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  • The Tale of Cupid and Psycheby Apuleius; Joel C. Relihan

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2009; US$ 9.50

    Is Cupid and Psyche a romance, a folktale, a Platonic allegory of the nature of the soul, a Jungian tale of individuation, or an archetypal dream? This volume provides Joel Relihan's lively translation of this best known section of Apuleius' Golden Ass , some useful and illustrative parallels, and an engaging discussion of what to make of this... more...

  • The Oresteiaby Aeschylus; Robert Fagles; W. B. Stanford

    Penguin Publishing Group 1984; US$ 13.98

    One of the founding documents of Western culture and the only surviving ancient Greek trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus is one of the great tragedies of all time. The three plays of the Oresteia portray the bloody events that follow the victorious return of King Agamemnon from the Trojan War, at the start of which he had sacrificed his daughter... more...

  • Republicby Plato

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.09

    An authoritative new translation of Plato's The Republic by Christopher Rowe, with notes and an introduction. 'We set about founding the best city we could, because we could be confident that if it was good we would find justice in it' The Republic , Plato's masterwork, was first enjoyed 2,400 years ago and remains one of the... more...

  • Great Dialogues of Platoby Plato; W. H. D. Rouse; Matthew S. Santirocco

    Penguin Publishing Group 2008; US$ 6.95

    Written in the form of debates, Great Dialogues of Plato comprises the most influential body of philosophy of the Western world—covering every subject from art and beauty to virtue and the nature of love. more...

  • Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulaeby Stephen M. Trzaskoma; R. Scott Smith

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2007; US$ 12.95

    By offering, for the first time in a single edition, complete English translations of Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae --the two most important surviving "handbooks" of classical mythography--this volume enables readers to compare the two's versions of the most important Greek and Roman myths. A General Introduction sets the Library... more...

  • The Odysseyby Homer; Robert Fagles; Bernard Knox

    Penguin Publishing Group 1997; US$ 17.00

      The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, renowned translator Robert Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an edition of The Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer... more...

  • Gesta Romanorumby Charles Swan; Wynnard Hooper

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 3.00

    Discover one of the greatest collections of medieval literature with this historic work, which features more than 180 tales of Greeks, Romans, Britons, biblical figures, and others. Drawn from European and Asian sources, the stories abound in fascinating figures from all walks of life, including Pope Gregory, Noah, Socrates, and a host of other characters,... more...

  • A Hundred and One Nightsby Bruce Fudge; Robert Irwin

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 29.75

    Known to us only through North African manuscripts, and translated into English for the first time,  A Hundred and One Nights  is a marvelous example of the rich tradition of popular Arabic storytelling. Like its more famous sibling, the  Thousand and One Nights , this collection opens with the frame story of Shahrazad, the gifted vizier’s daughter... 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...