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Madness transformed : a reading of Ovid's Metamorphoses

Author: Lee Fratantuono
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Madness Transformed: A Reading of Ovid's Metamorphoses is a detailed critical examination of a masterpiece of Augustan Latin epic poetry. In the manner of Lee Fratantuono's previous volume, Madness Unchained: A Reading of Virgil's Aeneid, this sequel seeks to explicate Ovid's magnum opus by moving scene by scene through the entire work. Through a close study of Ovid's limpid dactylic hexameters, Fratantuono  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ovid
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Fratantuono
ISBN: 9780739129432 0739129430 9780739129449 0739129449
OCLC Number: 704121012
Description: xxv, 487 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Into new bodies --
The Palace of the Sun --
And now the god confessed --
But not the daughter of Minyas --
While the Danaean hero ... --
Tritonia had listened --
And now the Minyans --
Now the east wind fell --
The Neptunian hero ... --
And then, veiled in saffron ... --
While with such a song ... --
Priam, unknowing ... --
The leaders sat --
And now Etna ... --
Meanwhile there is sought ...
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Madness Transformed: A Reading of Ovid's Metamorphoses is a detailed critical examination of a masterpiece of Augustan Latin epic poetry. In the manner of Lee Fratantuono's previous volume, Madness Unchained: A Reading of Virgil's Aeneid, this sequel seeks to explicate Ovid's magnum opus by moving scene by scene through the entire work. Through a close study of Ovid's limpid dactylic hexameters, Fratantuono demonstrates how the Metamorphoses stands forth as a bold answer to both the Aeneid and Horace's odes, as another poetic consideration of the enigma that was the Augustan principate. Madness Transformed considers each tale of wondrous metamorphosis and ironic commentary as it seeks to provide a coherent reading of what might appear to be a most incoherent poem. The primary method for this journey through Ovid is a close reading of what Ovid the epic poet (and Roman historian) actually says. These considrations will prove valuable to any reader of classical literature and Roman history from novice to expert. An annotated bibliography provides a guide to further reading on the poem, while the introduction offers a foundation for this study: Ovid as reader of Virgil and Horace, in the aftermath of some of the more momentous turning points of Augustus' reign. The madness that was unchained in Virgil, destined to haunt Rome forever, is now revealed by Ovid to have been transformed, as Rome moves definitively from the Republic to the Empire.

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There is much to recommend this book, especially the many cross references to Vergil, coming as they do from the pen of a first rate Vergilian scholar. Fratantuono's commentary reminds us of the Read more...

 
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