A Loeb Classical Library Reader - Loeb Classical Libra, Loeb Classical Library
Harvard University Press (2006)
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Classical literature - Translations into English, Civilization, Classical - Sources, Classical literature

This selection of lapidary nuggets drawn from thirty-three of antiquity's major authors includes poetry, dialogue, philosophical writing, history, descriptive reporting, satire, and fiction--giving a glimpse at the wide range of arts and sciences, thought and styles, of Greco-Roman culture.

The selections span twelve centuries, from Homer to Saint Jerome. The texts and translations are reproduced as they appear in Loeb volumes.

The Loeb Classical Library is the only existing series of books which, through original text and facing English translation, gives access to all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. The Loeb Classical Library Reader offers a unique sampling of this treasure trove. In these pages you will find, for example:

  • Odysseus tricking the Cyclops in order to escape from the giant's cave;
  • Zeus creating the first woman, Pandora, cause of mortals' hardships ever after;
  • the Athenian general Nicias dissuading his countrymen from invading Sicily;
  • Socrates, condemned to die, saying farewell;
  • a description of Herod's fortified palace at Masada;
  • Cicero's thoughts on what we owe our fellow men;
  • Livy's description of the rape of the Sabine women;
  • Manilius on the signs of the zodiac;
  • Pliny's observation of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D..

    Here you can enjoy looking in on people, real and imaginary, who figure prominently in ancient history, and on notable events. Here, too, you can relish classical poetry and comedy, and get a taste of the ideas characteristic of the splendid culture to which we are heir.

    Product Details
    LoC Classification PA3621.L64 2006
    Dewey 880
    Format Paperback
    Cover Price $6.95
    Nr of Pages 240
    Height x Width 80 x 107 mm
    Original Publication Year 2006
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    Includes index.