Inconsistency in Roman Epic
Studies in Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid and Lucan
Classicists once assumed that all inconsistencies in ancient texts needed to be emended, explained away or lamented. Based on recent work on both Greek and Roman authors, this study explores the possibility of interpreting inconsistences in Roman epic.
His Life and Times
Virgil, the most famous of Roman poets, has fired the imagination of generations of writers, poets and readers. He has been the classic poet for two thousand years. In this biography, Peter Levi uses Virgil's poetry - the Eclogues, Georgics and the Aeneid - as well as historical and archaeological evidence to discard many of the myths surrounding Virgil's life and reveal the life of a poet whose powerful imagination helped shape the epic vision of modern man.
The Lives of the Greek Poets
In the first edition of this book, Lefkowitz argued that we have very little reliable data about such poets as Homer, Euripides and Callimachus, since the ancient biographical traditions are primarily fictional creations that derive from apparent hints in their poems and plays. The updated second edition refines this assessment, offering a wider perspective and a more sympathetic picture of the biographers' efforts, as well as revealing the insights they provide into ancient notions about the creative process.
The Myth of Paganism
Nonnus, Dionysus and the World of Late Antiquity
Part of the Classical Literature and Society series, this study focuses on the role of the poet in the emerging Christian world of the fourth to sixth centuries CE and argues against the traditional view of a 'simple binary opposition' between pagans and Christians. Instead, Shorrock presents the Christian world of late antiquity as imbued with the Classical past, and demonstrates the complex ways in which Classical culture was embraced, integrated, rejected or ignored by poets of the period.
Pindar, the ancient Greek lyric poet whose work has been best preserved, lived in the fifth century BCE and composed odes in honour of victorious athletes for performance to their aristocratic kinsmen, neighbours and friends. In this introduction to his poetry Anne Pippin Burnett considers the social context of such entertainments and focuses on the effects produced by the fragmentary episodes from myth that Pindar skilfully weaves into most of his odes.
All That Matters
Ieuan Williams argues that no one can study philosophy or politics without an awareness of Plato, whose work has reverberated through 2,500 years of Western thought and history. This concise, accessible and readable book introduces the essential elements of Plato's philosophy and shows why the questions he asked in fifth-century Athens remain important today. Part of the All That Matters series.
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.
Set in 13th-century Florence, part autobiography and part religious allegory, Dante's early masterpiece follows his quest to find a poetic idiom worthy of Beatrice, whom he had loved since boyhood. Her early death plunges him into an emotional turmoil that finds relief only through his faith in her continuing spiritual influence. The work is presented here in a verse translation by Anthony Mortimer.
Homer's <I>Iliad<I> Retold
The story of Achilles' rage is retold in this prose narrative version of the seminal work of Western literature. Maintaining the Homeric structure, it comprises one section for each of the original poem's 24 books. It also includes short excerpts directly translated from the Iliad itself, as well as background information on the mythology and history of the Trojan War.
Seneca - Selected Philosophical Letters
Translated with Introduction and Commentary
Seneca's 20-book collection of letters addressed to Lucilius is a valuable source for our knowledge about ancient Stoicism. Highly influential in later centuries, these works also raise philosophical questions which remain important today. Inwood's selection of 17 letters provides fresh translations and a detailed commentary which explains the historical background and philosophical controversies to which Seneca responds, as well as guiding the reader through his methods of argument and exploring the letters' literary qualities.
Gilbert Murray's Euripides
The Trojan Women and Other Plays
Gilbert Murray's early 20th century verse translations of Greek tragedy were hugely important in communicating Greek culture to the public and inspiring performances by commercial theatres. This volume brings together Murray's translations of Euripides' Medea, Hippolytus, Electra, Trojan Women and Bacchae, along with the introductions and notes in which he set out his distinctive view of each work. James Morwood introduces the plays by considering technical aspects of Murray's translations and their performance histories. No jacket
A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths
From the birth of the gods to the aftermath of the Trojan War and Plato's myth of Atlantis, Kershaw tells the stories of Greek mythology and discusses the wide-ranging influence of these tales on western culture. The book's final section surveys the ways in which people have tried to understand and rationalize myths, from antiquity to the present.
A Poem of the Land
'Georgic' means 'to work the earth', and Virgil's Georgics (29 BCE) is a poetic celebration of the land, combining practical agricultural wisdom with exuberant fantasy and eulogies to the rhythms of nature. This Penguin Classics edition is translated and edited, with an introduction, notes and glossary, by Kimberley Johnson.
The Roman poet Horace (65-8 BCE) is the source of familiar quotations and has been admired by many readers as a wise, urbane friend, but today his frequent historical and mythological allusions can be an obstacle. This introduction to his work guides the reader through each collection in turn, providing the political background to the nationalistic poems and identifying philosophical and literary antecedents of the quieter Horatian reflections on love and mortality. From the Ancients in Action series.
Confronting the Classics
Traditions, Adventures and Innovations
Comprising updated versions of 31 essays published over the past two decades, this volume takes the reader on 'a provocative tour of what is happening now in Classics'. Professor Beard reassesses old answers in scholarly debates concerning Greco-Roman antiquity; offers fresh interpretations of heroes and antiheroes, from the Greek poet Sappho to the emperor Hadrian; explores the evidence for ordinary Romans' worries and ambitions; and asks what our modern responses to the ancient world say about us.
The New Phrynichus (1881)
Being a Revised Text of the Ecloga of the Grammarian Phrynicus
Phrynichus' Ecloga consists of a series of rulings on aspects of Attic and non-Attic Greek usage and is a valuable source of evidence both for the work of earlier scholars and for the Greek produced by those imitating Attic in the 2nd century CE. Based on painstaking research, Rutherford's extended commentary is still admired as a guide to the classical Attic dialect; he provides a complete Greek text interspersed with English discussion on each of Phrynichus' 411 maxims. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.
Procli in Platonis Parmenidem Commentaria
Tomus III: libros VI-VII et indices continens
The monumental commentary by Proclus (412-485 CE) on Plato's Parmenides has had a crucial influence on later readings of an enigmatic dialogue. This final volume of the Oxford Classical Text edition contains Books 6 and 7 in Greek, with appendices, scholia and index fontium. Based on study of both the Greek tradition and medieval Latin translation, it features a painstaking reconstruction of the lost final sections, using the evidence of William of Moerbeke's Latin version.
The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World
Widely regarded as a landmark study of the Hellenistic period, Rostovtzeff's 'Social and Economic History' has been described as having 'defined the fundamental characteristics of Greek society in the centuries after Alexander the great.' Drawing not just on written sources, but on extensive archaeological and numismatic evidence, Rostovtzeff traces the development of social and economic phenomena in the light of the political, constitutional and cultural developments of the era. In three volumes, the third consisting of detailed notes on sources. (1941) Off-mint.
The Ten Gifts of the Demiurge
Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Timaeus
The commentary on Plato's Timaeus by the Neoplatonic philosopher Proclus is a complex and often arcane text, combining imagery from Late Antique science, metaphysics and theology. Kutash outlines Proclus' political and social context, then guides the reader through the philosophical terminology and argument by which Proclus' commentary constructs an elaborate ontology and reveals the gifts that flow from nature's hidden source. Her study also conveys the key issues which have been taken up in modern secondary literature on the text.
All You Need to Know, from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome
Our modern world is permeated by the legacy of Greece and Rome, but understanding the vast expanse of classical culture can seem a Herculean task. This accessible refresher course will help you fill gaps in your knowledge and rediscover what you once knew, whether your interests lie in the questions of Greek philosophy, the use of Latin words in English or the great events of ancient history.
Fronto: Selected Letters
M Cornelius Fronto (c.95-c.166 CE) was a Roman senator from North Africa, a great orator and legal advocate, and tutor to Marcus Aurelius. After an introduction discussing Fronto's life and Roman letter writing, this volume presents translations of 54 letters, with commentaries.
Greek Literature in the Roman Empire
Recent decades have brought fresh appreciation of the rich and varied literature written in Greek during the first centuries CE. This introductory survey covers the period's most prominent genres, from romance novels and Lucian's satire to science, miscellanism and the geographical work of Pausanias. Konig considers both the literary sophistication of the texts and the ways in which they reflect the changing cultural and social background of the Roman Empire.