Here’s Why Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” Is Popular Once Again

Gareth Williams’ new book explains why the classic poem is just right for our times.

Gareth Williams' research interests include classical Latin poetry, especially elegy, imperial Latin poetry, especially silver epic, Senecan philosophical prose, and Renaissance humanism.

Ovid’s Metamorphoses has entranced audiences for 2,000 years, from Rome under Augustus to humanities classrooms today. Borrowing liberally from Greek and Roman mythology, the poem tells hundreds of stories that share one essential them: Each tale depicts a transformation from one physical form into another...

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