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Heroides
by Ovid and Harold Isbell


Overview - In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides , Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal.  Read more...

 
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In the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and myth. These deeply moving literary epistles reveal the happiness and torment of love, as the writers tell of their pain at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The faithful Penelope wonders at the suspiciously long absence of Ulysses, while Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her bed to follow his destiny, and Sappho--the only historical figure portrayed here--describes her passion for the cruelly rejecting Phaon. In the poetic letters between Paris and Helen the lovers seem oblivious to the tragedy prophesied for them, while in another exchange the youthful Leander asserts his foolhardy eagerness to risk his life to be with his beloved Hero.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780140423556
  • ISBN-10: 0140423559
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: September 1990
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.77 x 5.05 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.46 pounds

Series: Penguin Classics

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Books > Literary Criticism > Ancient and Classical
Books > Poetry > Ancient & Classical

 
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