1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138291188
Published September 6, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages

USD $44.95

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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

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

Tiresias Demonstratives

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

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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.