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  • Heracles and Other Playsby Euripides

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 15.50

    Heracles/ Iphigenia Among the Taurians/ Helen/ Ion/ Cyclops: Of these plays, only 'Heracles' truly belongs in the tragic sphere with its presentation of underserved suffering and divine malignity. The other plays flirt with comedy and comic themes. Their plots are ironic and complex with deception and elusion eventually leading to reconciliation between... more...

  • On the Shortness of Lifeby Seneca

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 7.04

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals... 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...

  • Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketchesby Lucian; Keith Sidwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 18.32

    Described by a later Greek historian as "a man seriously committed to raising a laugh", Lucian exulted in the exposure of absurdity and the puncturing of pretension, and was capable of finding a comic angle on almost any subject. In this selection we see him conversing with his literary enemies, railing against hypocrisy and the vanity of human wealth... more...

  • Electra and Other Playsby Sophocles; Pat Easterling; David Raeburn

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 12.68

    Sophocles’ innovative plays transformed Greek myths into dramas featuring complex human characters, through which he explored profound moral issues. Electra portrays the grief of a young woman for her father Agamemnon, who has been killed by her mother’s lover. Aeschylus and Euripides also dramatized this story, but the objectivity and humanity of... more...

  • Lysistrata and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Alan H. Sommerstein

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    Writing at a time when Athens was undergoing a crisis in its social attitudes, Aristophanes was an eloquent opponent of the demagogue and the sophist. This collection includes Lysistrata, the hilariously bawdy anti-war fantasy; The Acharnians, a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta; and The Clouds, a satire on contemporary... more...

  • Frogs and Other Playsby Aristophanes; Shomit Dutta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.09

    The master of ancient Greek comic drama, Aristophanes combined slapstick, humour and cheerful vulgarity with acute political observations. In The Frogs , written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional... more...

  • On Governmentby Cicero; Michael Grant

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 22.55

    These pioneering writings on the mechanics, tactics, and strategies of government were devised by the Roman Republic's most enlightened thinker. more...

  • Fastiby Ovid; Anthony Boyle; Roger Woodard; Anthony Boyle; Roger Woodard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 18.32

    Written after he had been banished to the Black Sea city of Tomis by Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid's last major poetic work. Both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles, it weaves together tales of gods and citizens together to explore Rome's history, religious beliefs and traditions. It may... more...

  • The Comediesby Terence; Betty Radice; Betty Radice

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 21.14

    The Roman dramatist Terence (c. 186-159 BC) adapted many of his comedies from Greek sources, rendering them suitable for audiences of his own time by introducing subtler characterization and more complex plots. In his romantic play, The Girl from Andros, Terence portrays a love affair saved by a startling discovery. The Self-Tormentor focusses on a... more...