Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics


In partnership with CCM and the Department of Drama, UC Classicist Lauren Ginsberg will give a talk on the Metamorphoses of Ovid and Mary Zimmerman. Passion and power, divine wrath and disguise. Come and take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Ovid and myth that inspired Zimmerman's award winning drama.

Zimmerman has often noted how Ovid's epic of mythological transformations inspired her Tony Award winning stage production. In particular, she is fascinated by how stories removed from us in time and space can help articulate timeless truths about human nature. Ginsberg's talk will further explore the fascinating Ovidian background to Zimmerman's text. The audience will not only learn more about who Ovid was and the times in which he wrote, but will also see first hand the complexity of how Zimmerman refashioned Ovid's epic into a drama for our time. Ginsberg will focus especially on the theme of "Love Conquers All" that is central to both works and the various ways that each author confronts love's various struggles and triumphs.

The talk will begin at 1:15pm on Saturday, Feb 8th in Mary Emery Hall 3250

This talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve seating, contact Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A performance of Zimmerman's Metamorphoses will follow at 2pm in the Patricia Corbett Theater (tickets available at the CCM box office).