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  • Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sapphoby Sappho; Carol Ann Duffy; Aaron Poochigian

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.68

    More or less 150 years after Homer's Iliad , Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos, west off the coast of what is present Turkey. Little remains today of her writings, which are said to have filled nine papyrus rolls in the great library at Alexandria some 500 years after her death. The surviving texts consist of a lamentably small and fragmented body... more...

  • Discourses and Selected Writingsby Epictetus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 11.27

    Epictetus, a Greek stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicropolis in the early second century AD. His animated discussions were celebrated for their rhetorical wizardry and were written down by Arrian, his most famous pupil. Together with the Enchiridion, a manual of his main ideas, and the fragments collected here, The Discourses... more...

  • The Serpent's Teethby Ovid

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 5.63

    In a world of gods and monsters, nothing is as it seems. When a deadly serpent's teeth are sown in the ground, warriors spring from the bloody soil. Only a great man can tame them and fulfil his destiny. Far away, Medusa, snakes writhing in her hair, meets her nemesis; the princess Andromeda is chained to a rock; people are transformed into owls,... more...

  • Phaedrusby Plato

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. This new translation is accompanied by an introduction, further reading, and full notes on the text and translation that discuss the structure... more...

  • Heracles and Other Playsby Euripides

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 12.40

    Heracles/ Iphigenia Among the Taurians/ Helen/ Ion/ Cyclops: Of these plays, only 'Heracles' truly belongs in the tragic sphere with its presentation of underserved suffering and divine malignity. The other plays flirt with comedy and comic themes. Their plots are ironic and complex with deception and elusion eventually leading to reconciliation between... more...

  • On the Shortness of Lifeby Seneca

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 7.04

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals... more...

  • Medea and Other Playsby Euripides; Philip Vellacott

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; US$ 11.27

    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 willingness to give voice to a woman's case. Alcestis, a tragicomedy, is based on a magical... more...

  • Meditationsby Marcus Aurelius; Diskin Clay; Martin Hammond

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 11.27

    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...

  • The Bacchae and Other Playsby Euripides

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.09

    Through their sheer range, daring innovation, flawed but eloquent characters and intriguing plots, the plays of Euripides have shocked and stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. Phoenician Women portrays the rival sons of King Oedipus and their mother's doomed attempts at reconciliation, while Orestes shows a son ravaged with guilt after... more...

  • Electra and Other Playsby Sophocles; Pat Easterling; David Raeburn

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 12.68

    Sophocles? innovative plays transformed Greek myths into dramas featuring complex human characters, through which he explored profound moral issues. Electra portrays the grief of a young woman for her father Agamemnon, who has been killed by her mother?s lover. Aeschylus and Euripides also dramatized this story, but the objectivity and humanity of... more...