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Le Morte d'Arthur

Written by Sir Thomas Malory
Introduction by Elizabeth Bryan


Format: Trade Paperback, 992 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75322-0 (0-375-75322-2)

With an Introduction by Elizabeth J. Bryan.

The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature--from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Meditations

Written by Marcus Aurelius


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-41271-7 (0-679-41271-9)

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121—180) embodied in his person that deeply cherished, ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. His Meditations are not only one of the most important expressions of the Stoic philosophy of his time but also an enduringly inspiring guide to living a good and just... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Epigrams

Written by Martial
Translated by James Michie
Introduction by Shadi Bartsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76042-6 (0-375-76042-3)

Martial, the father of the epigram, was one of the brilliant provincial poets who made their literary mark on first-century Rome. His Epigrams can be affectionate or cruel, elegiac or playful; they target every element of Roman society, from slaves to schoolmasters to, above all, the aristocratic elite. With wit and... Read more >
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The Elusive Embrace
Desire and the Riddle of Identity
Written by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 20, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70697-4 (0-375-70697-6)

In an emotionally charged narrative that weaves together past and present, the personal and the scholarly, a young critic and classicist takes us on a search for the meaning of identity--while showing, through remarkably fresh and accessible readings of such classical Greek and Roman writers as Catullus and Sappho, Ovid and... Read more >
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The Song of Roland

Translated by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75711-2 (0-375-75711-2)

A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary... Read more >
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Seven Famous Greek Plays

Written by Whitney J. Oates


Format: Trade Paperback, 472 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1955
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70125-7 (0-394-70125-9)

"In the interval between the epics of Homer...and the age of the three great tragic poets, thinkers began to explore the various phenomena of the external world and came to understand many aspects of nature which had hitherto been shrouded in complete mystery. The creative literary activity of this epoch likewise... Read more >

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The Arabian Nights

Edited by Wen-chin Ouyang


Format: Hardcover, 920 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71241-8 (0-375-71241-0)

The most famous of all story collections, The Arabian Nights, also known as The Book of the Thousand and One Nights, is beloved around the world. Composed of Persian, Arabic, Greek, Indian, and other sources that accumulated over hundreds of years, these fabulous stories-within-stories have long fired readers’ imaginations with an... Read more >

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The Art of Love

Written by Ovid
Translated by James Michie
Introduction by David Malouf


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76117-1 (0-375-76117-9)

In the first century a.d., Ovid, author of the groundbreaking epic poem Metamorphoses, came under severe criticism for The Art of Love, which playfully instructed women in the art of seduction and men in the skills essential for mastering the art of romantic conquest. In this remarkable translation, James Michie breathes... Read more >
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The Metamorphoses

Written by Ovid
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Introduction by J. C. McKeown


Format: Hardcover, 568 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71231-9 (0-375-71231-3)

Ovid’s famous mock epic—a treasury of myth and magic that is one of the greatest literary works of classical antiquity—is rendered into fluidly poetic English by world-renowned translator Allen Mandelbaum.

Roman poet Ovid’s dazzling cycle of tales begins with the creation of the world and ends with the deification of Caesar Augustus... Read more >

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To Hold the Crown
The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
Written by Jean Plaidy


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34619-3 (0-307-34619-6)

From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning.

Henry Tudor was not born to the throne of England. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to... Read more >
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Symposium and Phaedrus

Written by Plato


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 6, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41174-8 (0-375-41174-7)

It has been said that, after the Bible, Plato’s dialogues are the most influential books in Western culture. And of the dialogues, the Symposium is the most delightful and accessible, requiring no special knowledge of ancient Greek philosophy or customs. Dramatizing a party in fifth-century B.C. Athens, the deceptively unassuming Symposium... Read more >

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The Life of Alexander the Great

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7133-0 (0-8129-7133-7)

From one of the most eminent biographers of the ancient world, here is the story that has intrigued readers for centuries--the young king of Macedonia who became known as one of the greatest military geniuses of all time.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote the Introduction to this Modern Library edition of Plutarch's The... Read more >
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Plutarch's Lives, Volume 1

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by James Atlas


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75676-4 (0-375-75676-0)

Plutarch’s Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects... Read more >

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Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by James Atlas


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75677-1 (0-375-75677-9)

Plutarchs Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If Not, Winter
Fragments of Sappho
Written by Sappho
Translated by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72451-0 (0-375-72451-6)

Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the... Read more >

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The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72525-8 (0-375-72525-3)

When Michael Schmidt’s last book, Lives of the Poets, was published, Mark Strand called it “a tour de force, an astonishing view of the whole of poetry in English, a superb read.” Now Schmidt brings the same erudition, insight, and élan to The First Poets—the story of the ancient Greeks whose... Read more >
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Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece

Written by Gustav Schwab


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71446-7 (0-375-71446-4)

From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, this collection of classic tales from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible vitality of a timeless cultural legacy.

Here are Icarus flying too close to the sun, mighty Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Plays of Sophocles

Written by Sophocles


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1991
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21354-6 (0-553-21354-7)

Edited with an introduction and prefatory comments on each play by Moses Hadas, who also revised and modernized the translations of Richard Claverhouse Jebb. Includes: Ajax; Electra; Oedipus the King; Antigone; Trachinian Women; Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Philoctetes

Written by Sophocles
Translated by Bryan Doerries


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-101-87368-7 (1-101-87368-X)

The Trojan War has been raging for nine long years.

Desperate for victory and a return home, the Greeks have been told by a seer that there is only one way to defeat Troy: the great archer Philoctetes and his magical bow must be returned from exile.

The Greek army had... Read more >

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The Theban Plays

Written by Sophocles
Translated by David Grene
Introduction by Charles Segal


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43132-9 (0-679-43132-2)

The legends surrounding Oedipus of Thebes and his ill-fated offspring provide the subject matter for Sophocles’ three greatest plays, which together represent Greek drama at the pinnacle of its achievement.
Oedipus the King, the most famous of the three, has been characterized by critics from Aristotle to Coleridge as the perfect exemplar... Read more >

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City of God

Written by St. Augustine


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 19, 1958
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-02910-0 (0-385-02910-1)

No book except the Bible itself had a greater influence on the Middle Ages than Augustine's City of God. A vast synthesis of religious and secular knowledge, it began as a reply to the charge that Christian other-worldliness was causing the decline of the Roman Empire. Augustine produced a wealth... Read more >

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The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika

Edited by Robert B. Strassler


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42255-3 (0-375-42255-2)

From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides and The Landmark Herodotus, here is a new edition of Xenophon’s Hellenika, the primary source for the events of the final seven years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War.

Hellenika covers the years between 411 and 362 B.C.E., a particularly dramatic... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Annals & The Histories

Written by Tacitus
Edited by Moses Hadas
Translated by Alfred Church and William Brodribb
Introduction by Shelby Foote


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6699-2 (0-8129-6699-6)

Cornelius Tacitus brilliantly chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire in a period when the earliest foundations of modern Europe were being laid.

The Annals commence in a.d. 14, at the death of Augustus, recounting the reigns of Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, and Nero, and conclude in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Aeneid of Virgil

Written by Virgil
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21041-5 (0-553-21041-6)

Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world--as literature as well. Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Aeneid

Written by Virgil
Translated by Robert Fitzgerald


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72952-5 (0-679-72952-6)

Translated by Robert Fitzgerald.

"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come."--New York Review of Books

"From the beginning to the end of this English poem...the reader will find the same sure control of... Read more >
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