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Metamorphoses | Book Summaries


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Book 1 Ovid opens his poem by following the traditions of epic poetry: He begins Metamorphoses with an invocation to the gods, ... Read More
Book 2 Phaethon journeys to beg the Sun, Apollo, to validate that he is Phaethon's father. He asks Apollo to give him his chari... Read More
Book 3 As soon as Europa ceases to fear him, Jupiter sheds his bull disguise. Meanwhile Europa's father sends her brother, Cadm... Read More
Book 4 Like Pentheus in Book 3, the three daughters of Minyas question Bacchus's legitimacy and refuse to worship him. Priests ... Read More
Book 5 At Perseus and Andromeda's wedding celebration, Phineus, Andromeda's former fiancé, challenges Perseus to a fight to ave... Read More
Book 6 Calliope's tales cause Minerva to think of the story of Arachne, a world-renowned weaver. Arachne is so proud she won't ... Read More
Book 7 Jason and his men, the Argonauts, visit King Aeetes of Colchis to win the Golden Fleece, a piece of golden wool that bel... Read More
Book 8 Cephalus and his men arrive in Athens. Elsewhere, Nisus reigns in Alcathous, which is at war with King Minos of Crete. N... Read More
Book 9 Achelous tells the story of a girl named Deianira whom he once wooed. Hercules was also pursuing her and tried to dazzle... Read More
Book 10 Orpheus and Eurydice are married, but moments later she is bitten by a snake and dies. Orpheus descends to Hades, where ... Read More
Book 11 Orpheus continues singing, charming not only animals but even rocks and trees with his music. Suddenly a furious band of... Read More
Book 12 Priam, the king of Troy, mourns for his son Aesacus. Paris, Aesacus's brother, is missing from the funeral rites. He has... Read More
Book 13 Ajax and Ulysses can't seem to settle their dispute over Achilles's armor, so a council assembles to decide for them. Aj... Read More
Book 14 Glaucus asks the goddess Circe for help in wooing Scylla after she initially rebuffs him. Circe offers herself to him in... Read More
Book 15 Now that Romulus is a god, the question is raised of who will succeed him as ruler. The studious Numa is elected as the ... Read More
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