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Metamorphoses: Plot Summary
Metamorphoses: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Metamorphoses: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ovid
Historical Context of Metamorphoses
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- Full Title: Metamorphoses
- When Written: 8 C.E.
- Where Written: Italy
- When Published: 8 C.E.
- Literary Period: Ancient Roman
- Genre: Epic Poem
- Setting: The universe, ancient Greece, ancient Rome
- Climax: The fall of Troy
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Metamorphoses
Treasonous Monogamy. During Ovid’s literary career, he contributed public writings that addressed adultery’s status as a crime. This support of monogamy—which went against the norm at the time of Augustus’s reign in the Roman empire—is one possible cause of Ovid’s exile to Tomis.
Lost Writing. Some of Ovid’s work is not preserved in its entirety. For example, a play named Medea—Ovid’s one tragedy—did not survive his lifetime. Of the entire play, only a few lines and fragments are preserved.