Danish. In a review of a new Danish publication of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I connect the all-pervading change that is the subject of the genre-busting “epic” with the profound, violent transformation that Ovid himself lived through, from his birth one year after Caesar’s assassination to his own death in political exile under Augustus. A traumatic transformation can be repressed beneath the illusion that our lives are under our own control, or it can be elevated into a poetical and cosmological principle: Ovid chose the latter.
“Bestandigt i forvandligt” (“In constant change”), Weekendavisen (14 April 2023). Link.