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  • Ionby George E. Euripides; W. S. Di Piero; Peter Burian

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 24.99

    "Ion" is an enactment of the changing relations between the human and divine orders, and the way in which our understanding of the gods is mediated and re-visioned by myths. It contains near disasters, poorly informed actions and misdirected intentions that almost result in catastrophe. more...

  • Roman Laughterby Erich Segal

    Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 49.99

    This reissue of a book in English devoted to the work of the Roman comedy writer (c. 254 - 184 BC) includes a new preface and additional appendices covering the plays 'Amphitryon' and 'Captivi'. more...

  • Sophrosyne and the Rhetoric of Self-Restraintby Adriaan Rademaker

    BRILL 2004; US$ 169.00

    This study provides a new description of the semantics of sophrosyne, and investigates the use of the term as an instrument of persuasion in the main texts from the Archaic and Classical era. more...

  • Philoctetesby Sophocles

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 14.99

    Centering on the Greek army's attempt to win the trust of their master bowman Philoctetes, without whom they cannot win the Trojan War, Philoctetes is a morally complex and timelessly relevant meditation on ends and means, on patriotism, and on the relationship between public duty and private interest. more...

  • The Rant Zoneby Dennis Miller

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 9.99

    In this fourth installment of his acclaimed Rants series, bestselling author, Emmy Award-winning talk-show host, and wisecracking analyst for ABC's Monday Night Football Dennis Miller makes hamburger meat out of society's most sacred cows as only he can, with the kinds of allusions that require high SAT scores -- or at least a smart crib sheet. This... more...

  • Martial's Epigramsby Garry Wills

    Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 12.99

    One of literature?s greatest satirists, Martial earned his livelihood by excoriating the follies and vices of Roman society and its emperors, and set a pattern that satirists have admired across the ages. For the first time, readers can enjoy an English translation of these rhymes that does not sacrifice the cleverly constructed effects of Martial?s... more...

  • Redesigning Achillesby Sophia Papaioannou

    De Gruyter 2007; US$ 182.00

    The book is a detailed study on the structure and the topics of Ovid?s compedium of the Trojan Saga in Metamorphoses 12.1-13.622, the section also referred to as the ?Little Iliad?. It explores the motives and the objectives behind the selected narrative moments from the Epic Cycle that found their way into the Ovidian version of the Trojan War. By... more...

  • Rhetorik und Geschichteby Martin Hagmaier

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 168.00

    This work considers the function of the speeches in Thucydides? history, and how they are related to the presentation of the historical facts. In a detailed analysis of the war speeches dealing with the origins of the Peloponnesian war in Thucydides? first book, the author shows how the historian went further than Herodotus in functionalising the epic... more...

  • Freiheit und Determinismusby Magnus Schallenberg

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 154.00

    The book contains a comprehensive commentary on Cicero's work De fato. The introductory section deals with fundamental questions from an historical and philological perspective. The main section presents a running commentary on the text. Here, the author explains the various proposals presented by Cicero of how the Hellenistic schools intended to resolve... more...

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writingby James Mendrinos

    DK Publishing 2004; US$ 16.95

    Comedy is serious business-and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more. He also includes exercises designed to hone the craft, break through writer's block, and tailor... more...