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Ovid's Metamorphoses
A Reader for Students in Elementary College Latin

ISBN 9781138291188
Published September 6, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

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

1 Creation begins: (Met. 1.5–150)

First declension; first conjugation present indicative active; present indicative of esse

2 Creation continues: (Met. 1.5–150)

Second declension masculine; second declension neuter

3 Lycaon: (Met. 1.163–252)

Second conjugation present indicative active

4 Deucalion and Pyrrha: (Met. 1.313–415)

Third declension masculine/feminine; third declension neuter; third declension i-stem masculine/feminine; third declension i-stem neuter

5 Apollo and Python: (Met. 1.416–451)

Third conjugation present indicative active; third conjugation -io present indicative active

6 Apollo and Daphne: (Met. 1.452–567)

Imperfect indicative active

7 Phaethon: (Met. 2.1–400)

Future indicative active

8 Cadmus and the founding of Thebes: (Met. 3.1–137)
Third declension masculine/feminine adjectives; third declension neuter adjectives

9 Actaeon: (Met. 3.138–252)

Fourth declension masculine/feminine; fourth declension neuter

10 Semele: (Met. 3.253–315)

Fourth conjugation

11 Tiresias: (Met. 3.316–38)


12 Bacchus and Pentheus: (Met. 3.511–733)

Perfect indicative active

13 Mars and Venus: (Met. 4.167–89)

Pluperfect indicative active; future perfect indicative active

14 Salmacis and Hermaphroditus: (Met. 4.274–388)

Fifth declension

15 The transformation of Cadmus: (Met. 4.563–603)

Relative clauses; relative pronoun

16 Perseus and Atlas: (Met. 4.604–62)

Passive verb forms

17 Perseus and Andromeda: (Met. 4.663–803)

Infinitives; indirect statement

18 The rape of Proserpina: (Met. 5.346–571)


19 Arachne and Minerva: (Met. 6.1–145)

Ablative absolute

20 Niobe: (Met. 6.146–312)

Present subjunctive; jussive subjunctive

21 Tereus, Procne, and Philomela: (Met. 6.401–674)

Imperfect subjunctive; fear clauses

22 Boreas and Orithyia: (Met. 6.675–721)

Deponent verbs; participles of deponent verbs

23 Medea’s rejuvenation of Aeson: (Met. 7.159–293)

Purpose clauses

24 Medea’s punishment of Pelias: (Met. 7.294–349)

Perfect subjunctive; result clauses

25 Scylla and Nisus: (Met. 8.1–151)

Jussive noun clauses

26 Pomona and Vertumnus: (Met. 14.623–771)

Pluperfect subjunctive; conditions

27 Quirinus: (Met. 14.805–51)

Cum clauses

28 Cipus: (Met. 15.547–621)

Relative clauses of characteristic

29 Aesculapius: (Met. 15.622–744)

Indirect question

30 The apotheosis of Caesar: (Met. 15.745–870)

Gerunds and gerundives

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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.