Ovidii Metamorphoseon Libri Primi Initium

I’m beginning a workshop this week on Book IV of Ovid’s Fasti. This work, as far as I can tell, was not translated into Greek at any point. Still, I’d like to include in this space some of the spirit of Ovid with the opening of his Metamorphoses—composed around the same time as the Fasti—with the corresponding prose translation by Planudes from Boissonade’s 1822 edition.

In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas
corpora; di, coeptis (nam vos mutastis et illas)
adspirate meis primaque ab origine mundi
ad mea perpetuum deducite tempora carmen!

Τὰς εἰς καινὰ σώματα μεταμειφθείσας μορφὰ ὁ νοῦς με λέγειν διανίστησιν. Ὧ Θεοί (καὶ γὰρ οἱ θεοὶ μετεβάλετε ταύτας), τῷ ἐμῷ ἐπιτνεύσατε ἔργῳ, κἀκ πρώτης τοῦ κόσμου γενέσεως εἰς τὸν ἡμέτερον χρόνον συνεχῆ κατάγοιτε τὴν ᾠδήν.

From Boissonade’s Ὀβιδίου Μεταμορφώσεις http://bit.ly/1afwvyo

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