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metamorphoses-ovidMARRIEDFATHERJove (also called Jupiter)Impulsive, stubborn meddler in human lives; king of the godsMinerva (also called Pallas)Wise, powerful warrior; goddess of war andof the artsJunoJealous, proud, and vengeful wife; queen ofthe godsVenusKind but sometimes vengeful relationship guru; goddess of loveApollo (also called Phoebus)Headstrong, lustful, and rash; god of the sunand musicDianaFierce virginhuntress; goddessof animals andof the huntNarrator, Book XVverything changes; nothing dies.Year Ovid began publishing his first collection of erotic poems, AmoresYear Metamorphoses was first translated into English Years Ovid spent in exile at the end of his life Year after Julius Caesars death that Ovid was born19Metamorphosesby the Numbers~20 BCE1480Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Oxford Guide to Literature in EnglishTranslation edited by Peter France,, Theoi.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Born near Rome to a prosperous family, Ovid quit a brief career in government to devote himself to writing poetry. Metamorphoses, Ovids most famous work, puts a unique spin on the traditions of classical epic poetry. It remains popular despite Ovids exile beginning in 8 CE.OVID43 BCE17 CEAuthorTransformationBecause the only constant is change, the bodies of gods and mortals shift into new forms in a whirlwind of love, lust, power, and vengeance.Fate & Free WillGods and goddesses interfere in the lives of mortals, raising the question of whether humans have any free will.Power & RevengeGods and goddesses maintain their power by overpowering mortals and exacting revenge, while mortal men try to control women.ArtMany of the characters in the myths use art to express their stories, whether through song, weaving, or sculpting.ViolenceMortals must often face violence from the gods—but also from one another.MotifsHubrisAlthough the gods themselves demonstrate hubris on occasion, they are quick to punish any mortal who shows too much pride.ThemesMetamorphoses stitches together a collection of mythological tales of transformation involving the ancient gods and mortals, from creation to the time of Caesar. The tales teach lessons as the gods insert themselves into human lives, frequently transforming themselves and humans to achieve their goals of love, revenge, and power.EpicTransformationsMAIN CHARACTERSLatinOriginal Languagec. 8 CEYear PublishedOvidAuthorMetamorphosesMythologyEpic Poem

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