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Publisher's Summary

Humphries has rendered (Ovid's) love poetry with conspicuous success into English which is neither obtrusively colloquial nor awkwardly antique.

©1957 Indiana University Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

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The translation is suspect. Painful modernisms.

The narrator is excellent.

The translation is suspect though. "In plainer English"?! "savoir faire"?! "Negligees?!" This is ridiculous. Ovid was born in 43BC he never heard a word of "English" Nor had anyone else in his era. "Plainer English" Thats just painful. The modernistic turns of phrase here are painful but otherwise an excellent program.

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Fascinating History

As to how sophisticated they were (and how little has changed). Best part: how to treat a girl at the chariot races.

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  • 07-26-20

Good translation weird voice

Translation is 1950s, so slightly dated, but otherwise quite understandable. Wouldn't have personally picked the voice actor to read ovid, but enjoyed the listen anywho.