Metamorphoses is a narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, completed around 8 CE. It is a collection of myths and legends from Greek and Roman antiquity, spanning all of human history and each involving a transformation of some kind. The poem is divided into fifteen books and contains over 250 individual stories, ranging from the creation of the world to the deification of Julius Caesar. Metamorphoses is Ovid’s most famous work and has inspired many influential writers in Western literature, from Geoffrey Chaucer to William Shakespeare. It has been adapted for the stage and screen numerous times. Explore a Full Poem Summary, an in-depth character analysis of Jupiter, and important quotes.


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