Ovid’s Metamorphoses is an epic poem in fifteen books that offers a panoramic vision of classical mythology from the creation of the world through the apotheosis of Julius Caesar. The hexameter epic was composed in the last years before the poet’s exile in 8 CE; the text that has survived is complete, though now and again it shows evidence of a lack of final revision. Ovid refers to his own work at Tristia 1.1.117–120, where he speaks of the fifteen books of his epic that have been saved from the metaphorical funeral pyre, books that reflect the poet’s own changing fortunes in the wake of his banishment to Tomis. Ovid’s magnum opus is deeply invested in intertextual relationships with the literary achievements of his predecessors, including the tradition of metamorphic myth that was popular in the Hellenistic Age. It is also very much a product of the political and social milieu of Augustan Rome, with attendant reflection and commentary on the nature of the Augustan principate and the place of the poet in the nascent new order. Ovid’s epic of transformation and wondrous metamorphosis has had a profound influence on later art and literature, inspiring works as diverse as the 14th-century Old French Ovide moralisé, the paintings of the Italian Renaissance master Titian, and the first opera of Mozart (Apollo et Hyacinthus, K. 38).
The text of Ovid’s Metamorphoses is preserved in a tradition of relatively late date and abundant medieval manuscript witnesses. The dearth of ancient evidence and lack of survival of scholia for the epic have contributed to a sometimes challenging textual environment that is replete with doublets, possible interpolations, and occasional significant cruxes. Tarrant 2004 offers the best available text, though it does not completely supplant Anderson 1977. Goold 1977–1984 offers a valuable appraisal of the problems by a master Latinist.
Anderson, W. S. 1977. Ovidius Metamorphoses. Leipzig and Stuttgart: Teubner.
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A conservative edition based on the primary witnesses. Second edition 1981.
Goold, G. P., ed. 1977–1984. Ovid: Metamorphoses. 2 vols. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press.
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Goold’s revision of the Loeb edition of the Metamorphoses offers a serviceable text (without apparatus) and translation, with some bibliographical and ancillary material.
Tarrant, R. J. 2004. P. Ovidi Nasonis Metamorphoses. Oxford Classical Texts. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.
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The standard critical edition of the poem, with a full report of the manuscript tradition.
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Wole Soyinka - Bibliography
|A Dance of the Forests. – London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1963|
|The Lion and the Jewel. – London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1963|
|Three Plays. – Evanston, IL, 1962. – Content: The Trials of Brother Jero ; The Strong Breed ; The Swamp Dwellers|
|Five Plays. – London : Oxford Univ Press, 1964. – Content: A Dance of the Forests ; The Lion and the Jewel ; The Swamp Dwellers ; The Trials of Brother Jero ; The Strong Breed|
|The Road. – London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1965|
|Kongi's Harvest. – London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1967 (1966?)|
|Three Short Plays. – London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1969|
|Madmen and Specialists. – London : Methuen, 1971|
|The Jero Plays. – London : Eyre Methuen, cop. – 1973. – Content: The Trials of Brother Jero ; Jero's Metamorphosis|
|Camwood on the Leaves. – London : Eyre Methuen, 1973|
|Collected Plays. – London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1973-1974. – 2 vol.|
|Death and the King's Horseman. – London : Eyre Methuen, 1975|
|Opera Wonyosi. – Bloomington : Indiana Univ. Press, 1981|
|A Play of Giants. – London : Methuen, 1984|
|Requiem for a Futurologist. – London : Rex Colling, 1985|
|From Zia, With Love ; and, A Scourge of Hyacints. – London : Methuen drama, 1992|
|King Baabu : a Play in the Manner - Roughly - of Alfred Jarry. – London : Methuen, 2002|
|Idanre & Other Poems. – London : Methuen, 1967|
|Poems From Prison. – London : Rex Collings, 1969|
|A Shuttle in the Crypt. – London : Rex Collings/Eyre Methuen, cop. – 1972. – Expanded edition of Poems from Prison|
|Ogun Abibimañ. – London : Rex Collings, 1976|
|Mandela's Earth and Other Poems. – New York : Random House, cop. – 1988|
|Early Poems. – New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. – Content: Idanre & Other Poems ; A Shuttle in the Crypt|
|Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known. – London : Methuen, 2002|
|The Interpreters. – London : Andre Deutsch, 1965|
|The Man Died : Prison Notes. – London : Rex Collings, 1972|
|Season of Anomy. – London : Rex Collings, 1973|
|Myth, Literature and the African World. – Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 1976|
|Aké : the Years of Childhood. – London : Collings, 1981|
|Art, Dialogue & Outrage : Essays on Literature and Culture. – Ibadan : New Horn Press, 1988|
|Ìsarà : a Voyage Around "Essay". – New York: Random House, 1989|
|Ibadan : the Penkelemes Years : a Memoir: 1946-1965. – London : Methuen, 1994|
|The Open Sore of a Continent : a Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis. – New York : Oxford University Press, 1996|
|The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness. – London : Oxford University Press, 1998|
|Salutation to the Gut. – Ibadan, Nigeria : Bookcraft Ltd, Pocket gifts, cop. – 2002|
|The Climate of Fear : the Reith Lectures 2004. – London : Profile, 2004|
|You Must Set Forth at Dawn : a Memoir. – Random House, 2006|
|Critical studies (a selection)|
|Critical perspectives on Wole Soyinka / ed. by James Gibbs. – London : Heinemann, 1981|
|Larsen, Stephan, A Writer and His Gods : a Study of the Importance of Yoruba Myths and Religious Ideas to the Writing of Wole Soyinka. – Stockholm : Stockholm Univ., 1983|
|Maduakor, Obi, Wole Soyinka : an Introduction to His Writing. – New York : Garland, 1986|
|Before Our Very Eyes : Tribute to Wole Soyinka, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature / edited by Dapo Adelugba. – Ibadan : Spectrum Books, 1987|
|Research on Wole Soyinka / edited by James Gibbes & Bernth Lindfors. – Trenton : Africa World Press, 1993|
|Wright, Derek, Wole Soyinka Revisited. – New York : Twayne, cop. 1993|
|Wole Soyinka : an Appraisal / edited by Adewale Maja-Pearce. Oxford : Heinemann, 1994|
|Ojaide, Tanure, The Poetry of Wole Soyinka. – Lagos : Malthouse Press, 1994|
|Msiska, Mpalive-Hangson, Wole Soyinka. – Plymouth : Northcote House, 1998|
|Conversations with Wole Soyinka / edited by Biodun Jeyifo. – Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2001|
|Ebewo, Patrick, Barbs : a Study of Satire in the Plays of Wole Soyinka. – Kampala, Uganda : JANyeko Pub. Centre, 2002|
|Jeyifo, Biodun, Wole Soyinka : Politics, Poetics, Postcolonialism. – New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005|
The Swedish Academy, 2006
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