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Ovid's Erotic Poems: "Amores" and "Ars Amatoria"

by Ovid, Len Krisak & Sarah Ruden

Translated by award-winning poet Len Krisak, Ovid's Erotic Poems offers a fresh modern take on the renowned Roman's sophisticated satirical verse on love, sex, marriage, and adultery.


Poems of the Elder Edda

by Patricia Terry & Charles W. Dunn

A revised edition of Terry's classic Poems of the Vikings, long out of print. This edition has a new preface, updated references, and expanded notes and glossary. The translation itself has been extensively...


The Koran: Selected Suras

by Arthur Jeffery

Sacred scripture of Islam: Mohammed's revelations concerning the omniscience and majesty of God, death and judgment, the proper conduct of the faithful, previous prophets, kindness to orphans, more.


Politics

by Aristotle

Intellectually stimulating work describes the ideal state and ponders how it can bring about the most desirable life for its citizens. Famed Jowett translation of Aristotle's masterwork.


Nicomachean Ethics

by Aristotle

Enduringly profound treatise, whose lasting effect on Western philosophy continues to resonate. Aristotle identifies the goal of life as happiness and discusses its attainment through the contemplation of philosophic...


The Confessions of St. Augustine

by St. Augustine

Influential work recalls author's mid-4th-century origins in rural Algeria; lavish lifestyle in Milan; his struggle with sexual desires; eventual renunciation of secular ambitions and marriage; and recovery...


Symposium and Phaedrus

by Plato

Two important dialogues offer crucial insights into Platonic doctrine. Symposium deals with ultimate manifestation of love, eternal beauty. Phaedrus discusses psychology of love, "forms" as objects of transcendental...


Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada

by F. Max Muller

A compelling introduction to Buddhist thought, revealing the Four Truths and the Eightfold Path to enlightenment, the means by which to overcome essential suffering.


The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas A Kempis, Aloysius Croft & Harold Bolton

This religious classic has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Written in a candid and conversational style, the topics include liberation from worldly inclinations, preparation and...


The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues

by Plato

Among the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought: the dialogues entitled Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. Translations by distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett.


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the 2nd century. Recognizing that suffering...


The Republic

by Plato

Influential philosophical treatise of 4th century BC chiefly concerns the idea of justice, plus Platonic theories of ideas, criticism of poetry, philosopher's role. Source of the cave myth. Jowett translation....


Poetics

by Aristotle

Extraordinarily influential treatise on fine art contains seminal ideas on nature of drama, tragedy, poetry, music and more. Catharsis, tragic flaw, unities of time and place, other concepts.


Fighting Words and Feuding Words: Anger and the Homeric Poems

by Thomas R. Walsh

Fighting Words and Feuding Words engages the powerful tools of Homeric poetic analysis and the anthropological study of emotion in an analysis of two anger terms highlighted in the Iliad by the Achaean prophet...


Four Faces of Anger: Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Cassian, and Augustine

by Gertrude Gillette

This book brings to the modern age wisdom on the topic of anger by four ancient authors: Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Cassian, and Augustine. These authors broadly represent the classic views on anger and focus...


Saadi Shirazi's Scroll of Wisdom

by Arthur Naylor Wollaston

Abu-Muhammad Muslih Al-Din bin Abdallah Shirazi, better known by his pen-name Saadi, or Saadi of Shiraz (Saadi Shirazi), was the major Persian poet and prose writer during the Middle Age. He is widely recognized...


Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness is a story within a story, or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts, from dusk through to late night, his adventure into the Congo to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the...


Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Pride And Prejudice is about the story of Mrs. Bennet's attempts to marry off her five daughters is one of the best-loved and most enduring classics in English literature. Excitement fizzes through the Bennet...


Lady Susan

by Jane Austen

This book is about Lady Susan who is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best possible husband while maintaining a relationship with a married man. She subverts all the standards of the romantic...


Dubliners

by James Joyce

This book, Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce. The fifteen stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years...