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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
by Homer and Robert Fitzgerald
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The classic translation of The Odyssey, now in a Noonday paperback. Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two... (read more)

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The Three Theban Plays: Antigon/Oedipus the King/Oedipus at Colonus (Penguin Classics)
The Three Theban Plays: Antigon/Oedipus the King/Oedipus at Colonus (Penguin Classics)
by Sophocles
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The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C. Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at... (read more)

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Iliad (99 Edition)
Iliad (99 Edition)
by Homer
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Epic masterpiece chronicles last days of the Trojan War — quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon, the battle for Helen of Troy, Greek siege of the city, Trojan counterattack, stratagem of the Trojan Horse, many other events. Vast in scope, fresh and... (read more)

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The Iliad
The Iliad
by Homer and Robert Fagles
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Dating to the ninth century BC, Homers timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to  the wrenching, tragic... (read more)

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Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
by Ovid
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"The Metamorphoses of Ovid offers to the modern world such a key to the literary and religious culture of the ancients that it becomes an important event when at last a good poet comes up with a translation into English verse." --John Crowe Ransom "... a... (read more)

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The Persian Expedition (Penguin Classics)
The Persian Expedition (Penguin Classics)
by Xenophon
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Rex Warner's impressive translation of Xenophon's account of the Greek War with Persia.... (read more)

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The History of the Peloponnesian War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
The History of the Peloponnesian War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
by Thucydides
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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The... (read more)

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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
by Homer and Robert Fagles
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If The Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, then The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey though life. Odysseus's reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-... (read more)

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Four Comedies
Four Comedies
by Aristophanes
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This text provides translations of four of Aristophanies' comedies: Lysistrata, The Acharnians, The Congresswomen, and The Frogs.... (read more)

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The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin Classics)
The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin Classics)
by Tacitus
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"The Annals of Imperial Rome" recount the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. Michael Grant's introduction discusses the life and works of Tacitus and the historical context of the... (read more)

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Sappho a New Translation
Sappho a New Translation
by Sappho/barnard
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These hundred poems and fragments constitute virtually all of Sappho that survives and effectively bring to life the woman whom the Greeks consider to be their greatest lyric poet. Mary Barnard's translations are lean, incisive, direct--the best ever... (read more)

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Aristiohanes Lysistrata
Aristiohanes Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
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The first new edition in almost sixty years, this volume of Aristophanes' Lysistrata brings the play completely up to date with modern scholarship. It provides the first complete account of its history and contains new information about the comic theater... (read more)

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The Oresteia (Penguin Classics)
The Oresteia (Penguin Classics)
by Aeschylus
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In the Oresteia—the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity—Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. Moving from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance... (read more)

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Histories
Histories
by Herodotus
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Translated by Aubrey de Sandeacutelincourt with an introduction and Notes by John M. Marincola.... (read more)

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Oedipus Rex Dover Thrift Edition
Oedipus Rex Dover Thrift Edition
by Sophocles/appelbaum
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Considered by many the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies, Oedipus Rex is Sophocles' finest play and a work of extraordinary power and resonance. Aristotle considered it a masterpiece of dramatic construction and refers to it frequently in the... (read more)

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Bacchae
Bacchae
by Euripides
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[Woodruff's translation] is clear, fluent, and vigorous, well thought out, readable and forceful. The rhythms are right, ever-present but not too insistent or obvious. It can be spoken instead of read and so is viable as an acting version; and it... (read more)

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The Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)
The Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)
by Ovid
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Ovid—Publius Ovidius Naso—(43 bce–ce 17 or 18) was born into a wealthy Roman family and became the most distinguished poet of his time. He died in exile on the Black Sea, far from Rome and his literary life.... (read more)

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On the Shortness of Life (Great Ideas)
On the Shortness of Life (Great Ideas)
by Seneca
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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... (read more)

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Meditations (06 Edition)
Meditations (06 Edition)
by Marcus Aurelius
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Consigned to notebooks by one of Rome's last great emperors, Meditations contains the blood and fire of Stoic philosophy. It has been a favorite for many ages and graced the bedside of kings and laity alike.... (read more)

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The Acharnians: And the Clouds (And) Lysistrata
The Acharnians: And the Clouds (And) Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
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Writing at the time of political and social crisis in Athens Aristophanes was an eloquent yet bawdy challenger to the demagogue and the sophist. The Achanians is a plea for peace set against the background of the long war with Sparta. In Lysistrata a... (read more)

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