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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • On Governmentby Cicero; Michael Grant

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 22.55

    These pioneering writings on the mechanics, tactics, and strategies of government were devised by the Roman Republic's most enlightened thinker. more...

  • In Defence of the Republicby Cicero

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.50

    Cicero (106-43BC) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Octavian, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was: 'an eloquent man, my boy, eloquent and a lover of his country'. This new selection of speeches illustrates Cicero's fierce loyalty to the Roman Republic, giving... more...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...