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Book Title: Orpheus in the Underworld|
ISBN 13: 9780146001901
The author of the book: Ovid
Date of issue: August 1st 1995
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Started off very interesting but petered out in the end as it went into too many random Greek myths. The book has a very short section on Orpheus’ journey through hell which was a bit surprising but then goes on to talk about some of the other Greek myths. I learnt one of the places where the festive word Myrrh comes from also. That was a fascinating story about a girl that loved her father and has a child by him and gets turned into a weeping tree – which is one of the gifts that the three wise men bring to gold, frankincense and MYRRH. Myrrha’s father was the grandson of Pygmalion (who was so in love with his statue that he made that the Gods turned the statue into a real women. Fascinating stuff overall but a very small section on Orpheus himself. Also talks a bit about Midas the king who's touch turned everything into Gold.
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Read information about the authorPublius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BCE – CE 17/18), known as Ovid (/ˈɒvɪd/) in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the Amores ("Love Affairs") and Ars Amatoria ("Art of Love"). His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and literature. The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology.
Ovid is traditionally ranked alongside Virgil and Horace, his older contemporaries, as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature. He was the first major Roman poet to begin his career during the reign of Augustus, and the Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. He enjoyed enormous popularity, but in one of the mysteries of literary history he was sent by Augustus into exile in a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained until his death. Ovid himself attributes his exile to carmen et error, "a poem and a mistake", but his discretion in discussing the causes has resulted in much speculation among scholars.
Ovid's prolific poetry includes the Heroides, a collection of verse epistles written as by mythological heroines to the lovers who abandoned them; the Fasti, an incomplete six-book exploration of Roman religion with a calendar structure; and the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, two collections of elegies in the form of complaining letters from his exile. His shorter works include the Remedia Amoris ("Cure for Love"), the curse-poem Ibis, and an advice poem on women's cosmetics. He wrote a lost tragedy, Medea, and mentions that some of his other works were adapted for staged performance.
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