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  • Horace and Meby Harry Eyres

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 16.99

    A wise and witty revival of the Roman poet who taught us how to carpe diem What is the value of the durable at a time when the new is paramount? How do we fill the void created by the excesses of a superficial society? What resources can we muster when confronted by the inevitability of death? For the poet and critic Harry Eyres, we can begin to... more...

  • Petroniusby Jonathan R. W. Prag; Ian D. Repath

    Wiley 2012; US$ 110.95

    Petronius: A Handbook unravels the mysteries of the Satyrica, one of the greatest literary works that antiquity has bequeathed to the modern world. Includes a dozen original essays by a team of leading Petronius and Roman history scholars Features the first multi-dimensional approach to Satyricon studies by exploring the novel's literary... more...

  • Conceptions of Happinessby Ignacio L. Götz

    University Press of America 2009; US$ 38.99

    This book presents the thesis that happiness does not mean just one thing but many, and that these many meanings have been studied, described, argued, and practiced throughout the centuries in many climes and places. This book explores many views of happiness as espoused by their original founders and developers. more...

  • Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theaterby Deborah Uman; Sara Morrison

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 104.95

    Offering the first sustained and comprehensive scholarly consideration of the dramatic potential of the blazon, this volume complicates what has become a standard reading of the Petrarchan convention of dismembering the beloved through poetic description. At the same time, it contributes to a growing understanding of the relationship between the material... more...

  • A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquityby Paul Christesen; Donald G. Kyle

    Wiley 2013; US$ 195.00

    A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity presents a series of essays that apply a socio-historical perspective to myriad aspects of ancient sport and spectacle. Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire Includes contributions from a range of international scholars with various Classical antiquity specialties Goes beyond... more...

  • So We Read Onby Maureen Corrigan

    Little, Brown and Company 2014; US$ 11.69

    The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know... more...

  • Classical Literatureby William Allan

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    From popular histories through to reworkings of classical subject matter by contemporary poets, dramatists, and novelists, the classical world and the masterpieces of its literature continue to fascinate readers and audiences in a huge variety of media. In this Very Short Introduction, William Allan explores what the 'classics' are and why... more...

  • Zenon von Eleaby Gerhard Köhler

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 154.00

    Nearly all the surviving works of Zeno of Elea are mere paraphrases and discussions of his thoughts on the part of later authors. Nevertheless, analysis of all relevant sources does lead to plausible hypotheses about the proper meaning of the ?Paradoxes of plurality? (Frag. B1?3) and the ?Paradox of place? (Frag. B5). It lends a new perspective to... more...

  • The Last Days of Troyby Simon Armitage

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 18.94

    Simon Armitage is rightly celebrated as one of the country's most original and engaging poets; but he is also an adaptor and translator of some of our most important epics, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Death of King Arthur and Homer's Odyssey . The latter, originally a commission for BBC Radio, rendered the classical tale with all... more...

  • Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worldsby Marina Warner

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 31.99

    Metamorphosis is a dynamic principle of creation, vital to natural processes of generation and evolution, growth and decay, yet it also threatens personal identity if human beings are subject to a continual process of bodily transformation. Shape-shifting also belongs in the landscape of magic, witchcraft, and wonder, and enlivens classical mythology,... more...