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Book I

Ovid begins the Metamorphoses by invoking the gods. He asks them to
inspire his work, which opens with the creation of the world and continues
on to the present day, and is about the
transformation of bodies. After this short
prayer, Ovid describes the…

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Initially, Pyrrha is disheartened, because she interprets this advice as
sacrilegious. How can she desecrate her mother's bones? Deucalion has a
different interpretation. He thinks Themis was referring not to their
actual mothers, but to the earth. They try throwing stones behind them,
and the stones…

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Book III

Europa's father, Agenor, threatens Cadmus
with exile if he does not find Europa who was
kidnapped by Jupiter disguised as a cow in
Book 7. Cadmus tries and fails. He can't go
home, so he prays to Apollo about where he
should live. Apollo…

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Jupiter. In her anger, Juno turns Tiresias blind. Jupiter compensates
Tiresias by giving him supernatural foresight. Ovid records Tiresias's first
prediction: that Narcissus will live a long life as long as he does not know
himself. These cryptic words were born out when Narcissus, who had…

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Book VIII

Minos attacks the city of Alcathoe, which is ruled
by Nisus. During the siege, Scylla, the daughter of
Nisus, falls in love with Minos. She scalps her father
to give his power, contained in a lock of crimson
hair, to Minos. Minos is horrified…

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hunt (i.e. The boar). This angers the men, especially the uncles of
Meleager--Plexippus and Toxeus. After a fight, Meleager kills his two
uncles. Althaea, Meleager's mother, is outraged by the death of her
brothers. She remembers an old prophecy that as long as a certain log…

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granted the ability to change forms by Neptune, who previously raped her,
so she could run away. Erysichthon took advantage of this and repeatedly
sold her however this was not enough and he eventually ate his own limbs,
killing himself.

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