John the Baptist's Prayer or The Descent into Hell from the Exeter Book
Text, Translation and Critical Study
In this critical edition of the Anglo-Saxon poem commonly known as The Descent into Hell, Rambaran-Olm provides a substantial introduction, including a review of comparative studies and analogous literature, and her commentary offers a fresh interpretation of the poem, arguing the case for renaming it ‘John the Baptist’s Prayer’ to better reflect its central theme. Anglo-Saxon Studies 21.
Ovid: Metamorphoses X (Latin Texts)
The tenth book of Ovid’s vast compendium of myth focuses on Orpheus and Eurydice, Venus and Adonis, Myrrha’s incestuous passion for her father and Pygmalion’s love for the statue he created. Ideal for first-time readers of Ovid, this edition contains the Latin text, line-by-line commentary on linguistic and literary matters and a concise introduction addressing the poet’s context and the themes of Book X.
Abraham and his Son
The Story of a Story
The book of Genesis tells how Abraham obeyed God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac, a brief story that has profoundly influenced the theology and rituals of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as art, music and literature down the ages. In his history of this enigmatic tale, Goodman explores its many versions, from Syriac hymns to Sartre and Bob Dylan, showing how each rewriting has addressed worries about Abraham’s unquestioning faith and God’s reasons for requiring the sacrifice.
Furious that the women of Thebes have flocked to the mountains to worship the newly arrived Dionysus, Pentheus, the Theban king, denounces the god as a charlatan – but no man can deny a god. How Dionysus exacts his terrible revenge, culminating in Pentheus' destruction, is as devastating now as it was in fifth-century Athens. The play is translated and introduced by Robin Robertson.