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  • Oedipus the Kingby Sophocles; Stephen Berg; Diskin Clay

    Oxford University Press 1988; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.15

    In this highly acclaimed translation of Sophocles' Oedipus the King , Stephen Berg (a distinguished poet) and Diskin Clay (an eminent classicist) combine their talents to offer the contemporary reader a dazzling and original version of Sophocles' timeless work. Emphasizing the intensity of the spoken language, they capture the unrelenting power of... more...

  • Metamorphosesby Ovid; A. D. Melville; E. J. Kenney

    OUP Oxford 1998; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.15

    The modern, unacademic idiom of A.D. Melville's translation opens the way to a fresh understanding of Ovid's unique and elusive vision of reality. more...

  • Euripides' Escape-Tragediesby Matthew Wright

    OUP Oxford 2005; US$ 219.99 US$ 189.19

    This is the first major critical study of three late plays of Euripides: Helen, Andromeda and Iphigenia among the Taurians. Matthew Wright presents a new interpretation of the plays, arguing that they are a thematically connected trilogy. His book offers a fresh approach to Euripides, and to the tragic genre as a whole. more...

  • Never Shake Hands with a War Criminalby Barry Crimmins

    Seven Stories Press 2011; US$ 21.95

    Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal is a personal and political history told with acid humor and a loving heart. Barry Crimmins, a writer and commentator on Air America Radio, travels from a skeptical childhood in frozen upstate New York, through the founding of the Boston comedy scene, to a career as a satirist and activist. No villain is spared;... more...

  • The Trojan Women and Other Playsby Euripides; James Morwood; Edith Hall

    OUP Oxford 2001; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    This is the third volume of Euripides plays in new translation. It contains the three great war plays Trojan Women, Hecuba, and Andromache, in which Euripides subjects the sufferings of Troy's survivors to a harrowing examination. The horrific brutality which both women and children undergo evokes a response of unparalleled intensity in the playwright... more...

  • Studies in Political Humourby Villy Tsakona; Diana Elena Popa

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 143.00

    Political humour is employed to define the boundaries between opposing political groups and to express discontent against politicians and political acts. The sociopolitical context of its production and circulation not only influences its form, content, functions, and targets, but also determines whether it will be accepted, banned, or manipulated... more...

  • The Lucretian Renaissanceby Gerard Passannante

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 45.00

    With The Lucretian Renaissance , Gerard Passannante offers a radical rethinking of a familiar narrative: the rise of materialism in early modern Europe. Passannante begins by taking up the ancient philosophical notion that the world is composed of two fundamental opposites: atoms, as the philosopher Epicurus theorized, intrinsically unchangeable... more...

  • Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Readerby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2011; US$ 18.99

    The BRI?s 22nd all-new edition Uncle John?s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader is like reading several books all rolled into one: a history book, a weird news anthology, a science text, a dictionary, a how-to manual, a sports magazine, a joke bookand the list goes on and on. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers? Institute has led the movement to stand... more...

  • Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Readerby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2011; US$ 18.99

    With this all-new 21st edition, Uncle John?s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader , Uncle John and his crack staff of writers prove that after more than two decades in the business, they?re still at the top of their game. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers? Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and everywhere... more...

  • Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Readerby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2011; US$ 17.99

    Supreme satisfaction awaits you in Uncle John?s 14th all-new edition, which covers a whole host of topicsfrom the silly (a branding iron for hot dogs), to the bizarre (an exploding whale), to the profound (the rise of the Democratic and Republican parties). Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers? Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who... more...