Ovid's Heroines by Clare Pollard

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These letters remind us that he, of all Latin love poets, understood the plight of the person left behind, waiting for news...And this breezy, witty translation should give new readers the chance to share this understanding.
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Ovid's Heroides, written in Rome some time between 25 and 16 BC, was once his most popular work. The title translates as ""Heroines."" It is a series of poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth - including Phaedra, Medea, Penelope, and Ariadne - addressed to the men they love. Clare Pollard's new translation rediscovers Ovid's Heroines for the 21st century, with a cast of women who are brave, bitchy, sexy, suicidal, horrifying, heartbreaking, and surprisingly modern. ""This breezily modern take on Heroides is a delight. . . Pollard effortlessly brings legendary Greek and Roman characters like Penelope, Dido, and Medea, and their sorrows, out of myth and into the twenty-first century.""--World Lit. Today February 2014
 

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David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the & quot;Eclogues& quot; and & quot;Georgics& quot; of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.
 
Published December 2, 2013 by Bloodaxe Books Ltd. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Natalie Haynes on Jun 14 2013

These letters remind us that he, of all Latin love poets, understood the plight of the person left behind, waiting for news...And this breezy, witty translation should give new readers the chance to share this understanding.

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