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  • 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...

  • 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 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$ 15.50

    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...

  • The Dhammapadaby Buddha; Thomas Byrom; Ram Dass

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    Trembling and quivering is the mind, Difficult to guard and hard to restrain. The person of wisdom sets it straight, As a fletcher does an arrow. The Dhammapada introduced the actual utterances of the Buddha nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, when the master teacher emerged from his long silence to illuminate for his followers the substance... more...

  • Women of Trakhisby Sophocles

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 5.99

    Among the most celebrated plays of ancient Athens, Women of Trakhis is one of seven surviving dramas by the great Greek playwright, Sophocles, now available from Harper Perennial in a vivid and dynamic new translation by award-winning poet Robert Bagg. A powerful drama centered on a desperate wife?s attempts to hold onto her wandering husband, the... more...