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  • The Epic of Gilgameshby N. Sandars

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; US$ 12.68

    Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of... more...

  • Works and Days and Theogonyby Hesiod; Stanley Lombardo; Robert Lamberton

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1993; US$ 10.50

    "Robert Lamberton's Introduction is an excellent, concise exposition of current scholarly debate: his notes are informative and helpful. . . . Those who want a translation that captures something of the spirit of an ancient Greek poetic voice and its cultural milieu and transmits it in an appealing, lively, and accessible style will now turn to Lombardo."... more...

  • The Essential Odysseyby Homer; Stanley Lombardo; Sheila Murnaghan

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2007; US$ 9.50

    This generous abridgment of Stanley Lombardo?s translation of the Odyssey offers more than half of the epic, including all of its best-known episodes and finest poetry, while providing concise summaries for omitted books and passages. more...

  • The Divine Comedyby Robin Kirkpatrick; Dante Alighieri

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 15.50

    Robin Kirkpatrick's masterful verse translation of The Divine Comedy , tracing Dante's journey from Hell to Purgatory and finally Paradise, is published here for the first time in a single volume. The volume includes a new introduction, notes, maps and diagrams, and is the ideal edition for students as well as the general reader who is coming to... more...

  • Gilgameshby David Ferry

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 11.05

    A new verse rendering of the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature. Ferry makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable translation that Robert Fitzgerald and Richard Lattimore have provided for readers in their translations of Homer and Virgil. more...

  • Sunjataby David Conrad; Djanka Tassey Condé

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2004; US$ 15.95

    A pillar of the West African oral tradition for centuries, this epic traces the adventures and achievements of the Mande hero, Sunjata, as he liberates his people from Sumaworo Kante, the sorcerer king of Soso, and establishes the great medieval empire of Mali. David Conrad conveys the strong narrative thrust of the Sunjata epic in his presentation... more...

  • Philip Allan Literature Guide (for A-Level): Skirrid Hillby Luke McBratney

    Hodder Education 2011; US$ 14.38

    The ultimate guides for the very best grades more...

  • Reading John Keatsby Susan J. Wolfson

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 16.00

    This book explores John Keats's major works in the context of his reading and the world in which he shaped his career. more...

  • Iliadby Homer; Stanley Lombardo

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1997; US$ 13.95

    Gripping. . . . Lombardo's achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task. . . . [He] manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten reworking of a great classic. --Daniel Mendelsohn,... more...

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knightby Simon Armitage

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 11.66

    When the mysterious Green Knight arrives unbidden at the Round Table one Christmas, only Gawain is brave enough to take up his challenge . . . This story, first told in the 1400s, is one of the most enthralling, dramatic and beloved poems in the English tradition. Now, in Simon Armitage, the poem has found its perfect modern translator. Armitage's... more...