Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of Metamorphoses, playing at Seattle Rep January 27 - February 26, 2022.
Metamorphoses: Inspired by Ovid
by Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas, and Sabrina Mahfouz
Book - 2021
The script of Metamorphoses, for your reading pleasure.
by Chaucer, Geoffrey
Book - 1992
Chaucer is among the many authors, classic and contemporary, who have drawn inspiration from Ovid's works, particularly the Metamorphoses. The Manciple's Tale and The Wife of Bath's Tale both rely heavily on stories from this work.
Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung
by MacLaughlin, Nina
Book - 2019
In this modern feminist reimagining of the Metamorphoses, MacLaughlin retells Ovid's tales from the perspectives of their heroines and radically reframes these classic narratives.
An Imaginary Life
by Malouf, David
Book - 1996
In 8 A.D., Ovid was banished from Rome to a remote village on the Black Sea. Malouf's novel takes up where the historical record ends, imagining Ovid's life in exile with vivid and evocative prose.
by Mason, Zachary
Book - 2018
In this novel of narrative fragments, author Mason reworks several of the stories from the Metamorphoses, using constellations as a framing device.
Young Ovid: An Unfinished Biography
by Middlebrook, Diane Wood
Book - 2014
Renowned biographer Middlebrook died while working on this biography of Ovid, who left few traces in the historical record. This book contains three chapters on Ovid's early life, along with annotated sections of his poetry, including Metamorphoses.
In French film director Christophe Honoré's loose adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Europa is a modern-day teenage girl seduced by Jupiter (who first appears to her in the form of a truck) and initiated in to the beguiling realm of the gods.
Book - 2013
(Re)familiarize yourself with the source material for Metamorphoses with Allen Mandelbaum's highly regarded verse translation of Ovid's classic work.
by Rekdal, Paisley
Book - 2019
In this bracing collection of poetry and prose inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Rekdal (who was born and raised in Seattle), radically rewrites many of the myths that appear in Ovid's work, placing them in contemporary contexts.
Niobe regina di Tebe
by Steffani, Agostino
Music CD - 2015
This 17th-century opera by Italian composer Agostino Steffani tells the story of Niobe, Queen of Thebes, with a libretto by Luigi Orlandi that is drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Shakespeare, William
Book - 2005
Ovid is widely considered to be Shakespeare's favorite author, and he drew much inspiration from the Metamorphoses. A noted example is the play within the play of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which parodies the story of Pyramus and Thisbe.
On Ovid's Metamorphoses
by Williams, Gareth D.
Book - 2022
Columbia classics professor Williams offers a thoughtful and accessible introduction to Ovid's key work and its continuing relevance for modern audiences.
Metamorphoses: A Play
by Zimmerman, Mary
Book - 2002
Mary Zimmerman won a Tony for Best Direction in 2002 for her theatrical adaptation of Metamorphoses, which was noted for its use of a pool of water as a central set piece. Seattle Rep staged a production of this play in 2000.
Metamorphoses runs at Seattle Rep from January 27 - February 26, 2023. Get your tickets today!