Erudite but light-hearted, dramatic yet playful, the
Metamorphoses has influenced writers and artists throughout
the centuries from Shakespeare and Titian to Picasso and Ted
Ovid (43BC-18AD) was born at Sulmo (Sulmona) in central Italy.
Coming from a wealthy Roman family and seemingly destined for a
career in politics, he held minor official posts before leaving
public service to write, becoming the most distinguished poet of
his time. His works, all published in Penguin Classics, include
Amores, a collection of short love poems; Heroides,
verse-letters written by mythological heroines to their lovers;
Ars Amatoria, a satirical handbook on love; and
Metamorphoses, his epic work that has inspired countless
writers and artists through the ages.
David Raeburn is a lecturer in Classics at Oxford, and has also translated Sophocles' Electra and Other Plays for Penguin Classics.
Denis Feeney is Professor of Classics at Princeton.