Ovid was a younger contemprorary of Virgil and Augustus. He was an immensely fluent poet from a young age, and his work often reads as if it has just been freshly made. He’s full of stories, and most of the classical mythology in Shakespeare and Renaissance art can be traced back to the versions in Ovid.
We will look at a section from the Metamorphoses, a kind of epic anthology of ancient tales. It concerns the fabulous craftsman Dedalus and his son Icarus.