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  • 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$ 196.00

    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$ 196.00

    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$ 182.00

    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... 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...

  • The Poetry of Pathosby Gian Biagio Conte; S. J. Harrison

    Oxford University Press, UK 2007; US$ 109.99

    A collection of essays on Virgil's Aeneid by a celebrated scholar and interpreter of Latin poetry. Gian Biaggio Conte focuses on the way in which Virgil reworks earlier poetry (especially that of Homer) to create a new and effective mode of epic in a period when the genre appeared to be debased or exhausted. - ;This volume presents a collection... 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...