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Ancient, Classical & Medieval

  • The Dance of Deathby Hans Holbein

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.09

    A new departure in Penguin Classics: a book containing one of the greatest of all Renaissance woodcut sequences - Holbein's bravura danse macabre One of Holbein's first great triumphs, The Dance of Death is an incomparable sequence of tiny woodcuts showing the folly of human greed and pride, with each image packed with drama, wit and horror... more...

  • How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasaby Andrew Skilton

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake ( naga ). The Shattered Thighs , attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious... more...

  • Bhatti?s Poem: The Death of Ravanaby Oliver Fallon; Bhatti Bhatti

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    To the dry bones of grammar Bhatti gave juicy flesh in his poem, telling the greatest Indian story in elegant Sanskrit. Composed in the fourth century CE, in South India, ?Bhatti?s Poem: The Death of Rávana? is both a poetic retelling of Rama?s adventures, and a compendium of grammatical and rhetorical examples for students. Bhatti?s study aid to... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 1)by Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    The Book of Shalya recounts in gory detail the final destruction of the Káurava army and the defeat of its leader, Durˇyódhana. In this first volume heroic duels and martial speeches abound as Shalya, the king of the Madras, is made general of the Káurava army, only to be slaughtered in his turn. The Book of Shalya recounts in gory detail the final... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 2)by Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    In one of the most famous passages in Mahaˇbhárata , Durˇyódhana, the heroic but flawed king of the Káuravas, meets his end when he is dishonorably defeated in battle by his arch-enemy, Bhima. Framing a fascinating account of the sacred sites along the river Sarásvati, the duel poignantly portrays the downfall of a once great hero in the face of... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Seven (Volume 1)by Vaughan Pilikian

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    After Bhishma is cut down at the end of the previous book of the Mahaˇbhárata , the book which bears his name, Duryódhana selects Drona as leader of his forces. Drona accepts the honor with Bhishma's blessing, despite his ongoing personal conflicts as mentor to both the Pándava and Káurava heroes in their youth. The fighting rages on, with heavy... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 1)by Alex Cherniak

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    ?Bhishma,? the sixth book of the eighteen-book epic The Maha?bhárata, narrates the first ten days of the great war between the Káuravas and the Pándavas. This first volume covers four days from the beginning of the great battle and includes the famous ?Bhágavad?gita (?The Song of the Lord?), presented here within its original epic context. In... more...

  • The Rise of Wisdom Moonby Krishna mishra; Matthew Kapstein; J. N. Mohanty

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    The Rise of Wisdom Moon was composed during the mid-eleventh century by Krishna mishra, an otherwise unknown poet in the service of the Chandella dynasty, whose cultural and religious capital was Khajuraho. The early popularity of Krishna mishra?s work led to its frequent translation into the vernaculars of both North and South India, and even Persian... more...

  • Prudentius and the Landscapes of Late Antiquityby Cillian O'Hogan

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 99.99 US$ 85.99

    This work considers the representation of the geographical and cultural landscapes of late antiquity in the work of the Latin poet Prudentius. It argues that his use of allusion to Augustan and early imperial Latin authors presents these landscapes as being marked by the arrival of Christianity, though retaining the grandeur of the pagan past. more...

  • The Cup of Songby Vanessa Cazzato; Dirk Obbink; Enrico Emanuele Prodi

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 124.99 US$ 107.49

    The Cup of Song explores the symbiotic relationship of the symposion and poetry across Greek literary history. Each chapter discusses one aspect of sympotic engagement by key authors across the major genres of Greek poetry, leading to a characterization of the full spectrum of sympotic poetry from its beginnings through to the Hellenistic age. more...