1st Edition

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

By Christine L. Albright Copyright 2018
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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


    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.