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Ovid's Metamorphoses is one of the most influential works in Western culture. This translation is by A. S. Kline, 2000. Used with permission. The text may be copied for non-commercial purposes.

Ovid   –   Books:     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     11     12     13     14     15

Book 1
  1. No Titans encountered yet
  2. Separation of the elements
  3. The earth and sea. The five zones
  4. The four winds
  5. Humankind
  6. The Golden Age
  7. The Silver Age
  8. The Bronze Age
  9. The giants
  10. Jupiter threatens to destroy humankind
  11. Lycaon is turned into a wolf
  12. Jupiter invokes the floodwaters
  13. The Flood
  14. The world is drowned
  15. Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha
  16. They ask Themis for help
  17. The human race is recreated
  18. Other species are generated
  19. Phoebus kills the Python and sees Daphne
  20. Phoebus pursues Daphne
  21. Phoebus begs Daphne to yield to him
  22. Daphne becomes the laurel bough
  23. Phoebus honours Daphne
  24. Inachus mourns for Io
  25. Jupiter's rape of Io
  26. Jupiter transforms Io to a heifer
  27. Juno claims Io and Argus guards her
  28. Inachus finds Io and grieves for her
  29. Jupiter sends Mercury to kill Argus
  30. Mercury tells the story of Syrinx
  31. Io is returned to human form
  32. Phaethon's parentage
  33. Phaethon sets out for the Palace of the Sun
Book 2
  1. The Palace of the Sun
  2. Phaethon and his father
  3. The Sun's admonitions
  4. His further warnings
  5. Phaethon insists on driving the chariot
  6. The Sun's instructions
  7. The Horses run wild
  8. Phaethon lets go of the reins
  9. The mountains burn
  10. The rivers are dried up
  11. Earth complains
  12. Jupiter intervenes and Phaethon dies
  13. Phaethon's sisters grieve for him
  14. The sisters turned into poplar trees
  15. Cycnus
  16. The Sun returns to his task
  17. Jupiter sees Callisto
  18. Jupiter rapes Callisto
  19. Diana discover's Callisto's shame
  20. Callisto turned into a bear
  21. Arcas and Callisto become constellations
  22. Juno complains to Tethys and Oceanus
  23. The Raven and the Crow
  24. The Crow's story
  25. Coronis is betrayed and Phoebus kills her
  26. Phoebus repents and saves Aesculapius
  27. Chiron and Chariclo's prophecies
  28. Mercury, Battus and the stolen cattle
  29. Mercury sees Herse
  30. Mercury elicits the help of Aglauros
  31. Minerva calls on Envy
  32. Envy poisons Aglauros's heart
  33. Aglauros is turned to stone
  34. Jupiter's abduction of Europa
Book 3
  1. Cadmus searches for his sister Europa
  2. Cadmus kills the Dragon
  3. Cadmus sows the Dragon's teeth
  4. Cadmus founds Thebes
  5. Actaeon returns from the hunt
  6. Actaeon sees Diana naked and is turned into a stag
  7. Actaeon is pursued by his hounds
  8. Actaeon is killed by the dogs
  9. Juno sets out to punish Semele
  10. Semele is consumed by Jupiter's fire
  11. The judgement of Tiresias
  12. Echo sees Narcissus
  13. How Juno altered Echo's speech
  14. Narcissus sees himself and falls in love
  15. Narcissus laments the pain of unrequited love
  16. Narcissus is changed into a flower
  17. Tiresias prophesies Pentheus's fate
  18. Pentheus rejects the worship of Bacchus
  19. Acoetes is captured and interrogated
  20. Acoetes's story the beautiful boy
  21. Acoetes's ship and crew are transformed
  22. Pentheus is killed by the Maenads
Book 4
  1. The Festival of Bacchus
  2. The daughters of Minyas reject Bacchus
  3. Arsippe tells the story of Pyramus and Thisbe
  4. The death of Pyramus
  5. The death of Thisbe
  6. Leuconoë's story: Mars and Venus
  7. Leuconoë's story: Venus's revenge
  8. The transformation of Leucothoë
  9. Clytie is transformed into the heliotrope
  10. Alcithoë tells the story of Salmacis
  11. Salmacis falls for Hermaphroditus
  12. Salmacis and Hermaphroditus merge
  13. The daughters of Minyas become bats
  14. Juno is angered by Semele's sister Ino
  15. Tisiphone maddens Athamas and Ino
  16. Ino becomes the goddess Leucothoë
  17. Juno transforms the Theban women
  18. Cadmus and Harmonia become serpents
  19. Perseus and Atlas
  20. Perseus offers to save Andromeda
  21. Perseus defeats the sea-serpent
  22. Perseus tells the story of Medusa
Book 5
  1. Phineus seeks revenge for the loss of his bride
  2. The fight: the death of Athis
  3. The fight: The deaths of Idas, Chromis and others
  4. The fight: Lampetides, Dorylas and others
  5. Perseus uses the Gorgon's head
  6. Phineus is turned to stone
  7. Minerva on Helicon
  8. The contest between the Pierides and the Muses
  9. Calliope sings: Cupid makes Dis fall in love
  10. Calliope sings: Dis and the rape of Proserpine
  11. Calliope sings: Ceres searches for Proserpine
  12. Calliope sings: Ceres asks Jupiter's help
  13. Calliope sings: Persephone's fate
  14. Calliope sings: Arethusa's story
  15. Calliope sings: Triptolemus. The Fate of the Pierides
Book 6
  1. Arachne rejects Minerva
  2. Pallas Minerva challenges Arachne
  3. Pallas weaves her web
  4. Arachne weaves hers in reply
  5. Arachne is turned into a spider
  6. Niobe rejects the worship of Latona
  7. The gods' vengeance: Niobe's sons are killed
  8. Niobe's daughters are killed: Her fate
  9. The story of Latona and the Lycians
  10. The tale of Marsyas
  11. The marriage of Procne and Tereus
  12. Tereus's passion for Procne's sister Philomela
  13. Tereus forces Philomela
  14. Philomela is mutilated
  15. The truth is revealed
  16. The pitiless feast
  17. They are transformed into birds
  18. Boreas and Orithyia
Book 7
  1. Medea agonises over her love for Jason
  2. Jason promises to marry Medea
  3. Jason wins the Golden Fleece
  4. Jason asks Medea to lengthen Aeson's life
  5. Medea summons the powers and gathers herbs
  6. Medea rejuvenates Aeson
  7. Medea's destruction of Pelias
  8. Medea flees and reaches Athens
  9. Medea attempts Theseus's life, then vanishes
  10. The praise for Theseus
  11. Minos threatens war
  12. Aeacus tells of the plague at Aegina
  13. The creation of the Myrmidons
  14. The infidelities of Cephalus and Procris
  15. The transformation of Cephalus's dog Laelaps
  16. The death of Procris
Book 8
  1. Scylla decides to betray her city of Megara
  2. Scylla, deserted, is changed to a bird
  3. The Minotaur, Theseus, and Ariadne
  4. Daedalus and Icarus
  5. The death of Talos
  6. The Calydonian Boar Hunt: the cause
  7. The Calydonian Boar Hunt: the boar is roused
  8. The Calydonian Boar Hunt: the kill
  9. The Calydonian Boar Hunt: the spoils
  10. Althaea and the burning brand
  11. The death of Meleager
  12. Acheloüs tells Theseus and his friends of Perimele
  13. Lelex tells of Philemon and Baucis
  14. The transformation of Philemon and Baucis
  15. Erysichthon fells Ceres's sacred oak tree
  16. Ceres sends Famine to Erysichthon
  17. The fate of Erysichthon and his daughter Mestra
Book 9
  1. Acheloüs wrestles with Hercules
  2. The shirt of Nessus
  3. The agony of Hercules
  4. The death and transformation of Hercules
  5. Alcmena tells of Hercules's birth and of Galanthis
  6. Iole tells the story of her half-sister Dryope
  7. The prophecies of Themis
  8. Jupiter acknowledges the power of Fate
  9. Byblis falls in love with her twin brother Caunus
  10. The fatal letter
  11. The transformation of Byblis
  12. The birth of Iphis
  13. Iphis and Ianthe
  14. Isis transforms Iphis
Book 10
  1. Orpheus and Eurydice
  2. The gathering of the trees
  3. The death of Cyparissus
  4. Orpheus sings: Ganymede; Hyacinthus
  5. Orpheus sings: The Propoetides
  6. Orpheus sings: Pygmalion and the statue
  7. Orpheus sings: Myrrha's incestuous love for Cinyras
  8. Orpheus sings: Myrrha and her nurse
  9. Orpheus sings: Myrrha's crime and punishment
  10. Orpheus sings: Venus and Adonis
  11. Venus tells her story: Atalanta and Hippomenes
  12. Venus tells her story: The footrace
  13. Venus tells her story: The transformation
  14. Orpheus sings: The death of Adonis
Book 11
  1. The death of Orpheus
  2. The transformation of the Maenads
  3. Midas and the golden touch
  4. Pan and Apollo compete before Tmolus
  5. Midas and the ass's ears
  6. Laomedon and the walls of Troy
  7. Peleus and Thetis
  8. Ceyx tells the story of Daedalion
  9. Peleus and the wolf
  10. The separation of Ceyx and Alcyone
  11. The Tempest
  12. The House of Sleep
  13. Morpheus goes to Alcyone in the form of Ceyx
  14. They are turned into birds
  15. The transformation of Aesacus
Book 12
  1. Iphigenia at Aulis
  2. The House of Rumour
  3. The death and transformation of Cycnus
  4. Nestor tells the story of Caeneus-Caenis
  5. Nestor tells of the battle of Lapiths and Centaurs
  6. The deaths of Amycus, Gryneus, Cometes
  7. The deaths of Corythus, Aphidas and others
  8. Pirithoüs, Theseus and Peleus join the fight
  9. Cyllarus and Hylonome
  10. The transformation of Caeneus
  11. Nestor tells of the death of Periclymenus
  12. The death of Achilles
Book 13
  1. The debate over the arms: Ajax speaks
  2. The debate over the arms: Ulysses speaks
  3. The death of Ajax
  4. The fall of Troy
  5. The deaths of Polydorus and Polyxena
  6. Hecuba's lament and transformation
  7. Aurora and the Memnonides
  8. Aeneas begins his wanderings
  9. The transformation of Anius's daughters
  10. The cup of Alcon
  11. Aeneas's journey to Sicily
  12. Acis and Galatea
  13. The song of Polyphemus
  14. Acis is turned into a rivergod
  15. Glaucus tells Scylla of his transformation
Book 14
  1. The transformation of Scylla
  2. Aeneas journeys to Cumae
  3. Aeneas and the Sybil of Cumae
  4. Macareus meets Achaemenides again
  5. Ulysses and Circe
  6. The transformation of Picus
  7. The fate of Canens
  8. Caieta's epitaph
  9. War in Latium: Turnus asks Diomede's help
  10. Acmon and others are changed into birds
  11. The creation of the wild olive
  12. The transformation of Aeneas's ships
  13. The heron is born from Ardea's ruins
  14. The deification of Aeneas
  15. The line of Alban kings
  16. Vertumnus woos Pomona
  17. Anaxarete and Iphis
  18. War and reconciliation with the Sabines
  19. The deification of Romulus
  20. The deification of his wife Hersilia
Book 15
  1. Myscelus: the founding of Crotona
  2. Pythagoras's Teachings: Vegetarianism
  3. Pythagoras's Teachings: Metempsychosis
  4. Pythagoras's Teachings: The Eternal Flux
  5. Pythagoras's Teachings: The Four Ages of Man
  6. Pythagoras's Teachings: The Elements
  7. Pythagoras's Teachings: Geological changes
  8. Pythagoras's Teachings: Physical changes
  9. Pythagoras's Teachings: Autogenesis
  10. Pythagoras's Teachings: The Phoenix
  11. Pythagoras's Teachings: Transfers of Power
  12. Pythagoras's Teachings: The Sanctity of Life
  13. The transformation of Hippolytus
  14. Cipus acquires horns
  15. Aesculapius, the god, saves Rome from plague
  16. The deification of Julius Caesar
  17. Ovid's celebration of Augustus
  18. Ovid's Envoi

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