But the god of the trident, who rules the ocean waters, grieved, with a father’s feelings, for the son changed into a swan, the bird of Phaethon, and, hating fierce Achilles, he nursed an excessive anger in his memory. (Ovid Metamorphoses 12.580–584)
The Book Club selection for January is taken from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which will provide a Roman perspective of some stories and characters we have previously encountered in the ancient Greek world. We will be reading Books 12 and 13.
You can read from any translation you like. Here is a selection of versions that are available online for free:
- A.S. Kline—online, at the University of Virginia
- Frank Justus Miller—read online or download in various file formats, at archive.org
- Brookes More—on Perseus, where you can also find the Latin text
- This translation is also available as a Librivox audio recording at archive.org
The discussion is open in the forum now, and there will be a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, January 31, at 11 a.m. EST.