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  • Metamorphosesby Ovid; David Raeburn

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 12.68

    Ovid's deliciously witty and exuberant epic starts with the creation of the world and brings together a series of ingeniously linked Greek and Roman myths and legends in which men and women are transformed, often by love - into flowers, trees, stones and stars. This new verse translation, in simple and swift English hexameters, allows Ovid's narrative... more...

  • The Last Days of Socratesby Plato; Harold Tarrant

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 14.09

    'Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just' Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living... more...

  • Prometheus Bound and Other Playsby Aeschylus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    Aeschylus (525–456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. The Suppliants tells the story of the fifty daughters... more...

  • Classical Philosophyby Peter Adamson

    OUP Oxford 2014; US$ 19.99

    In 43 lively chapters Peter Adamson tells the story of philosophy from its beginnings to Plato and Aristotle. Most histories jump from one famous name to another, but Adamson shows that the people and ideas in between, usually overlooked, are fascinating and significant. Based on his popular podcasts, this is serious history with a light touch. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Politics of Aristotleby Peter L. Phillips Simpson

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    A touchstone in Western debates about society and government, the Politics is Aristotle's classic work on the nature of political community. Here, he argues that people band together into political communities to secure a good and self-sufficient life. He discusses the merits and defects of various regimes or ways of organizing political community--democracy... more...

  • Hermogenes' On Types of Styleby Cecil W. Wooten III

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 24.99

    Cecil Wooten has produced the first translation into any modern langauage of a key treatise of the ancient world. He provides a faithful English translation of Hermogenes' analysis based on a reliable Greek text established by Rabe at the beginning of this century and includes a substantial scholarly introduction and notes that will help the reader... 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...