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  1. A Companion To Plato's Republic

    Nicholas White

    A Companion To Plato's Republic

    A step by step, passage by passage analysis of the complete Republic. White shows how the argument of the book is articulated, the important interconnections among its elements, and the coherent and carefully developed train of though which motivates its complex philosophical reasoning. In his extensive introduction, White describes Plato’s aims, introduces the argument, and discusses the major philosophical and ethical theories embodied in the Republic. He then summarizes each of its ten books and provides substantial explanatory and interpretive notes.

  2. A History of Greek Literature

    Albin Lesky
    Translated by James Willis and Cornelis De Heer

    A History of Greek Literature

    “If the student of Greek literature has room on his shelf for only one volume besides his texts, lexica, and grammar, that book should be Lesky.”
         —Moses Hadas, The Classical World

  3. A Horace Reader

    Henry V. Bender

    A Horace Reader

    Intended for the Latin student with three years of Latin experience who is preparing for the Advanced Placement examination in Latin literature, this text offers a complete and thorough preparation, including an introduction to Horace's life and work, Latin text of 28 poems with facing notes, glossaries on meter and figures of speech, and a complete vocabulary. Each poem is introduced by a brief summary in English.

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    Edited by C. D. C. Reeve

    A Plato Reader

    A Plato Reader offers eight of Plato's best-known works—Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republic—unabridged, expertly introduced and annotated, and in widely admired translations by C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff.

    "These beautifully wrought student-friendly translations are a most welcome addition to the large literature by and about Plato."
    —Terence Ball, Arizona State University

  5. A Presocratics Reader (Second Edition)

    Edited, with Introduction, by Patricia Curd
    Translations by Richard D. McKirahan and Patricia Curd

    A Presocratics Reader (Second Edition)

    "Curd and McKirahan's A Presocratics Reader is by far the best sourcebook for the Presocratics I've ever used in forty years of teaching ancient philosophy. Pieces I used to have to translate myself, such as the Dissoi Logoi, and Gorgias' Encomium of Helen, are included in the text, in much more skilled translation. The enlarged 2nd edition made a good book better."
         —Samuel C. Wheeler III, University of Connecticut

  6. A Primer of Greek Grammar

    Evelyn Abbott & Edwin Mansfield

    A Primer of Greek Grammar

    This is a reprint of a classic primer that introduces the complete range of Greek grammar through short explanations and grammatical examples and includes both accidence and syntax.

  7. A Student Handbook of Greek and English Grammar

    Robert Mondi and Peter L. Corrigan

    A Student Handbook of Greek and English Grammar

    A Student Handbook of Greek and English Grammar offers a student-friendly comparative exposition of English and ancient Greek grammatical principles that will prove a valuable supplement to a wide range of beginning Greek textbooks as well as a handy reference for those continuing on to upper-level courses.

  8. A Student Handbook of Latin and English Grammar

    Peter L. Corrigan and Robert Mondi

    A Student Handbook of Latin and English Grammar

    A Student Handbook of Latin and English Grammar offers a student-friendly comparative exposition of English and Latin grammatical principles that will prove a valuable supplement to a wide range of beginning Latin textbooks as well as a handy reference for those continuing on to upper-level courses.

  9. Acharnians (Second Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Jeffrey Henderson

    Acharnians (Second Edition)

    "Henderson has a real gift for capturing Aristophanes' voice, and does not hesitate to leap totally over the top, just like his author."
          —New England Classical Journal

  10. Acharnians, Lysistrata, Clouds

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Jeffrey Henderson

    Acharnians, Lysistrata, Clouds

    Three of Aristophanes' greatest comedies available in one volume by one of the most important scholars and translators of Greek comedy. Each of these plays is also sold separately, available from Focus in a single play edition.

  11. Achilleid

    Translated by Stanley Lombardo
    Introduction by Peter Heslin


    "One of the most entertaining short narratives of all time, the Achilleid is a stand-alone work of compelling contemporary interest that moves with great rapidity and clarity. Its compact narrative, which encompasses a brutish childhood, an overprotective mother, temporary gender bending, sexual violence, and a final coming to manhood with the promise of future military prowess, may be unparalleled in a single narrative of such brevity. . . . Until now, however, it has been virtually impossible to get a sense of the work if one did not know Latin—recent translations notwithstanding. Stanley Lombardo’s translation of the Achilleid is a dream: it’s sound, enthralling, and will fully engage readers with this enticing, perplexing, at times distressing, but ultimately rewarding work."
        —Marjorie Curry Woods, The University of Texas at Austin

  12. Acts of The Apostles
  13. Aeneid

    Translated by Stanley Lombardo
    Introduction by W. R. Johnson


    "Crisp, idiomatic, and precise, this is a translation for our era. The list of further reading, grounded in the writings of W.R. Johnson (who also wrote the Introduction) and Michael C. J. Putnam, suggests the context that informs the translation: here, as the translator says in the Preface, you will find an Aeneid that works more in the shadows than in the light. . . . This translation would be excellent for classroom use: not only would it incite fascinating discussions about issues of war and empire, but it also reads well aloud. . . . Together with Johnson's Introduction, this volume offers the Aeneid in terms that will resonate strongly with the general reader of today." —Sarah Spence, New England Classical Journal 

    "Adapting words of the ancient critic Longinus, [Lombardo] refers to the intense light of noon of the Iliad, the magical glow of the setting sun in the Odyssey, and the chiaroscuro of the Aeneid, a darkness visible. This latter phrase is the title of a famous interpretation of the Aeneid by W. R. Johnson, who contributes a splendid essay to the translation. Whether recited or read, the present volume stands as another fine performance on Lombardo's part. Summing up: Highly recommended." 
    —C. Fantazzi, CHOICE

    "Lombardo...tends to let Virgil be Virgil, and so avoids imposing unwarranted interpretation on the unwary reader. . . . [W.R. Johnson's] introduction is masterful and illuminating." —Hayden Pelliccia, The New York Review of Books


  14. Aeneid, A Prose Translation

    Edited and Translated by Richard Caldwell

    Aeneid, A Prose Translation

    An exciting prose translation of the epic poem, beautifully illustrated by Merle Mianelli Poulton, with all the right pedagogical apparatus to make reading this important work a joy for any modern college or high school student. The text is complete with notes, introductory essay, glossary, and an appendix detailing the tabulation of the gods.

  15. Aeneid: Book 1

    Edited by Randall T. Ganiban

    Aeneid: Book 1

    "The new Vergil commentaries from Focus are an exciting resource for almost anyone reading the Aeneid in Latin. . . . The editors recognize that developing core reading skills and involving students in the interpretive questions raised by the poem are not separate objectives. This recognition has resulted in commentaries that enticingly present basic information in a wider setting of observation and enquiry. . . . All in all, the Focus series balances simplicity and subtlety, reminding students at all levels that increasing technical precision and stretching one's interpretive curiosity are—fundamentally—one endeavor."
         —Antonia Syson, Purdue University, in Teaching Classical Languages (CAMWS)

  16. Aeneid: Book 2

    Edited by Randall T. Ganiban

    Aeneid: Book 2

    "His introductory commentary on book II of the Aeneid, designed for students starting from an intermediate knowledge of Latin, offers the essential tools for a full understanding, correct translation, and appropriate interpretation of Vergil’s text."
         —Beatrice Larosa, Università della Calabria, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  17. Aeneid: Book 3

    Edited by Christine Perkell

    Aeneid: Book 3

    "This commentary combines grammatical assistance with analysis of the text in ways which make reading easier and encourage interpretation. It also introduces current debates in Virgilian scholarship clearly and helpfully, and promotes and provides guidance for further reading. Perkell has provided valuable support for those wishing to teach Aeneid 3 at an intermediate level, and I look forward to the other volumes in this series."
         —Anne Rogerson, University of Sydney, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  18. Aeneid: Book 4

    Edited by James J. O'Hara

    Aeneid: Book 4

    "The commentary itself is a gem, and students and teachers of Aeneid 4 alike will be very grateful to James O’Hara for the excellent job he has done to balance comments that help with translation and comprehension alongside those that allow students to engage with current scholarly debates about the interpretation of the Aeneid, as well as with Virgil's literary, philosophical and cultural contexts. . . . In conclusion, this is an engaging, learned and extremely useful commentary. It is well-directed to its intended audience of intermediate students but is also a useful resource for more advanced readers, particularly those wanting insight into the current state of scholarship on the Aeneid and significant recent debates about Book 4. It is lucid and well edited, and I highly recommend it."
         —Anne Rogerson, University of Sydney, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  19. Aeneid: Book 5

    Edited by Joseph Farrell

    Aeneid: Book 5

    Aeneid: Book 5, part of the the Focus Vergil Aeneid commentaries series, includes an introduction, Latin-language text, commentary, and other student materials. It is designed for the intermediate Latin-language student in upper division courses teaching the Aeneid in departments of Classics or Latin Language.

  20. Aeneid: Book 6

    Edited by Patricia Johnston

    Aeneid: Book 6

    "This is an admirable commentary, with Latin text, vocabulary, and appendix on Vergil’s meter, offering students of Vergil at the intermediate level or higher succinct grammatical, stylistic, and contextual help towards a rich understanding of the poet’s profound portrayal of Aeneas’ descent into the lower world. It is prefaced by an enticing introduction to the role played by this book in the narrative of the epic as a whole, and sections of the commentary have bibliographical references for further reading."
         —Raymond J. Clark, University of Ottawa, Canada

  21. Aeneid: Book 8

    Edited by James J. O'Hara

    Aeneid: Book 8

    Series: The Focus Vergil Aeneid Commentaries

    Vergil: Aeneid 8 is part of a new series of commentaries on the Aeneid. Each volume adapts with extensive revisions and additions the commentaries of T. E. Page (1884, 1900), and is edited by a scholar of Roman epic. The present volume offers the Latin text of Book 8 along with maps, extensive notes, and commentary designed to meet the needs of intermediate students of Latin.

    "[F]or accessibility, affordability, and portability, O’Hara's commentary is hard to beat. I fully intend to use it when I next teach Aeneid 8 in my advanced Latin class, and I can heartily recommend that others do too."  —Brian P. Loar, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  22. Aeneid: Books 1–6

    General Editor: Randall Ganiban; Contributing Editors: Christine Perkell, James J. O'Hara, Joseph Farrell, and Patricia A. Johnston

    Aeneid: Books 1–6

    Vergil, Aeneid Books 1–6 is the first of a two-volume commentary on Vergil's epic designed specifically for today’s Latin students. These editions navigate the complexities of Vergil’s text and elucidate the stylistic and interpretive issues that enhance and sustain appreciation of the Aeneid. Editions of individual books of the Aeneid with expanded comments and vocabulary are also available from Hackett.

  23. Agricola, Germany, and Dialogue on Orators

    Translated, with Introduction, by Herbert W. Benario

    Agricola, Germany, and Dialogue on Orators

    This volume provides three short works of Tacitus: Agricola—the fullest ancient account of Rome's conquest of Britain and of the public career of a senator in the service of a Roman emperor—Germany, a valuable source on the ancient land and its people, and Dialogue on Orators, an examination in the tradition of Cicero's rhetorical essays of the decline of oratory in Rome's early empire. Together, these works illuminate an important phase in Tacitus' development as Rome's foremost historian.

  24. Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus

    Translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien
    Introduction and Notes by Robin Mitchell-Boyask

    Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus

    This new volume of three of Euripides' most celebrated plays offers graceful, economical, metrical translations that convey the wide range of effects of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its dialogue to the high formality of its choral odes.

    "Many scholars translate the works of Euripides as they should be, but Diane Arnson Svarlien translates them as they are. . . . Arnson Svarlien shows admirable modesty and restraint in avoiding . . . pitfalls, and makes choices that reveal the meaning of the text she is translating with the least imposition of her own personality.  The ambiguity of Euripides is transmitted to us but not imposed on us by [her] translation. . . . The translations are both readable and playable." —Edmond Chibeau, New England Theatre Journal 

  25. Alexander The Great

    Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius
    Edited, with Introduction, by James Romm; Translated by Pamela Mensch and James Romm

    Alexander The Great

    Comprising relevant selections from the four ancient writers whose portraits of Alexander the Great still survive—Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius—this volume provides a complete narrative of the important events in Alexander's life. The Introduction sets these works in historical context, stretching from the conclusion of the Peloponnesian War through Alexander's conquest of Asia, and provides an assessment of Alexander's historical importance as well as a survey of the central controversies surrounding his personality, aims and intentions. This edition includes a timeline, maps, a bibliography, a glossary, and an index.

  26. Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar

    Anne Mahoney

    Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar

    Based on the 1903 edition, this attractive, newly typeset reprint of the classic work in Latin Grammar has some updating of the material on meter. The key system widely used to reference grammar in numerous Latin texts has been retained. Available in hardcover or paperback.

  27. Amphitryo

    Text and Commentary by Anne Mahoney


    A thorough and modern commentary on Plautus' classic comedy Amphitryo, including the 15th-century supplement for the lost scenes. With vocabulary and brief notes on meter.

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    C. A. E. Luschnig
    Revised by C.A.E. Luschnig & Deborah Mitchell

    An Introduction to Ancient Greek (Second Edition)

    C.A.E. Luschnig's An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach prepares students to read Greek in less than a year by presenting basic traditional grammar without frills and by introducing real Greek written by ancient Greeks, from the first day of study. The second edition retains all the features of the first but is more streamlined, easier on the eyes, more gender-inclusive, and altogether more 21st century. It is supported by a Web site for teachers and learners at

  29. An Introduction to Plato's Laws

    R. F. Stalley

    An Introduction to Plato's Laws

    Reading the Republic without reference to the less familiar Laws can lead to a distorted view of Plato's political theory.  In the Republic the philosopher describes his ideal city; in his last and longest work he deals with the more detailed considerations involved in setting up a second-best 'practical utopia.'  The relative neglect of the Laws has stemmed largely from the obscurity of its style and the apparent chaos of its organization so that, although good translations now exist, students of philosophy and political science still find the text inaccessible. This first full-length philosophical introduction to the Laws will therefore prove invaluable.

  30. An Ovid Reader

    Edited by Ed DeHoratius

    An Ovid Reader

    Geared toward the advanced high school or intermediate college Latin student, An Ovid Reader covers a selection of works by the great Roman poet Ovid. Passages from Amores and Metamorphoses are arranged in ways that connect for the reader, and innovative discussion questions prompt thoughtful insights into the tales.

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    Charles H. Kahn

    Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology

    Through criticism and analysis of ancient traditions, Kahn reconstructs the pattern of Anaximander’s thought using historical methods akin to the reconstructive techniques of comparative linguists.

  32. Ancient Rome

    Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Christopher Francese and R. Scott Smith

    Ancient Rome

    "Terrific . . . exactly the sort of collection we have long needed: one offering a wide range of texts, both literary and documentary, and that—with the inclusion of Sulpicia and Perpetua—allows students to hear the voices of actual women from the ancient world. The translations themselves are fluid; the inclusion of long extracts allows students to sink their teeth into material in ways not possible with traditional source books. The anonymous texts, inscriptions, and other non-literary material topically arranged in the 'Documentary' section will enable students to see how the documentary evidence supplements or undermines the views advanced in the literary texts. This is a book that should be of great use to anyone teaching a survey of the history of Ancient Rome or a Roman Civilization course. I look forward to teaching with this book which is, I think, the best source book I have seen for the way we teach these days."
         —David Potter, University of Michigan

  33. Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women

    Translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien
    Introduction and Notes by Ruth Scodel

    Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women

    Diane Arnson Svarlien’s translation of Euripides’ Andromache, Hecuba, and Trojan Women exhibits the same scholarly and poetic standards that have won praise for her Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus. Ruth Scodel’s Introduction examines the cultural and political context in which Euripides wrote, and provides analysis of the themes, structure, and characters of the plays included. Her notes offer expert guidance to readers encountering these works for the first time.

  34. Annals

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by A. J. Woodman


    "An elegant addition to Tacitean scholarship. . . . The appendices are comprehensive and extremely useful for students, covering political and military terms that are cross-referenced to the text, the deployment of the army which can be confusing in the Annals, Rome, geographical and tribal names, and maps as well as a good index of names. . . . This translation has many eminently practical features, including clear layout, the use of footnotes, and numbering of the text. . . . The Introduction is very accessible and, coupled with the text, will be very useful for students." 
        —Alisdair Gibson, Journal of Classics Teaching

  35. Anonymous Life of Aesop
  36. Anthology of Classical Myth (Second Edition)

    Edited and Translated by Stephen M. Trzaskoma, R. Scott Smith, and Stephen Brunet, with an Appendix on Linear B Sources by Thomas G. Palaima

    Anthology of Classical Myth (Second Edition)

    This new edition of Anthology of Classical Myth offers selections from key Near Eastern texts—the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic of Creation (Enuma Elish), and Atrahasis; the Hittite Song of Emergence; and the flood story from the book of Genesis—thereby enabling students to explore the many similarities between ancient Greek and Mesopotamian mythology and enhancing its reputation as the best and most complete collection of its kind. Click here to see the full Table of Contents (PDF) for Anthology of Classical Myth (Second Edition).

  37. Antigone (Blondell Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction and Essay, by Ruby Blondell

    Antigone (Blondell Edition)

    "In her new translation of Antigone, Ruby Blondell demonstrates an unswerving sense of what the general reader needs to know in order not only to understand Sophocles, but to relish him as well… My own students have found that this edition not only makes the Antigone accessible, but also helps them understand why it continues to fascinate, to disturb, and to grip its readers century by century." —John T. Kirby, Comparative Literature, Purdue University

  38. Antigone (Woodruff Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Paul Woodruff

    Antigone (Woodruff Edition)

    "A lucid, well-paced translation, natural enough sounding in the dialogue to make a good acting version, and remarkably successful in making the choruses clear, lyrical, and yet part of the dramatic movement. Woodruff’s rendering of the choruses especially impresses me by the way he manages to render complex syntax and imagery of the original—often tangled and occasionally obscure in its allusiveness—into clear and genuinely poetic English." —Joseph Russo, Haverford College

  39. Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae

    Apollodorus & Hyginus
    Translated, with Introduction, by Stephen M. Trzaskoma & R. Scott Smith

    Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae

    "To refer to this volume as just a translation is misleading, because Smith and Trzaskoma have provided much more, most notably the best short introduction to ancient mythography—and these particular authors—available in English. . . . The translations themselves are clear and accurate.  [An] admirable volume.  Smith and Trzaskoma are to be commended."
         —Kris Fletcher, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

  40. Apollonius Rhodius Argonautika, Book 3
  41. Apologies

    Plato & Xenophon
    Translated, with Introduction and Glossary, by Mark Kremer


    "Kremer's is an attractive text because of its combination of simplicity and strong delivery, and this is true regarding his translation and his interpretive essay alike. He has striven for a scrupulous accuracy in his translation, and he has achieved this without sacrificing readability or neglecting the distinctive tone of Plato and Xenophon."
         —Norma Thompson, Yale University

  42. Apuleius Metamorphoses Book 3
  43. Archaic Latin Verse

    Mario Erasmo

    Archaic Latin Verse

    Archaic Latin Verse offers text and commentary of the earliest surviving Latin work including selections from oral verse, Livius, Naevius, Ennius, and others (Caecilius, Accius, Pacuvius, and Lucilius). For 3rd or 4th year college Latin literature survey courses that incorporate source material in Latin.

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    Translated, with Notes, by Peter Meineck
    Introduction by Ian C. Storey

    Aristophanes 1: Clouds, Wasps, Birds

    Originally adapted for the stage, Peter Meineck’s revised translations achieve a level of fidelity appropriate for classroom use while managing to preserve the wit and energy that led The New Yorker to judge his Clouds “The best Greek drama we’ve ever seen anywhere,” and The Times Literary Supplement to describe his Wasps as “Hugely enjoyable and very, very funny.” A general Introduction, introductions to the plays, and detailed notes on staging, history, religious practice and myth combine to make this a remarkably useful teaching text.

  45. Aristophanes Acharnians
  46. Aristophanes Birds
  47. Aristophanes Clouds
  48. Aristophanes Lysistrata
  49. Aristophanes Plutus
  50. Aristophanes Thesmophoriazusae

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