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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Orestes and Other Playsby Euripides; Philip Vellacott

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 22.55

    Written during the long battles with Sparta that were to ultimately destroy ancient Athens, these six plays by Euripides brilliantly utilize traditional legends to illustrate the futility of war. The Children of Heracles holds a mirror up to contemporary Athens, while Andromache considers the position of women in Greek wartime society. In The Suppliant... more...

  • The Iliadby Homer; Peter Jones; E V Rieu

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms... 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 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...