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  • Paradisoby Dante; Stanley Lombardo; Alison Cornish

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2017; US$ 15.95

    "This translation and commentary are an essential contribution to Dante's reception in English. Stanley Lombardo's translation is accurate, elegant, and transparent, a mirror of the original text. Alison Cornish's commentary is lucid, graceful, and precise, with just the right level of detail; it penetrates and opens the Paradiso 's philosophical,... more...

  • The Metamorphoses of Apuleiusby Carl C. Schlam

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    This book examines the comic and philosophical aspects of Apuleius' Metamorphoses , the ancient Roman novel also known as The Golden Ass . The tales that comprise the novel, long known for their bawdiness and wit, describe the adventures of Lucius, a man who is transformed into an ass. Carl Schlam argues that the work cannot be seen as purely comic... more...

  • Garland of the Buddha's Past Lives (Volume 2)by Aryashura; Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    In this second volume of the Garland of Past Lives , Aryashura applies his elegant literary skill toward composing fourteen further stories that depict the Buddha?s quest for enlightenment in his former lives. Here the perfection of forbearance becomes the dominant theme, as the future Buddha suffers mutilations from the wicked and sacrifices himself... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 2)by Alex Cherniak

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    This second half of Bhishma describes the events from the beginning of the fifth day till the end of the tenth of the great battle between the Káuravas and the Pándavas. Despite grandfather Bhishma?s appeal to conclude peace with the Pándavas, Duryódhana continues the bloody battle. The key strategist is general Bhishma, commander... more...

  • The Lady of the Jewel Necklace & The Lady who Shows her Loveby Harsha; Wendy Doniger

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    King Harsha, who reigned over the kingdom of Kanauj from 606 to 647 CE, composed two Sanskrit plays about the mythical figures of King Udayana, his queen, Vásavaˇdatta, and two of his co-wives. The plays abound in mistaken identities, both political and erotic. The characters masquerade as one another and, occasionally, as themselves, and each play... more...

  • Garland of the Buddha?s Past Lives (Volume 1)by Aryashura; Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    The Garland of Past Lives is a collection of thirty four stories depicting the miraculous deeds performed by the Buddha in his previous rebirths. Composed in the fourth century C.E. by the Buddhist monk Aryashura, the text?s accomplished artistry led Indian aesthetic theorists to praise its elegant mixture of verse and prose. The twenty stories... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Twelve (Volume 3)by Alex Wynne

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    The Book of Liberation is perhaps the most enigmatic philosophical text from ancient India. Presented as the teachings of Bhishma as he lies dying on the battlefield, after the epic war between the Pándavas and Káuravas, it was composed by unknown authors in the last centuries BCE, during the early period of world-renunciation, when peripatetic... more...

  • Mahabharata Books Ten and Elevenby Kate Crosby

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    The great war of the Maha bharata is over. Or is it? This is a single extended family wracked in conflict. Both sides succumbed to treachery. Ashva tthaman, the young leader of the three survivors on the losing side, is incensed at his father?s murder. He returns after dark to the now sleeping encampment. The sacrifice of the unsuspecting champions,... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Seven (Volume 2)by Vaughan Pilikian

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    Volume Two of "Drona" begins in the aftermath of tragedy. As evening falls, Arjuna journeys wearily back to camp and is greeted by the ashen faces of his brothers. Before they speak, he guesses the worst. And the worst is right: his son Abhimanyu is dead. Arjuna is inconsolable. Insensible with rage, he vows to take revenge on the boy?s killers. He... more...

  • In the Presence of Powerby Maurice A. Pomerantz; Evelyn Birge Vitz

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 40.00

    Insights into power, spectacle, and performance in the courts of Middle Eastern rulers   In recent decades, scholars have produced much new research on courtly life in medieval Europe, but studies on imperial and royal courts across the Middle East have received much less attention, particularly for courts before 1500AD. In the Presence of Power... more...