Pithy and sinuous, erudite but wearing its learning lightly, fast-moving but lingering long enough to shed fresh light on many parts of Ovid’s poetic corpus, this Very Short Introduction (VSI) packs an admirable amount of information, insight, sociocultural contextualization, and interpretational brio into its 111 pages of main text. For those familiar with Llewelyn Morgan’s long record of published scholarship on Roman poetics, the critical poise and panache on display in this volume will hardly surprise; but he combines that scholarly sophistication with a nimbleness of approach and an accessible mode of presentation that are well made for the VSI readership. It is hard to imagine a VSI volume on Ovid that could be better executed in terms of the balance it achieves between its breadth of vision, on the one hand, and its eye for particularity, on the other: a major strength of this book is that at no...

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