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  • 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... more...

  • Homer in the Twentieth Centuryby Barbara Graziosi; Emily Greenwood

    Oxford University Press, UK 2007; US$ 44.99

    A collection of essays exploring the crucial place of Homer in the cultural landscape of the twentieth century. It contributes to current debates about the nature of the Western literary canon, the evolving notion of world literature, the relationship between orality and the written word, and the dialogue between texts across time and space. - ;This... more...

  • A Commentary on Horaceby R. G. M. Nisbet; Niall Rudd

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 74.99

    This Commentary takes critical account of recent writing on the Odes. It deals with detailed questions of interpretation, and shows how Horace combined the tact of a court-poet with a humane individualism, and how he wrote within a literary tradition without losing a highly personal voice. Though the book is not intended for beginners, the editors... more...

  • Octaviaby A. J. Boyle

    Oxford University Press, UK 2008; US$ 149.99

    This is a verse translation, with commentary, of Octavia, a work of exceptional historical and dramatic interest which deals with events at the court of Nero in the decisive year 62 CE. - ;Octavia is a work of exceptional historical and dramatic interest. It is the only surviving complete example of the Roman historical drama known as the fabula praetexta.... more...

  • Senecaby Susanna Braund

    Oxford University Press, UK 2009; US$ 54.99

    The first full philological edition in English of the Roman philosopher Seneca's De Clementia. It includes the Latin text with apparatus criticus, a new English translation, a substantial introduction, and a commentary on matters of textual and literary criticism and issues of socio-political, historical, cultural, and philosophical significance.... more...

  • Demosthenis Orationesby M. R. Dilts

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 124.99

    This new edition corrects shortcomings of earlier editors by providing a text which incorporates neglected or unavailable material from Greek manuscripts, recently published papyri, and quotations from the orations by rhetoricians dating from antiquity through to the Byzantine period. All this information is presented in notes in Greek and Latin, which... more...

  • Medeaby Euripides; Michael Collier; Georgia Machemer

    Oxford University Press, USA 2006; US$ 10.99

    Introduction On the Translation Medea Notes on the Text Glossary Further Reading more...

  • Horaceby Michele Lowrie

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 74.99

    This collection of recent articles provides convenient access to some of the best recent writing on Horace's Odes and Epodes. Formalist, structuralist, and historicizing approaches alike offer insight into this complex poet, who reinvented lyric at the transition from the Republic to the Augustan principate. Several classic studies in French, German,... more...

  • Understanding The Odysseyby Claudia Durst Johnson; Vernon Johnson

    ABC-CLIO 2003; US$ 73.00

    For thousands of years, The Odyssey has resonated throughout the Western world. Homer has been an original source of inspiration to writers, painters, sculptors, and filmmakers, as well as a vital source of information about the mythology, history, and culture of ancient Greece. This casebook uniquely blends commentary and primary documents, situating... more...

  • The Borowitz Reportby Andy Borowitz

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 9.99

    Prepare to be shocked. From the man The Wall Street Journal hailed as a "Swiftean satirist" comes the most shocking book ever written! The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, by award-winning fake journalist Andy Borowitz, contains page after page of "news stories" too hot, too controversial, too -- yes, shocking -- for the mainstream... more...