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Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Poetry and Art

Tues. 1pm Eastern

Course Description: Ovid’s epic poem, which chronicles the history of the universe through stories of transformation, has been one of the most influential texts written in Latin. Like its subject matter, the poem is protean and difficult to pin down, defying any single interpretation. For this reason it has inspired a wide range of artists, writers, and thinkers ever since its publication. We will read the entire Metamorphoses in English translation in this course, and we will learn the myths, track the recurring themes, and discuss the importance of art, both within the narrative and for the poem as a work of art in itself. In each meeting, we will also look at works by other artists (many painters and sculptors, but also artists of the written word) who were inspired by the Metamorphoses and who transformed Ovid’s poetry into their own original artistic creations.


Level: This course is open to students at all levels. No prior knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.
Textbook: Martin, Charles, trans. and ed. 2010. Ovid: Metamorphoses. New York; London: W. W. Norton & Company
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Rachel Philbrick

Rachel grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and earned her PhD in Classics from Brown University in 2016. She also holds degrees from Cornell University, American University, and the University of Kentucky. This past year, she was Assistant Professor at the ICCS in Rome and had the pleasure of spending lockdown in the Eternal City.