Each story throughout the Metamorphoses incorporates a transformation, or metamorphosis, of a personality or a theme. Some of the transformations happen so as to save a protagonist from demise or one other tragic destiny, such because the nymph Daphne’s transformation right into a laurel tree earlier than Apollo seizes her. Other metamorphoses are punishments for wrongdoing.
The Metamorphoses is a helpful supply ofearly myths. Ovid’s telling of the story ofDaedalus, his son Icarus, and their escape from Crete, for instance, is the earliest written model of the story.
Ovid made use of each Greek and Roman sources, including his personal private touches. The myths and tales happen from the daybreak of time to the age of the Emperor Augustus. While the general theme of the work is the facility of the gods, Ovid additionally pays homage to the glory of Rome.