Ovid's Metamorphoses



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University of California Press
5 December 2023
ISBN: 9780520394858
680 pages

From the publisher

This fresh translation revives the politics and power at play in classical mythology's foremost source

Centuries of conservative translators have robbed the Metamorphoses of its subversive force. In this boldly lyrical translation, C. Luke Soucy revives the magnum opus of Rome's most clever and creative poet, faithfully matching the epic's wit and style while confronting the sexuality, violence, and politics so many previous translations have glossed over.

Soucy's powerful version breathes new life into Ovid's mythic world, where canonical power dynamics are challenged from below to drain heroes of their heroism, give victims their say, and reveal an earth holier than heaven. Incorporating the latest scholarship alongside annotations, illustrations, and glossary, this edition brings fresh insights to both returning and new readers.