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  • The Odysseyby Homer; Peter Jones; Dominic Rieu

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 9.01

    The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmityof the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to... more...

  • Murder Trialsby Cicero

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 21.14

    Cicero's speeches "In Defence of Sextus Roscius of Amerina," "In Defence of Aulus Cluentius Habitus," "In Defence of Gaius Rabirius," "Note on the Speeches in Defence of Caelius and Milo," and "In Defence of King Deiotarus" provide insight into Roman life, law, and history. more...

  • The Last Days of Socratesby Plato; Harold Tarrant

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 11.27

    'Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just' Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living... more...

  • Natural Questionsby Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Harry M. Hine

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE?65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by world-renowned... more...

  • Arthurian Romancesby Chretien Troyes; Carleton Carroll; William Kibler

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; US$ 14.65

    Taking the legends surrounding King Arthur and weaving in new psychological elements of personal desire and courtly manner, Chrétien de Troyes fashioned a new form of medieval Romance. The Knight of the Cart is the first telling of the adulterous relationship between Lancelot and Arthur's Queen Guinevere, and in The Knight with the Lion Yvain neglects... more...

  • The Historiesby Herodotus; Paul Cartledge; Tom Holland

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 14.09

    The Histories of Herodotus, completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Few history books since can compare for sheer drama with Herodotus's narrative of the Persian invasions of Greece. His accounts of the great battles of Marathon... more...

  • Valmiki Ramayanaby Arshia Sattar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; Not Available

    One of India's two greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country's moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at the same time emgaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Now this magnificent new translation makes the monumental work available to a new audience. Believed... more...

  • A Chola Adventureby Anu Kumar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 10.18

    990 CE, Tanjore, IndiaTwelve-year-old Raji is growing up during the reign of Rajaraja Chola in south India. Raji is a girl of spirit---brave, bright and bold. She is also a dancer, a warrior and a sculptor who models kingdoms in stone. Raji, however is not happy: she misses her family. Her mother is in exile and her father has left home in grief.On... more...

  • Hitopadesaby S Narayana

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.28

    The ever-popular Book of Good Counsels from ancient India. One of the best-known Sanskrit classics, Narayana?s Hitopadesa is a fascinating collection of animal and human fables augmented with polished verse epigrams and gnomic stanzas, many of which have become proverbial. This satirical, often irreverent and sometimes ribald text has been popular... more...

  • Appeasement of Radhikaby Muddupalani

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.28

    An erotic classic and the most recognized work of an celebrated nineteenth-century poet and courtesan'Last night, I dreamt of HariWith that melodious-voiced woman.He seemed impatient with me,And now evenThe song of the nightingale seems shrill.'An erotic narrative poem that explores desire and jealousy, love experienced and love lost, Radhika Santawanam... more...