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PVBLI OVIDI NASONIS
POEMATA QVAEDAM EXCERPTA
POEMS OF OVID
CHIEFLY THE METAMORPHOSES
J. H. AND W. F. ALLEN AND J. B. GREENOUGH
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by
J. H. ALLEN AND J. B. GREENOUGH, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
NOTE. This Selection follows generally the text of Merkel (1866), the reading of Siebelis being preferred in one or two instances. We have endeavored to exhibit as far as possible within our limits the variety of Ovid's style and genius, and especially to preserve the more interesting biographical hints of the Amores and the Tristia. The greater portion of the book is however made up, necessarily, from the Metamorphoses, of which we have taken about a third. By help of the Argument, which is given in full, we aim not merely to show the connection of the tales and the ingenuity of the transi. tions, necessary to comprehend the poem as a whole, — but to put before the reader something like a complete picture of the Greek mythology; at least of those narratives which have held their permanent place in the modern mind and have entered more or less into every modern literature.
The grammatical references are to Allen and Greenough's and Gildersleeve's Latin Grammars.
CAMBRIDGE, January 15, 1875.