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Summer Reading

Please see below for a few things you could do in preparation for this module over this winter's vacation, 2021-2022. If you are reading this page before January 2022 you are already making a great start!

First, you can start by reading the primary texts, especially Ovid's Metamorphoses. Please make sure you use the editions recommended in the Syllabus (Raeburn's translation for Ovid) if you are reading the texts in English, as I will base the commentary sections of the exam on those editions, and translations of poetry can vary quite a lot.

  • NB If you are taking the module as a Latin-language option, you can start reading in the original Ovid's Metamorphoses 14 with the Green & Yellow commentary by Sara Myers, which is the prescribed edition.

Secondly, you may want to start reading some of the secondary literature. An initial bibliography is available on Talis Aspire (also via moodle, see 'reading list') and will be updated during the winter break.

  • I would recommend you to start by listening to the podcast of In Our Time devoted to Ovid's Metamorphoses:
  • You can then have a look at some chapters in the Cambridge Companion to Ovid
  • There are good introductions to Ovid's Metamorphoses by Elaine Fantham (2004, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Oxford) and Genevieve Liveley (2010, Ovid's "Metamorphoses": A Reader's Guide, London), both available online.