The 14th-century text Ovide moralisé will be translated into English by Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, of Baylor University. She has received a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to make this seminal work available to a broad audience in the humanities and popular readers for the first time.
“It is so rewarding and exciting to have the NEH to support our work in this area,” Murray said. “I’m hoping it is only the beginning of a long-term relationship with the NEH and other funded projects.”
The Ovide moralisé (or Moralized Ovid) occupies a strategic place in the intellectual tradition of Western Europe. Composed at the beginning of the 14th century in France, it offers readers a complete verse translation and adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (approximately 12,000 lines) in Old French, as well as more than 60,000 lines of philosophical and theological commentary.
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