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Let's Discuss Ovid's Metamorphoses - through chapter 8, "Impious Acts.."

This is the source of over 250 classical myths and a prime influence on the work of Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton... Suggested translation - Charles Martin, 2004 - remarkably lively and modern; excellent handling of movement and metaphor.

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  • Alice S.

    Just a note to say that the section on Narcissus is about elegy, about the elegist seeing in the person or times past his own image. Narcissus is a stand-in for Ovid. One critic felt that Ovid was pitting elegy against epic tradition, as well as trying out new poetic techniques. Like Bonnie, I feel this work has to be looked at as poetry, but since it is so lengthy, we could hardly begin to touch on that on a brief meeting. However, I enjoyed the group's interest in this work which brings up so many of the archetypal figures we continue to deal with in our 2013 unconscious.

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • bonnie n.

      Thank you, Alice, for sharing these insights on the section on Narcissus. It was a lively, far-ranging discussion we had last night. Looking forward to seeing everyone next month... Also would like to know if anyone's interested in the Arena Stage production. (I am)

      January 30, 2013

  • chris l.

    They don't appear to be moralistic tales as such. the olympians are superpowered elites acting out of whim, vanity, and pure power

    January 28, 2013

  • Louise

    Is anyone planning to go to see the stage adapatation at Arena? I'm interested.

    January 25, 2013

    • bonnie n.

      Fantastic question! We can raise this possibility Tuesday evening during our discussion. In addition, there's this - offered by my favorite book store, Politics and Prose (for high rollers):

      January 25, 2013

    • bonnie n.

      An Evening Of Myth, Magic And Mystique

      Tuesday, March 5
      Join Politics & Prose co-founder Barbara Meade, and Ovid scholar Melanie Du Bois, for dinner and a performance of Metamorphoses, directed by Mary Zimmerman. $100 includes a reserved seat and a three-course prix-fixe meal with the P&P group at the theater’s Catwalk Café. Click here for more information.

      January 25, 2013

  • chris l.

    gotta pick up speed. working on book three..great so far

    January 14, 2013

    • bonnie n.

      Great news! Are you reading the Charles Martin translation?

      January 14, 2013

  • bonnie n.

    Looking for a few more brave souls to rsvp to read and discuss the first 8 chapters of Ovid's Metamorphoses, which is featured as a class at Politics and Prose and will be produced as a play at Arena Stage early February. Prepare now! You won't regret it....

    January 13, 2013

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