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978-0-674-99616-8 / 067499616X

A Loeb Classical Library Reader

by Loeb Classical Library

Publisher:Loeb Classical Library

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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This selection of lapidary nuggets drawn from 33 of antiquitys major authors includes poetry, dialogue, philosophical writing, history, descriptive reporting, satire, and fictiongiving 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 LibraryŽ 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. A Loeb Classical Library Reader offers a unique sampling of this treasure trove. In these pages you will find: Odysseus tricking the Cyclops in order to escape from the giants 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 Herods fortified palace at Masada; Ciceros thoughts on what we owe our fellow men; Livys description of the rape of the Sabine women; Manilius on the signs of the zodiac; and Plinys observation of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. 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.

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