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Ovid’s Metamorphoses: A Journey Through Transformations

Welcome, students and lovers of literature, to an exploration of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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This epic poem, composed in the Augustan Age of Rome, is a treasure trove of myth and transformation that has influenced Western literature and art for centuries.

Metamorphoses is a collection of over 250 myths, woven together into a semi-continuous narrative that spans from the creation of the world to the deification of Julius Caesar. Its central theme is metamorphosis, or change, which is embodied in various forms throughout the text—gods transform into animals and objects, humans change into trees, stones, flowers, stars, and more.

These pages are will guide you through the rich tapestry of stories, characters, and themes found in Ovid’s book of changes. Whether you’re reading for a class, for personal enrichment, or simply out of curiosity, we hope this resource will enhance your understanding and appreciation of Ovid's masterpiece.

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