in it for some reason I can't pinpoint, and Melville has just carried me along, which is a necessary part of the Ovidian experience.

Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, it is possible to get a word-by-word translation/dictionary online at the Perseus/Tufts project, which, even if you have had only a year or so of Latin, is well worth having with you alongside a translation. Check it out!
This edition came highly praised, particularly by Robert Fagles, whose translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey are, in my opinion, the best in the English language. But the review here is for Charles Martin's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. It is one thing to translate into prose, the vernacular, but into vulgarisms and slang, is another. Without going page by page, citing numerous examples, I decided enough is enough in Book V at page 160, where the text reads that after Perseus threw a spear at Phineus, missing him but hitting Rhoetus "full in the face", that, "the crowd went totally ballistic." Yes, that is exactly as written..."the crowd went totally ballistic." I found that phrase totally amazing, and went, like, totally, like, gag me with a spoon. Actually, the phrase "going totally ballistic" is similar to "gag me with a spoon" in that a few years from now it will have fallen out of fashion and will sound just as silly and out of place. Certainly the reader of today... Read more
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