Metamorphoses Challenge

 

Since reading, reading, and more reading are best ways to improve your facility with the Latin language and your understanding of Ovidian style, prosody, and vocabulary (and therefore most hexameter and elegiac poetry of the Roman imperial period… and beyond), I invite you to join me in The Metamorphoses Challenge: 15 Books in 35 Lines a Day.

If you read 35 lines of the Metamorphoses a day, you can read the entire work before the end of the (calendar) year. The Metamorphose provides an unmatched survey of Greco-Roman┬ámythology, especially as it was understood in later ages (it is often said, with only a touch of hyperbole, that all Renaissance art is but commentary on the Metamorphoses). Tua praemia? Beyond the pride in an impressive achievement, priceless knowledge, and a vastly improved ability to read and appreciate Latin… a super-cool Ovid-themed tee-shirt or mug.

Update: I’m now tweeting my progress #ovidchallenge

Update 2: Congratulations to Gabe & Abbe for completing the #ovidchallenge!

Milemarkers

To stay on pace, you should have completed the numbered book by:

  1. Feb 11, 2012
  2. Mar 9, 2012
  3. Mar 28, 2012
  4. Apr 20, 2012
  5. May 10, 2012
  6. May 31, 2012
  7. Jun 25, 2012
  8. Jul 21, 2012
  9. Aug 13, 2012
  10. Sep 3, 2012
  11. Sep 26, 2012
  12. Oct 14, 2012
  13. Nov 11, 2012
  14. Dec 6, 2012
  15. Dec 31, 2012

Progress

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1 2/11
2 3/9
3 3/28
4 4/20
5 5/10
6 5/31
7 6/25
8 7/21
9 8/13
10
11 9/26
12 10/14
13 11/11
14 12/6
15 12/31

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