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The bethrothed

by Alessandro Manzoni

Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late 1620s, The Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia...


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.


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...


Almayer's Folly: a story of an Eastern river

by Joseph Conrad

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at...


The Fables of Phaedrus

by Phaedrus & P. F. Widdows

Animal fables are said to have originated with Aesop, a semilegendary Samian slave, but the earliest surviving record of the fables comes from the Latin poet Phaedrus, who introduced the new genre to Latin literature....


Gorgias

by Plato

In several of the dialogues of Plato, doubts have arisen among his interpreters as to which of the various subjects discussed in them is the main thesis. The speakers have the freedom of conversation; no severe...


Amorous Games: A Critical Edition of Les Adevineaux Amoureux

by James Woodrow Hassell

Among the more interesting incunabula preserved in the Salle de la Réserve of the Bibliothèque National in Paris are the apparently unique copies of two editions, very similar in content, of a work entitled...


A New Companion to Greek Tragedy (Routledge Revivals)

by Andrew Brown

That the works of the ancient tragedians still have an immediate and profound appeal surely needs no demonstration, yet the modern reader continually stumbles across concepts which are difficult to interpret...


Latin Literature of the Fourth Century (Routledge Revivals)

by J. W. Binns

This volume, offering an insight into the literary world of Rome in the fourth century AD, reflects an increased interest in the writers of the 150 years before the collapse of the Western Empire, who have long...


A Handbook of Greek Literature (Routledge Revivals): From Homer to the Age of Lucian

by H. J. Rose

First published in 1934, this book covers a broad array of ancient Greek literature, taking into account the most acknowledged of the Greek authors as well as those less well known. H. J. Rose presents the latest...


Jaufre (Routledge Revivals): An Occitan Arthurian Romance

by NoContributor

This translation, first published in 1992, presents one of the most memorable medieval ballads, largely because it contains a number of surprises and falsified expectations.

Jaufre, the hero, arrives at the...


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...


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.