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  • The Odes of Pindarby Cecil Bowra

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 15.50

    'What Pindar catches is the joy beyond ordinary emotions as it transcends and transforms them' - C. M. Bowra Arguably the greatest Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B. C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greece - a conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games was largely... more...

  • The Essential Iliadby Homer; Stanley Lombardo; Sheila Murnaghan

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2000; US$ 9.75

    While preserving the basic narrative of the Iliad , this selection also highlights the epic's high poetic moments and essential mythological content, and will prove especially useful in surveys of world literature. more...

  • The Essential Homerby Homer; Sheila Murnaghan

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2000; US$ 14.50

    Selections from both Iliad and Odyssey , made with an eye for those episodes that figure most prominently in the study of mythology. more...

  • The Aeneidby Virgil; David West; David West

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.50

    Virgil's Aeneid, inspired by Homer and inspiration for Dante and Milton, is an immortal poem at the heart of Western life and culture. Virgil took as his hero Aeneas, legendary survivor of the fall of Troy and father of the Roman race, and in telling a story of dispossession and defeat, love and war, he portrayed human life in all its nobility and... more...

  • 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...

  • Beginning Latin Poetry Readerby Gavin Betts; Daniel Franklin

    McGraw-Hill Education 2006; US$ 20.00

    Embrace your Roman muse! As a learner of Latin, you want to experience the Roman world by reading its writers in their original language. But you may be unsure where to begin in the classical canon or you may worry that your Latin skills are insufficient to tackle authentic texts. Requiring only a grounding in the basics, Beginning Latin Poetry... more...

  • The Conference of the Birdsby Farid Attar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.50

    Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds... more...

  • Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouthby Stephen Berg

    Copper Canyon Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    New edition of best-selling Asian title presents the poems of a renowned Zen master. more...

  • Mystical Poems of Rumiby Jalal al-Din Rumi; A. J. Arberry; Ehsan Yarshater; Franklin D. Lewis; Hasan Javadi

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    My verse resembles the bread of Egypt—night passes over it, and you cannot eat it any more. Devour it the moment it is fresh, before the dust settles upon it. Its place is the warm climate of the heart; in this world it dies of cold. Like a fish it quivered for an instant on dry land, another moment and you see it is cold. Even if you eat it... more...

  • The Homeric Hymnsby Michael Crudden

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 8.99

    The Homeric Hymns honour the Greek gods. They are called 'Homeric' because the ancients attributed them to Homer; it is now accepted that they were composed by later poets working in the same tradition. Four of them stand out by reason of their length and quality: Hymns 2-5, in honour of Demeter, Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite respectively. This volume... more...