Ovid’s Metamorphoses is a Latin reader designed to partner existing elementary Latin textbooks.
The book features thirty compelling stories, graduated in difficulty and adapted from Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses into prose. The original poem contains many different stories united thematically by the transformation which occurs in all of them; the epic features romance, seduction, humour, violence, monsters, and misbehaving gods.
Each chapter contains:
- a Latin passage adapted from the epic
- an accompanying vocabulary list
- a short commentary to help with translation
- a concise review of the specific grammar covered
- a brief comment on a literary aspect of the poem, or featured myth.
Suitable for college students studying Latin at the elementary level, Ovid’s Metamorphoses is designed to be used alongside elementary Latin textbooks. Preserving Ovid’s language and highly vivid descriptions, this reader introduces students to the epic masterpiece, allows them to consolidate their understanding of Latin prose, and offers opportunities for literary discussion.
Christine Albright is the 2020 recipient of the CAMWS Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award.
Table of Contents
Creation Begins First Declension; First Conjugation Present Indicative; Present Indicative of Esse
Creation Continues Second Declension
Lycaon Second Conjugation Present Indicative
Deucalion and Pyrrha Third Declension
Apollo and Python Third Conjugation Present Indicative
Apollo and Daphne First, Second, Third Conjugations Imperfect Indicative; Imperfect Indicative of Esse
Phaethon First, Second, Third Conjugations Future Indicative; Future Indicative of Esse
Cadmus and the Founding of Thebes Third Declension Adjectives
Actaeon Fourth Declension
Semele Fourth Conjugation Present, Imperfect, and Future Indicative
Bacchus and Pentheus Perfect Indicative
Mars and Venus Pluperfect and Future Perfect Indicative
Salmacis and Hermaphroditus Fifth Declension
The Transformation of Cadmus Relative Clauses
Perseus and Atlas Passive Verb Forms
Perseus and Andromeda Infinitives and Indirect Statement
The Rape of Proserpina Participles
Arachne and Minerva Ablative Absolute
Niobe Jussive Subjunctive; Present Subjunctive
Tereus, Procne, and Philomela Fear Clauses; Imperfect Subjunctive
Boreas and Orithyia Deponent Verbs
Medea’s Rejuvenation of Aeson Purpose Clauses
Medea’s Punishment of Pelias Result Clauses; Perfect Subjunctive
Scylla and Nisus Jussive Noun Clauses
Pomona and Vertumnus Conditions; Pluperfect Subjunctive
Quirinus Cum Clauses
Cipus Relative Clauses of Characteristic
Aesculapius Indirect Questions
The Apotheosis of Caesar Gerunds and Gerundives
Christine L. Albright is Assistant Professor and Elementary Languages Program Coordinator at the University of Georgia, USA. Albright is the 2020 recipient of the CAMWS Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award.