Metamorphoses (Clothbound Classics)

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. 1880 edition. : ...tecta palustri, 630 sed pia Baucis anus parilique aetate Philemon illa sunt annis iuncti iuvenalibus, illa consenuere casa paupertatemque fatendo effecere levem nec iniqua mente ferendo. nec refert, dominos illic famulosve requiras: 635 tota domus duo sunt, idem parentque iubentque. Ergo ubi caelicolae parvos tetigere penates afler opem mersaeque precor feritate paterna da neptune locum, vel sit locus ipsa ipse h1 ipsa h'J licebit. hunc hanc quoque conplectar. mouit caput aequoreus rex concussitque suis omnes assensibus undas. extimuit nymphe, nabat tamen; ipse ipsa natantis tenebam pectora tegebam tangebam tepido salientia motu. dumque ea contraecto, totum durescere sensi corpus et inductis condi praecordia terris. dum loquor e. q. s. quae spuria ette, divertit temporibui a divertit haud ita bene conpotita, cognovit Merkel 620 tiliae (tili i. r.) ? 621 medio ? i modico « Heim. 624 haud ex aut M 632 ill M iuven.tlibus M am (fuit iuuenalibus) iuuenilibus » 633 lerendo ? 634 ferendo, in marg. u ferendo M ferendam X 635 famulosne M famulosne ? 637 paucos M summissoque humiles intraruut vertice postes, membra senex posito iussit relevare sedili, quo superiniecit textum rude sedula Baucis. 640 inde foco tepidum cinerem dimovit et ignes suscitat hesternos foliisque et cortice sicco nutrit et ad flammas anima producit anili. multifidasque faces ramaliaque arida tecto detulit et minuit parvoque admovit aëno. 645 quodque suus coniunx riguo conlegerat horto, truncat holus foliis. furca levat ille bicorni sordida terga suis nigro pendentia tigno servatoque diu resecat de tergore partem exiguam sectamque domat ferventibus undis. 650 Interea medias fallunt sermonibus horas concutiuntque torum de molli fluminis ulva 655 inpositum lecto, sponda pedibusque salignis. vestibus hunc velant, quas non nisi tempore festo sternere consuerant: sed et haec vilisque vetusque vestis erat, lecto non indignanda saligno....

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David Horovitch's richly enunciated delivery is a superb vehicle for the classical style, with its elevated diction and its elaborate rhetorical and poetic figures. Ovid poses a special challenge, and only a reader with expert pacing, matched with a sensitivity to nuances of tone and language, could deliver this text to its full impact. This Ovid is a delight. Horovitch expresses both Ovid's elegance and his lightness of touch. A word like 'nectar' drips with honeyed sweetness, and even 'water' sounds multisyllabic. Ovid's tales of change and transformation 'Actaeon into a stag, Zeus into a bull, the whole of reality in a constant state of metamorphosis' offer as enduring a vision as any in literature. Horovitch has a great voice for the classics. --D.A.W., AudioFile

I hadn't realised before what a comprehensive collection of stories it contains: Greek and Roman myths, but also Roman history up to the time of Julius Caesar. One story leads to another like Chinese puzzle balls, some tragic, some erotic, some satirical. No wonder it has been influential ever since it was completed in AD8. David Horovitch's warm, trenchant voice is perfect for Johnston's graceful and natural-sounding lines. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

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