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  • Orestes and Other Playsby Euripides; Philip Vellacott

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 18.04

    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$ 11.27

    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...

  • 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...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 10.14

    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$ 18.32

    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$ 12.40

    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...

  • The Complete Odes and Epodesby Horace; Betty Radice

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.40

    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...

  • The Oedipus Cycleby Sophocles

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 9.99

    Award-winning poet and playwright Robert Bagg offers a set of exciting and authentic new translations of Oedipus the King , Oedipus at Kolonos , and Antigone ?together known as The Oedipus Cycle . One of the unquestionable acmes of world literature, Sophocles?s immortal series of plays centers upon the royal family of Thebes, whose struggles for... more...

  • The Satyriconby Petronius

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 12.40

    The Satyricon is one of the most outrageous and strikingly modern works to have survived from the ancient world. Most likely written by an advisor of Nero, it recounts the adventures of Encolpius and his companions as they travel around Italy, encountering courtesans, priestesses, con men, brothel-keepers, pompous professors ­and, above all, Trimalchio,... more...