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  • 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...

  • Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousingby Patrick F. McManus

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 15.00

    Like Twain -- or more contemporary humorists Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor -- Patrick McManus shares the belief that life's eternal verities exist primarily to be overturned. In McManus's world, all steaks should be chicken-fried, strong coffee is drunk by the light of a campfire, and fishing trips consist of men acting like boys and boys behaving... more...

  • Xenophonby Vivienne J. Gray

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 54.99

    Xenophon's many and varied works represent a major source of information about the ancient Greek world: for example, about culture, politics, social life and history in the fourth century BC, Socrates, horses and hunting with dogs, the Athenian economy, and Sparta. However, there has been controversy about how his works should be read. This selection... more...

  • Thank You Notesby Jimmy Fallon; the Writers of Late Night

    Grand Central Publishing 2011; US$ 8.99

    Jimmy Fallon is very thankful. And in this first book to come from his TV show, he expresses his gratitude for everything from the light bulb he's too lazy to replace to the F12 button on his computer's keyboard. He thanks microbreweries for making his alcoholism seem like a neat hobby. He thanks the name "Lloyd" for having two L's. Otherwise it would... more...

  • Narrative, Intertext, and Space in Euripides' "Phoenissae"by Anna A. Lamari

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 133.00

    This book applies the basic principles of narratology to an ancient Greek tragedy, namely Euripides? Phoenissae. In a play with an exceptionally rich plot, a narratological study yields interesting interpretive results regarding the use of myth, narrators, narrative levels, time and space, as well as the relation of the Phoenissae with previous treatments... more...

  • Helping Friends and Harming Enemiesby Mary Whitlock Blundell

    Cambridge University Press 1989; US$ 42.00

    This book is a detailed study of five plays of Sophocles that examines a key ethical principle. more...

  • Dear Gangster...by Gangster of Love; Dave Berry

    Penguin Group US 1996; US$ 20.00

    More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA more...

  • Oedipus the Kingby Sophocles; Stephen Berg; Diskin Clay

    Oxford University Press, USA 1978; US$ 8.99

    Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the sense of poetry evident in the originals.... more...

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

    Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 8.99

    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...