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  • Frogs and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Shomit Dutta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.09

    The master of ancient Greek comic drama, Aristophanes combined slapstick, humour and cheerful vulgarity with acute political observations. In The Frogs , written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional... more...

  • The Comediesby Terence; Betty Radice; Betty Radice

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 21.14

    The Roman dramatist Terence (c. 186-159 BC) adapted many of his comedies from Greek sources, rendering them suitable for audiences of his own time by introducing subtler characterization and more complex plots. In his romantic play, The Girl from Andros, Terence portrays a love affair saved by a startling discovery. The Self-Tormentor focusses on a... more...

  • Early Socratic Dialoguesby Emlyn-Jones Chris; Plato; Trevor Saunders; Trevor Saunders

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.50

    Rich in drama and humour, they include the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers,... more...

  • The Complete Odes and Epodesby Horace; Betty Radice

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 15.50

    Horace (65-8 bc) was one of the greatest poets of the Golden or Augustan age of Latin literature, a master of precision and irony who brilliantly transformed early Greek iambic and lyric poetry into sophisticated Latin verse of outstanding beauty. Offering allusive and exquisitely crafted insights into the brief joys of the present and the uncertain... more...

  • The Birds and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Alan H. Sommerstein; David Barrett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.50

    The plays in this volume all contain Aristophanes' trademark bawdy comedy and dazzling verbal agility. In THE BIRDS, two frustrated Athenians join the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds'. THE KNIGHTS is a venomous satire on Cleon, a prominent Athenian demagogue, while THE ASSEMBLY WOMEN deals with the battle of the sexes... more...

  • The Pot of Gold and Other Playsby Plautus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 14.09

    One of the supreme comic writers of the Roman world, Plautus (c.254-184 BC), skilfully adapted classic Greek comic models to the manners and customs of his day. This collection features a varied selection of his finest plays, from the light-hearted comedy Pseudolus, in which the lovesick Calidorus and his slave try to liberate his lover from her pimp,... more...

  • Plays and Fragmentsby Menander; Norma Miller; Norma Miller

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 18.32

    Menander (c. 341-291 BC) was the foremost innovator of Greek New Comedy, a dramatic style that moved away from the fantastical to focus upon the problems of ordinary Athenians. This collection contains the full text of 'Old Cantankerous' (Dyskolos), the only surviving complete example of New Comedy, as well as fragments from works including 'The Girl... more...

  • 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$ 14.09

    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$ 7.04

    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...