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  • Meditationsby Marcus Aurelius; Diskin Clay; Martin Hammond

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.78

    Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation,... more...

  • Medea and Other Playsby Euripides; Richard Rutherford; John Davie

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.38

    That proud, impassioned soul, so ungovernable now that she has felt the sting of injustice? ?Medea?, in which a spurned woman takes revenge upon her lover by killing her children, is one of the most shocking and horrific of all the Greek tragedies. Dominating the play is Medea herself, a towering and powerful figure who demonstrates Euripides? unusual... more...

  • The Rope and Other Playsby Plautus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 20.78

    Brilliantly adapting Greek New Comedy for Roman audiences, the sublime comedies of Plautus (c. 254 -184 bc ) are the earliest surviving complete works of Latin literature. The four plays collected here reveal a playwright in his prime, exploring classic themes and developing standard characters that were to influence the comedies of Shakespeare, Molière... more...

  • The Aeneidby Virgil; David West; David West

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 17.58

    Virgil's Aeneid, inspired by Homer and inspiration for Dante and Milton, is an immortal poem at the heart of Western life and culture. Virgil took as his hero Aeneas, legendary survivor of the fall of Troy and father of the Roman race, and in telling a story of dispossession and defeat, love and war, he portrayed human life in all its nobility and... more...

  • Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketchesby Lucian; Keith Sidwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 20.78

    Described by a later Greek historian as "a man seriously committed to raising a laugh", Lucian exulted in the exposure of absurdity and the puncturing of pretension, and was capable of finding a comic angle on almost any subject. In this selection we see him conversing with his literary enemies, railing against hypocrisy and the vanity of human wealth... more...

  • Lysistrata and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Alan H. Sommerstein

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.98

    Writing at a time when Athens was undergoing a crisis in its social attitudes, Aristophanes was an eloquent opponent of the demagogue and the sophist. This collection includes Lysistrata, the hilariously bawdy anti-war fantasy; The Acharnians, a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta; and The Clouds, a satire on contemporary... more...

  • Fastiby Ovid; Anthony Boyle; Roger Woodard; Anthony Boyle; Roger Woodard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 20.78

    Written after he had been banished to the Black Sea city of Tomis by Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid's last major poetic work. Both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles, it weaves together tales of gods and citizens together to explore Rome's history, religious beliefs and traditions. It may... more...

  • The Theban Playsby Sophocles; E. Watling; E. Watling

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; US$ 12.78

    The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create a powerful trilogy of mankind's struggle aginst fate. KING OEDIPUS tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he doesn't realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment on himself. It is a devastating portrayl of a ruler brought down by his... more...

  • The Odysseyby Homer; Peter Jones; Dominic Rieu

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 12.78

    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...

  • The Poemsby Catullus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.98

    One of the most versatile of Roman poets, Catullus wrote verse of an almost unparalleled diversity and stylistic agility, from the brevity of the epigram to the sustained elegance of the elegy. This collection contains all of Catullus' extant work and includes his lyrics to the notorious Clodia Metelli - married, seductive and corrupt - charting the... more...