The past few years have seen several new translations of[Ovid s] work appear and a few acute scholarly studies, too.Among the more accessible of the latter category is KatharinaVolk s introduction to Ovid Volk, a professor ofclassics at Columbia and the new editor of The Transactions of theAmerican Philological Association,is about as high a star in theAmerican academic firmament as one might find. Her tone is devoidof the jargon and pretense by which many an Ovidian monograph ismarred. After concise initial chapters on the poet s work andlife, we find sensible discussions on elegy, women, and Rome, aswell as a selective survey of Ovid s subsequent reception inWestern art and literature. (Sewanee Review,2012)
" ...the book is truly first-class. It will, I believe, becomeinvaluable for any course in which Ovid is a central component..."(BMCR, 6 February 2012)
"Katharina Volk's Ovid is a wonderfully deft and spiritedintroduction to the whole of the poet's oeuvre, covering aremarkable amount of ground in just under 150 pages ." (TimesLiterary Supplement, 16 September 2011)
"That quibble aside, this is an admirable book, suitable as bothan up-to-date introduction for tyros and as a refreshing overviewof matters Ovidian for advanced scholars." (Acta Classica,1December 2011)Vom Verlag:
This book provides a unique and accessible introduction to the complete works of Ovid. Using a thematic approach, Volk lays out what we know about Ovid's life, presents the author's works within their poetic genres, and discusses central Ovidian themes.* The first general introduction to Ovid written in English in over 20 years, offering the very latest Ovidian scholarship* Discusses the complete works of Ovid* Accessible writing and a thematic approach make this text ideal for a broad audience* A current revival in Ovid makes this timely edition highly valuable
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