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Metamorphoses

Publius (Ovid) Ovidius Naso

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Genres:

Philosophy

Description:

The Metamorphoses of Ovid is probably one of the best known, certainly one of the most influential works of the Ancient world. It consists of a narrative poem in fifteen books that describes the creation and history of the world through mythological tales, starting with a cosmogony and finishing with the deification of Julius Caesar. Published around 8 AD, the Metamorphoses are a source, sometimes the only source, for many of the most famous ancient myths, such as the stories of Daedalus and Icarus, Arachne or Narcisus. Ovid works his way through his subject matter often in an apparently arbitrary fashion; however, the connection between all the seemingly unconnected stories is that all of them talk about transformation. Change as the only permanent aspect of nature is the certainty that underlies the work of Ovid, who jumps from one transformation tale to another, sometimes retelling what had come to be seen as central events in the world of Greek myths and sometimes straying in odd directions. The poem is often called a mock-epic. It is written in dactylic hexameter, the form of the great heroic and nationalistic epic poems, both those of the ancient tradition (the Iliad and Odyssey) and of Ovid's own day (the Aeneid). It begins with the ritual "invocation of the muse," and makes use of traditional epithets and circumlocutions. But instead of following and extolling the deeds of a human hero, it leaps from story to story sometimes in very cunning ways, and, because of the clever ways in which it connects the stories, the Metamorphoses were once called the "Thousand and One Nights of the Ancient World". (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Leni)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

14h 50m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

27:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

26:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

29:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

27:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

23:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

26:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

20:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

16:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

20:07