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  1. Xenophon's Symposium
  2. Xenophon Constitution of the Athenians
  3. Xenophon Apology
  4. Works and Days & Theogony (Lombardo Edition)

    Hesiod
    Translated by Stanley Lombardo
    Introduction and Notes by Robert Lamberton

    Works and Days & Theogony (Lombardo Edition)

    “This is by far the best rendering of Hesiod’s poems in print. The translation is fully accurate but so readable one doesn’t want to stop; it exactly captures Hesiod’s rustic wisdom, his humour and his cautious pessimism. . . . Clear brief notes and a glossary make this a must for introductory courses: students will love it.”
         —Richard Janko, University College, London

  5. Two Novels from Ancient Greece

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Stephen M. Trzaskoma

    Two Novels from Ancient Greece

    "Since [Chariton's Callirhoe and Xenophon of Ephesos' An Ephesian Story] first found their way into the mainstream of Classics instruction twenty years ago, the need for new translations has become obvious, not only because of the textual and theoretical advances made in the interim, but because of demand for examining them in broader contexts. For both surveys of Greek and Roman literature and courses on the history of prose fiction, that demand has now been elegantly met. Trzaskoma's translation, based on greatly improved Greek texts, shows a sophisticated appreciation of the range in vocabulary and tone within Chariton, and similarities and differences in style between Chariton and Xenophon become easily apparent. . . . The Chariton and Xenophon I thought I knew have become much richer and more compelling texts. Any student of the ancient novel, and any teacher wanting to create more students of the ancient novel, needs to read this book."
         —Joel C. Relihan, Professor of Classics, Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.)

  6. Two Comic Dialogues: Ion and Hippias Major

    Plato
    Translated by Paul Woodruff

    Two Comic Dialogues: Ion and Hippias Major

    Together these two dialogues contain Plato’s most important work on poetry and beauty.

  7. Transition to Attic Greek

    Revised, with additional materials, by Leslie Collins Edwards

    Transition to Attic Greek

    Transition to Attic Greek is a reference for students who need a bridge from Homeric Greek to Attic Greek - a handy reference for aspects of the language that will be unfamiliar to those who have taken an approach to Greek through Homer. 

  8. Timaeus (Zeyl Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Introduction, by Donald J. Zeyl

    Timaeus (Zeyl Edition)

    “Donald Zeyl’s fresh and faithful translation and his lucid, comprehensive commentary will bring the sublime Timaeus to life for contemporary students of cosmology, metaphysics, history of science, and philosophy.”
         —Sarah Broadie, Princeton University

  9. Timaeus (Kalkavage Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Glossary, Appendices, and Introductory Essay, by Peter Kalkavage

    Timaeus (Kalkavage Edition)

    Out of print - replaced by a new second edition -- This is an English translation of Plato's dialogue concerning speculation on the nature of the physical world and human beings. An extensive introduction provides careful insights to the reading of the work, the nature of Platonic dialogue and the cultural background of the Timaeus. Appendices on music, astronomy and geometry further provide guidance to the central thoughts of the dialogue. The glossary provides cross references and discussion for key words in the dialogue, functioning as springboards into the various concepts and ideas that are central to this and other Platonic dialogues and are useful starting points for any classroom discussion or personal thought.

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  10. Thucydides Reader: Annotated Passages from Books I-VIII of the Histories (Second Edition)

    Edited by Blaise Nagy

    Thucydides Reader: Annotated Passages from Books I-VIII of the Histories (Second Edition)

    Annotated and illustrated, Focus Classical Commentary’s Thucydides Reader contains passages from Books I-VIII of the Histories with introductory material, commentary, and grammatical notes for each of the eight books. An easy-to-reference, complete glossary—new to the second edition—is also included. Thucydides Reader is well suited for a course in Intermediate Greek, as well as for secondary school students who want to tackle the works of a popular but challenging author. This book is a standard text for any college course in reading Thucydides in Greek.

  11. Thucydides Book 6
  12. Three Treatises on the Nature of Science

    Galen
    Translated by R. Walzer and M. Frede

    Three Treatises on the Nature of Science

    Includes an introduction, bibliography, On the Sects for Beginners, An Outline of Empiricism, On Medical Experience, an index of the persons mentioned in the text, and an index of the subjects mentioned in the texts.

  13. Three Other Theban Plays

    Aeschylus & Euripides
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Cecelia Eaton Luschnig

    Three Other Theban Plays

    Though now associated mainly with Sophocles’ Theban Plays and Euripides’ Bacchae, the theme of Thebes and its royalty was a favorite of ancient Greek poets, one explored in a now lost epic cycle, as well as several other surviving tragedies. With a rich Introduction that sets three of these plays within the larger contexts of Theban legend and of Greek tragedy in performance, Cecelia Eaton Luschnig’s annotated translation of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes, Euripides’ Suppliants, and Euripides’ Phoenician Women offers a brilliant constellation of less familiar Theban plays—those dealing with the war between Oedipus’ sons, its casualties, and survivors.

  14. Three Comedies

    Aristophanes and Menander
    Translated by Douglass Parker
    Edited, with Introductions and Notes, by Timothy J. Moore

    Three Comedies

    "No one, but no one, ever translated ancient comedy like Douglass Parker, and his death left a chasm in the landscape. This posthumous publication of three of Greek theatre's wildest plays, edited and presented by a scholar as eminent and learned as Timothy Moore, is not just something to welcome, it is something to celebrate."
         —William Levitan, Grand Valley State University

  15. Theophrastus Characters
  16. Theogony & Works and Days (Caldwell & Nelson Edition)

    Hesiod
    Translated, with Introductions, by Richard Caldwell and Stephanie Nelson

    Theogony & Works and Days (Caldwell & Nelson Edition)

    This edition includes an annotated translation, by Richard Caldwell, of Hesiod’s Theogony together with annotated translation, by Stephanie Nelson, of Hesiod’s Works & Days. Introductions by the translators are also included, as is an essay by Caldwell entitled “The Psychology of the Succession Myth."

     

  17. Theogony

    Hesiod
    Translated, with Introduction, Commentary, and Interpretative Essay, by Richard Caldwell

    Theogony

    This translation contains an introduction, commentary and interpretive essay and well as numerous notes and annotations to provide the history and background of the epic, and the mythological context in which it is placed. Hesiod's straightforward account of family conflict among the gods is the best and earliest evidence of what the ancient Greeks believed about the beginning of the world. Includes Hesiod's Works and Days, lines 1-201 and the Library of Apollodorus.

  18. Theban Plays (Woodruff & Meineck Edition)

    Sophocles
    Translated by Paul Woodruff and Peter Meineck
    Introduction by Paul Woodruff

    Theban Plays (Woodruff & Meineck Edition)

    This volume offers the fruits of Peter Meineck and Paul Woodruff's dynamic collaboration on the plays of Sophocles' Theban cycle, presenting the translators' Oedipus Tyrannus (2000) along with Woodruff's Antigone (2001) and a muscular new Oedipus at Colonus by Meineck. Grippingly readable, all three translations combine fidelity to the Greek with concision, clarity, and powerful, hard-edged speech. Each play features foot-of-the-page notes, stage directions, and line numbers to the Greek. Woodruff's Introduction discusses the playwright, Athenian theatre and performance, the composition of the plays, and the plots and characters of each; it also offers thoughtful reflections on major critical interpretations of these plays.

  19. Theban Plays (Blondell Edition)

    Sophocles
    Translated, with Introduction and Essay, by Ruby Blondell

    Theban Plays (Blondell Edition)

    This anthology includes English translations of three plays of Sophocles' Oidipous Cycle: Antigone, King Oidipous, and Oidipous at Colonus. The trilogy includes an introductory essay on Sophocles life, ancient theatre, and the mythic and religious background of the plays. Each of these plays is available from Focus in a single play edition. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.

  20. Theaetetus (Williams Edition)

    Plato
    Edited, with Introduction, by Bernard Williams
    Translated by M. J. Levett, revision by Myles Burnyeat

    Theaetetus (Williams Edition)

    M. J. Levett's elegant translation of Theaetetus, first published in 1928, is here revised by Myles Burnyeat to reflect contemporary standards of accuracy while retaining the style, imagery, and idiomatic speech for which the Levett translation is unparalleled. Bernard Williams's concise introduction illuminates the powerful argument of this complex dialogue and illustrates its connections to contemporary metaphysical and epistemological concerns.

  21. Theaetetus (Sachs Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Introductory Essay, by Joe Sachs

    Theaetetus (Sachs Edition)

    "Sachs's outstanding new translation of Plato's Theaetetus is lucid, readable, and faithful to the original. More than that, it is a translation for the thoughtful reader. Through his striking translations of key terms, Sachs compels the reader to think more deeply about Plato's intent. He shows that Plato's return within the dialogue to the same word or to its cognates is no accident but signals a philosophical trope in Plato's thought. The work's introduction avoids presenting a stock summary of the topics covered or a rehearsal of the failed arguments. Instead, it makes the case for regarding the Theaetetus as Plato's 'missing' work on The Philosopher. Through the 'variety of attempts, errors, new beginnings, and false turns that the dialogue presents,' Sachs argues, Socrates provokes his interlocutors and Plato's readers to strive to cross the boundary between mere opinion and the kind of thinking that is philosophy."
         —Roslyn Weiss, Lehigh University

  22. The Worlds of Roman Women

    Ann Raia, Cecelia Luschnig and Judith Lynn

    The Worlds of Roman Women

    The Worlds of Roman Women is a Latin reader on the theme of women in the ancient world for Intermediate Latin students. It contains introductions of each selection, notes, a glossary and an index. A companion website has been designed by the authors to be used in conjunction with the text. Instructor materials are also available online.

  23. The Wars of Justinian

    Prokopios
    Translated by H. B. Dewing; Revised and Modernized, with an Introduction and Notes, by Anthony Kaldellis; Maps and Genealogies by Ian Mladjov

    The Wars of Justinian

    "At last . . . the translation that we have needed for so long: a fresh, lively, readable, and faithful rendering of Prokopios' Wars, which in a single volume will make this fundamental work of late ancient history-writing accessible to a whole new generation of students."
         —Jonathan Conant, Brown University

  24. The Verb 'Be' In Ancient Greek

    Charles H. Kahn

    The Verb 'Be' In Ancient Greek

    “It is great news that this book is available again. It deserves to be better known, both for its pioneering methods of linguistic analysis and for the results to which they lead. It transforms our understanding of the all-important Greek verb ‘to be.’”
         —Myles Burnyeat, All Souls College, University of Oxford

  25. The Trojan Women

    Euripides
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Diskin Clay

    The Trojan Women

    English translation, with introduction, notes and appendices. The Trojan Women is a play on the consequences of war and the fate of those defeated in war and their victors. 

  26. The Trials of Socrates

    Plato, Aristophanes, Xenophon
    Edited by C. D. C. Reeve

    The Trials of Socrates

    Lampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha. Although present-day (like ancient Greek) opinion on "the real Socrates" diverges widely, six classic texts that any informed judgment of him must take into account appear together, for the first time, in this volume. Those of Plato and Xenophon appear in new, previously unpublished translations that combine accuracy, accessibility, and readability; that of Aristophanes' Clouds offers these same qualities in an unbowdlerized translation that captures brilliantly the bite of Aristophanes' wit. An Introduction to each text and judicious footnotes provide crucial background information and important cross-references.

  27. The Trial and Death of Socrates (Third Edition)

    Plato
    Translated by G. M. A. Grube
    Revised by John M. Cooper

    The Trial and Death of Socrates (Third Edition)

    The third edition of The Trial and Death of Socrates presents G. M. A. Grube’s distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with a Select Bibliography.

  28. The Theaetetus of Plato

    Plato
    Translated by M. J. Levett, Revision by Myles Burnyeat
    Introduction to the Theaetetus by Myles Burnyeat

    The Theaetetus of Plato

    “Myles Burnyeat, the Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge, has revised Levett’s translation to catch the charm and wit of the original in modern English, and has written a magnificent introduction and commentary of 250 pages that is lucid, rigorous, fair and un-put-downable.”
         —Philip Howard, The Times (London)

  29. The Tale of Cupid and Psyche

    Apuleius
    Translated, with Introduction, by Joel C. Relihan

    The Tale of Cupid and Psyche

    "Joel Relihan's playful and exuberant translation of Apuleius' Golden Ass has already won admiration for its ability to give an English-reading audience some sense of what it's like to experience this often astonishing writer in the original Latin. By presenting The Tale of Cupid and Psyche with its narrative frame and by supplementing it with key passages from other writers, he here provides the reader with the materials needed for an informed and complex engagement with this text; his carefully nuanced 'Afterthoughts' enrich that process further. This volume will appeal to anyone with interests in myth, religion, and folklore, and will surely find its place in a wide range of courses."
         —James B. Rives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  30. The Stoics Reader

    Translated, with Introduction, by Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson

    The Stoics Reader

    This volume gathers together the most important evidence about Stoic thought surviving from the ancient world. It is an expanded version of the section on Stoicism in Inwood and Gerson's Hellenistic Philosophy, consolidating related texts into larger, more continuous selections, adding material on the skeptical attack on Stoicism, and a short section that introduces the reader to some of the more interesting texts on Stoic ethics from the Roman imperial period.

  31. The Stoics

    F. H. Sandbach

    The Stoics

    “Not only one of the best but also the most comprehensive treatment of Stoicism written in this century.”
         —Times Literary Supplement

  32. The Shorter Homeric Hymns
  33. The Secret History

    Prokopios
    Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Anthony Kaldellis

    The Secret History

    "This translation will be especially useful in undergraduate classes because, in the final section, Kaldellis appends translations of related passages from Prokopios's longer History of the Wars, from Justinian's legislation, and from other sixth-century primary sources.  Students can use these passages to judge for themselves how accurately the Secret History portrayed Justinian's career as well as that of this controversial empress.  Summing up: Essential."
         —T. S. Miller, Salisbury University, in CHOICE

  34. The Roman History

    Velleius Paterculus
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by
    J. C. Yardley and Anthony A. Barrett

    The Roman History

    "[A] well-vetted, well-thought-out, and much overdue updated English translation. It will make Velleius accessible to undergraduates, who previously may have only read Livy, Sallust, or Tacitus. Perhaps the greatest merit of the book is its thorough notation throughout the translation. . . . a necessity for nonspecialist readers."
         —Nikolaus Overtoom, Louisiana State University in H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online

  35. The Presocratics

    Edward Hussey

    The Presocratics

    This comprehensive account of the history of ancient Greek thought circa 600 to 400 B.C. offers an accessible, nontechnical introduction to Presocratic philosophy. Translations of the surviving fragments of Presocratic writings serve as a foundation from which the discussion proceeds. Also included are maps, notes, and an index of names and terms. (Co-published in the U.K. by Gerald Duckworth and Company, Ltd. HPC holds rights in North America and U.S. Dependencies)

  36. The Pinax of Cebes
  37. The People of Plato

    Debra Nails

    The People of Plato

    "A treasure-house of vital information, exhaustively and meticulously researched, presented with clarity and verve. Students of Plato's dialogues—and other Socratic writings—will no longer be frustrated by wading through dispersed and difficult to use scholarly tomes to find out about Meno's family and career or Plato's brothers or uncles or who Thucydides son of Melesias was, and his relation to the historian. With philosophical readers foremost in mind, Nails tells all. From now on, anyone reading Plato will always have this book nearby."
         —John M. Cooper, Princeton University

  38. The Peloponnesian War

    Thucydides
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Steven Lattimore

    The Peloponnesian War

    The first unabridged translation into American English, and the first to take into account the wealth of Thucydidean scholarship of the last half of the twentieth century, Steven Lattimore’s translation sets a new standard for accuracy and reliability. Notes provide information necessary for a fuller understanding of problematic passages, explore their implications as well as the problems they may pose, and shed light on Thucydides as a distinctive literary artist as well as a source for historians and political theorists.

  39. The Original Sceptics

    Edited, with Introduction, by Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede

    The Original Sceptics

    "The Original Sceptics contains a wealth of analysis, argument and philological comment, and it undoubtedly succeeds in making the reader aware of the difficulties involved in discovering what the ancient sceptics really held.”
         —F. C. White, Australasian Journal of Philosophy

  40. Orestes_Plays_PNG

    Euripides
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Cecelia Eaton Luschnig

    The Orestes Plays

    Featuring Cecelia Eaton Luschnig's annotated verse translations of Euripides' Electra, Iphigenia among the Tauri, and Orestes, this volume offers an ideal avenue for exploring the playwright's innovative treatment of both traditional and non-traditional stories concerning a central, fascinating member of the famous House of Atreus.

  41. The Older Sophists

    Rosamond Kent Sprague
    Edited by Rosamond Kent Sprague

    The Older Sophists

    "Will be of interest both to those who know Greek and to those who do not, and, it is hoped, will provide a contribution to the serious study of the sophist movement. . . . Fascinating reading."
         —The Classical Review

  42. The New Politicians Of Fifth-Century Athens

    W. Robert Connor

    The New Politicians Of Fifth-Century Athens

    In this powerful contribution to our understanding of politics in fifth-century Athens, Connor constructs models of Athenian political groupings to explain the rise of the “new politicians,” young men who launched a new kind of democracy by appealing to the citizenry at large. With Pericles as prototype and Cleon as exemplar of the new politician, this engaging work provides an important insight into the politics of Athens at the height of its power.

  43. The Murder of Herodes

    Translated, with Introduction, by Kathleen Freeman

    The Murder of Herodes

    These remarkable documents of Greek social and cultural history include masterpieces of lively narrative and subtle argument prepared by such orators as Lysias, Antiphon, and Demosthenes. The fifteen cases presented represent the first recorded instances of the working of a democratic jury system under a definite code of law aimed at inexpensive and equal justice for all citizens. Issues examined include murder, assault, property damage, embezzlement, contested legacies, illegal marriage, slander, and civil rights. Also provided are comprehensive background chapters on the professions of law and rhetoric in ancient Athens and explanatory notes clarifying the course of each trial.

  44. The Meters of Greek and Latin Poetry

    James W. Halporn, Martin Ostwald, Thomas G. Rosenmeyer

    The Meters of Greek and Latin Poetry

    This reliable text presents a clear and simple outline of Greek and Latin meters in order that the verse of the Greeks and Romans may be read as poetry.

  45. The Meditations

    Marcus Aurelius
    Translated by G. M. A. Grube

    The Meditations

    Includes a translator's Introduction, selected bibliography, note on the text, glossary of technical Terms, and a biographical index.

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    Abelard & Heloise
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by William Levitan
    Selected Songs and Poems Translated by Stanley Lombardo and by Barbara Thorburn

    The Letters and Other Writings

    The most comprehensive compilation of the works of Abelard and Heloise ever presented in a single volume in English, The Letters and Other Writings features an accurate and stylistically faithful new translation of both The Calamities of Peter Abelard and the remarkable letters it sparked between the ill-fated twelfth-century philosopher and his brilliant former student and lover—an exchange whose intellectual passion, formal virtuosity, and psychological drama distinguish it as one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history. Thanks to this edition, Latin-less readers will be better placed than ever to see why this undisputed milestone in the intellectual life of medieval France is also a masterpiece of Western literature.

  47. The Law of Athens, Volume 2 of 2

    A. R. W. Harrison

    The Law of Athens, Volume 2 of 2

    Volume two of a two-volume set. It may be purchased separately or in conjunction with volume one. Both volumes are available in a cloth edition when purchased together as a set. Volume I, completed in 1968, gives a systematic account of classical Athenian law concerning family and property. Volume II, on the law of obligations and of procedure, was unfinished at the time of the author’s death in 1969. The part which concerns procedure was virtually complete and, edited by D. M. MacDowell, appeared in 1971. MacDowell has provided a new Foreword for this edition as well as a select bibliography (from 1967 to the present), which appears in both volumes. Together these distinguished works form the most detailed study of Athenian law in the last half-century.

  48. The Law of Athens, Volume 1 of 2

    A. R. W. Harrison

    The Law of Athens, Volume 1 of 2

    Volume one of a two-volume set. It may be purchased separately or in conjunction with volume two. Volume I, completed in 1968, gives a systematic account of classical Athenian law concerning family and property. Volume II, on the law of obligations and of procedure, was unfinished at the time of the author’s death in 1969. The part which concerns procedure was virtually complete and, edited by D. M. MacDowell, appeared in 1971. MacDowell has provided a new Foreword for this edition as well as a select bibliography (from 1967 to the present), which appears in both volumes. Together these distinguished works form the most detailed study of Athenian law in the last half-century.

  49. The Law of Athens, 2 Volume Set

    A. R. W. Harrison

    The Law of Athens, 2 Volume Set

    Volume I, completed in 1968, gives a systematic account of classical Athenian law concerning family and property. Volume II, on the law of obligations and of procedure, was unfinished at the time of the author’s death in 1969. The part which concerns procedure was virtually complete and, edited by D. M. MacDowell, appeared in 1971. MacDowell has provided a new Foreword for this edition as well as a select bibliography (from 1967 to the present), which appears in both volumes. Together these distinguished works form the most detailed study of Athenian law in the last half-century.

  50. The Homeric Hymn To Hermes

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