Commanded to Behold the Skies, Ovid.

The creation of human beings, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Publius Ovidius Naso
November 1, 2023

On earth the brute creation bends its gaze,
but man was given a lofty countenance
and was commanded to behold the skies;
and with an upright face may view the stars:—
and so it was that shapeless clay put on
the form of man till then unknown to earth.



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