Category Archives: Ovid

Ovid Metamorphoses 1.525-58 (contributed by Anne Dicks)

Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne statue group in the Galleria Borghese in Rome – can I get away with giving that as my preferred translation?  Notice the desperation of Daphne’s flight, how Apollo can still feel her heart beating under the light new covering of bark, how the toes are becoming roots and the hair becoming […]

Ovid Metamorphoses 3.368-99 (contributed by Rachel Carter)

I was captivated by this extract when I read it recently with a student: the clever echoing wordplay, and the heartbreaking pathos of the nymph’s hope and disappointment in love. Rachel Carter   Ergo ubi Narcissum per devia rura vagantem vidit et incaluit, sequitur vestigia furtim, quoque magis sequitur, flamma propiore calescit,                          370 non aliter, […]

Ovid, Tristia 3.7.31-54 (contributed by Andrew James Sillett)

At the halfway point of his five books of Tristia, the exiled Ovid turns to the themes of lyric and contemplates old age, art and the limits of human endeavour. Difficult not to be moved by couplet 47-8, expressing the primacy of the arts in the expansive hexameter, and relegating Caesar, that rex superbus, to his […]