John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester and Baron of Adderbury in England, Viscount Athlone in Ireland, infamous in his time for his life and works and admired for his deathbed performance, was the cynosure of the libertine wits of Restoration England.
He was anathematized as evil incarnate and simultaneously adored for his seraphic presence, beauty, and wit, even from his first appearance at the court of Charles II.
This mercurial figure left a body of literary work the exact dimensions of which have provided an almost intractable puzzle.
Whatever answer is provided for this conundrum of scholarship, the extent of his corpus will be small in comparison to his reputation.
Numerous episodes from the poem have been depicted in acclaimed works of sculpture, painting, and music.Although interest in Ovid faded after the Renaissance, there was a resurgence of attention to his work towards the end of the 20th century.Today the Metamorphoses continues to inspire and be retold through various media.: "Books of Transformations") is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus.Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.The work has been the subject of numerous translations into English, the first by William Caxton in 1480.