Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ovid's 2055th Birthday to be Celebrated in Sarasota

MAR. 20, 2012 | 6 pm | New College Florida/New College Oxford Exchange
David Raeburn, New College University of Oxford

Bookstore 1, 1359 Main Street
Free and open to the public

This year's participant in the New College Florida/New College Oxford exchange is David Raeburn, a scholar of Greek drama and Greek and Latin poetry who teaches at New College University of Oxford. His work includes translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Sophocles' Electra and other plays for Penguin Classics. Raeburn will be reading selections from his translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses at Bookstore 1, 1359 Main Street, on March 20, which happens to be the 2,055th birthday of Ovid.


  1. Thanks for promoting this event. David is a fun and engaging guy and it is sure to be great.

    In a decision that some might call bold and others crazy, David's translation is in English dactylic hexameters. You can see from the reviews the wide range of reactions to this choice; it is definitely a tour de force.

    David Rohrbacher
    Associate Professor of Classics
    New College of Florida

    1. Thanks Prof. Rohrbacher. We've been reading the Metamorphoses aloud and talking about it for the better part of a year, and we'd even talked about celebrating Ovid's 2055th. This seems a great way to do it. - Tom Matrullo