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.
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.
Medea and Other Plays
Four tragedies are presented in this modern prose translation – the relatively light Alcestis contrasting with the darker human passions of Medea, The Children of Heracles and Hippolytus. A general introduction and individual prefaces to each play provide context and analysis. (Previously published as Alcestis and Other Plays.)
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.
The Penguin Book of Classical Myths
The mythologies of Greece and Rome are full of strange and powerful tales of love and betrayal, war and heroism. These unforgettable stories, whose symbolism still pervades Western culture, are here retold by Jenny March, with translated and quoted passages showing how they were treated in ancient literature and how they have continued to inspire writers up to the present day. This hardback edition is exclusive to Postscript.
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.
Pliny the Elder
The Natural History Book VII
In Book VII of his encyclopedic Natural History, Pliny turns to the human animal, ‘for whose sake nature was created’. This edition presents both the Latin text and analysis of Pliny’s historical, scientific and literary contexts, highlighting what his discussion reveals about the ancient Roman worldview. For less experienced readers, the commentary offers plenty of linguistic explanation and the volume ends with a thorough glossary of vocabulary.
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 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.
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.
Prophecy and Power in the Ancient World
The female prophets known as sibyls were renowned across the Greco-Roman world and their pronouncements were considered a source of authoritative wisdom. Guillermo focuses on the stories that were told about four prominent sibyls, at Erythrae, Cumae, Delphi and Tibur. He also reflects on the wider cultural associations between women and prophecy and asks how the ancient pagan tradition was later fused with Christianity so successfully that sibyls feature in Michelangelo’s decoration of the Sistine Chapel.
Two Centuries of Roman Poetry
Extracts From Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Martial and Juvenal
This anthology, which was first published in 1964, is designed as an introduction to a cross-section of poetry, in the original Latin, from the late Republic and early Empire. It presents 36 passages, in different genres and styles, by such authors as Catullus, Virgil and Juvenal. There are short introductions to each extract, detailed notes on language and content and a full vocabulary. Off-mint.
The Shield and The Arbitration
Stanley Ireland’s critical edition of these two social comedies – The Arbitration (Epitrepontes) and The Shield (Apsis) – aims to make Menander’s sophisticated dramatic technique and use of language accessible to the modern reader. Greek text with facing English translation.
The Iliad and the Odyssey
Introducing this edition of Homer’s two epic poems, Michael Dirda writes that ‘few other works ... have so deeply entered our cultural bloodstream’. Here, in their entirely, are Samuel Butler’s prose translations of the exploits of Achilles, Agamemnon and Odysseus and their mortal and immortal adversaries.
Micromegas and Other Stories
Voltaire’s ‘philosophical story’ Micromegas foreshadows science fiction, telling of a 650-year-old giant from Sirius who visits Earth and encounters the stupidity of the human race. This classic Enlightenment text is accompanied by a further 13 short tales, all newly translated.