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Metamorphoses, the Roman Book of Genesis

14 Mar 2021 | Roman

It’s the Latin language epic (meaning “Book of Transformations”), composed by Ovid, with over 250 myths across 15 books, telling the world’s history to Romans throughout ancient times explaining the origin of the world, from the shapeless elements of a young and empty land, passing by the fall of Troy, the ascension of the Roman empire ending with Julius Caesar’s divination during Emperor Augustus reign.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) was a Roman poet who lived during the first Roman emperor rule, Augustus, and lived in the same age as Virgil and Horace. Even though the author enjoyed a massive appreciation at his time, Ovid was banished from Rome to the distant province of Tomis (today’s Romania), dying there around the year 18AD.

Metamorphoses is Ovid’s opus magnum work and inspired great writers such as Dante Alighieri (considered the father of the Italian language), Giovanni Boccaccio, Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare.

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