Ovid - Metamorphoses

United Kingdom — 1470–1490

Ovid - Metamorphoses

Ovid - Metamorphoses

F.4.34 Magdalene College Library (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Alternative Titles:
  • Moralised Ovid
  • Ovid - Metamorphosen
  • The Metamorphoses of Ovid
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  2. Codicology
Short Description

This manuscript is the only surviving specimen of a Middle English translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which was completed in 1480 by William Caxton. Instead of translating straight from Latin, Caxton created a somewhat awkward translation of a moralizing French text that has been debated by scholars. Furthermore, analysis of the two volumes has been complicated by the fact that they were separated early on. Although it features an artistic program of 15 miniatures, only four were completed. Recent research has sought to redeem the importance of the first English translation of the Metamorphoses for serious study both in its own right and as a part of a trend in late medieval allegorical works becoming increasingly humanist in nature, rather than emphasizing a rupture between humanism and the traditional medieval worldview.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Moralised Ovid
Ovid - Metamorphosen
The Metamorphoses of Ovid
Date
1470–1490
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The Metamorphoses of Ovid Facsimile

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The Metamorphoses of Ovid Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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1 volume by Willam Caxton
Language: English
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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