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OWU Presents Readings of Ovid's Metamorphoses

March 22, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Humanities-Classics Department at Ohio Wesleyan University is sponsoring an exciting reading of epic verse-marathon-style, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.­ on Tuesday, March 29 in the Bayley Room of OWU's Beeghly Library. Ovid brought his epic poem "Metamorphoses," down to the Ides of March, 44 B.C., when the Roman Chief of State, Julius Caesar, was assassinated.
"Two thousand and forty-nine years later, a band of Ohio Wesleyan students, faculty and friends, will recite out loud this account from creation through all of the mythological monsters and heroes ever seen in this era's Hollywood productions.
As OWU Professor of Humanities-Classics Don Lateiner explains, "the students will be reading the humorous and anti-heroic epic of Ovid the Nose, a contemporary of Jesus the Christ and Augustus the Emperor." The poem, as Lateiner says, so infuriated the Roman government that it provided the subversive poet with a "one-way ticket to exile to Rumania, the Siberia of the Romans."
The students will begin their reading with the first line of the book, and will be joined by faculty members and students from Oberlin and Kenyon colleges, and as Lateiner describes, many may perform in toga attire!
"Last year's reading of Homer's "Odyssey" included 50 of our Humanities-classics students and faculty," says Lateiner.
The event will begin with projections of illustrations of numerous tales from the history of art. "Such a recitation emulates Roman public readings and hearings and gives students a chance to experience Latin poetry as it was meant to be presented (but in English) and gives the world an opportunity to hear the sexy and murderous stories of antiquity's most influential poet on subsequent art, literature and even, music," says Lateiner.