Myth-Folklore Unit: Ovid's Metamorphoses (Books 8-10)

Overview. The readings for this unit come Ovid's Metamorphoses, as translated into English by Tony Kline. These particular stories comes from Books 8-10 of Ovid's epic poem, and you will probably recognize some of the more famous myths here, such as the story of Daedalus and his son Icarus, or the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. There are also the legends of the birth and the death of the great hero Hercules, along with more love stories, both happy and sad, and even horrifying, as in the incestuous love story of Myrrha and Cinyras.

Language. This is a modern English prose translation of Ovid's epic poem. That means the language might pose some difficulties, but not too many. Just remember that you are reading a poem intended for a sophisticated literary audience in ancient Rome; you were not Ovid's intended audience! :-)

Navigation. You will find the table of contents below, and you can also use this link to see the story posts displayed on two pages total: Ovid's Metamorphoses III. Click "Older Posts" at the bottom of that page to see the second page.

Notes. This unit does not have notes on every page yet, so please feel free to ask questions if something is not clear — and your questions will help me write better notes, too! You can ask your question by leaving a comment, just like at any other blog. You can also rate each page with the star ratings checkbox at the bottom of each post. Your feedback and questions are much appreciated!

Choosing Between Units. There are three different units with myths from Ovid's Metamorphoses as follows: Metamorphoses IMetamorphoses IIMetamorphoses III. They can be read independently and in any order, so take a look at each one and see the myths listed in the Table of Contents for each unit that might grab your attention. And if you want to give yourself a crash course in Greek mythology, you can choose two of the three units, reading Ovid for both Week 2 and Week 3!

Read More. In this unit, you read only a small part of Ovid's Metamorphoses. If you want to read Tony Kline's complete translation, you can find it online at his website: Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Additional Resources. Wikipedia has good background information about Ovid's life, and also about The Metamorphoses. For learning more about the Greek gods and goddess, is an excellent resource.

  1. Daedalus and Icarus
  2. Philemon and Baucis
  3. Transformation of Philemon and Baucis
  4. Ceres and Erysichthon
  5. The Famine
  6. Achelous
  7. The Shirt of Nessus
  8. The Death of Hercules
  9. Birth of Hercules
  1. Orpheus and Eurydice
  2. Ganymede and Hyacinthus
  3. Pygmalion
  4. Myrrha and Cinyras
  5. Myrrha and the Nurse
  6. Myrrha's Punishment
  7. Venus and Adonis
  8. Atalanta and Hippomenes
  9. The Foot-Race
  10. The Death of Adonis

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