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Pastoral Inscriptions: Reading and Writing Virgil's Eclogues

by Brian W Breed

Virgil's "Eclogues" represent the introduction of a different genre, pastoral, to Latin literature. This work examines the tension between representations of orality in Virgil's pastoral world and the intense...

Epigrams from the Anthologia Latina: Text,Translation and Commentary

by N.M. Kay

This scholarly edition consists of the Latin text, with translation and detailed commentary, of a sequence of epigrams from the "Anthologia Latina". Although text and interpretation of these pieces present frequent...

Pausanias: Travel Writing in Ancient Greece

by Maria Pretzler

Combines an introduction to Pausanias with fresh perspectives. This book considers the process and influences that shaped the "Periegesis", and maps out its literary and cultural context.

Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece, China and Today

by G.E.R. Lloyd

How were the aims of philosophy and the responsibilities of philosophers conceived in ancient Greece and China? How were the learned elite recruited and controlled; how were their speculations and advice influenced...

The Tragic Idea

by Vassilis Lambropoulos, Paul Cartledge & Susanna Morton Braund

We attribute a tragic quality to many things - works, experiences, values, events - but we forget how modern this idea is. This book traces the rise of the tragic idea from early Romanticism to late Modernism....

Figuratively Speaking: Rhetoric and Culture from Quintilian to the Twin Towers

by Sarah Spence

Although rhetoric is a term often associated with lies, this book takes a polemical look at rhetoric as a purveyor of truth. Its purpose is to focus on one aspect of rhetoric, figurative speech, and to demonstrate...

Greek and Roman Calendars

by Robert Hannah

The smooth functioning of an ordered society depends on the possession of a means of regularising its activities over time. That means is a calendar, and its regularity is a function of how well it models the...

Nation, Empire, Decline: Studies in Rhetorical Continuity from the Romans to the Modern Era

by Nancy Shumate

The overlapping discourses of nationalism and imperialism, along with related ideas of social decline, have been central in 19th and 20th-century Anglo-European views. This book offers four readings of Latin...

Ancient Greek Cosmogony

by Andrew Gregory

Presents an account of ancient Greek theories of the origins of the world. This book covers the period from 800 BC to 600 AD, beginning with myths concerning the creation of the world. It covers the cosmogonies...

The Philosophers of the Ancient World: An A-Z Guide

by Trevor Curnow

Contains information on over 2,300 ancient Western philosophers, from Abammon to Zoticus. Covering the period from the seventh century BC to the seventh century AD, this book summarises the ideas of the major...

Pagan and Christian: Religious Change in Early Medieval Europe

by David Petts

A study of conversion to Christianity in the early medieval world which explores in particular the relationship between archaeology and belief and an attempt to re-centre the 'pagan' as a key element in the...


by Marguerite Johnson

Boudicca (Boadicea), Leader of the Iceni, is synonymous with rebellion and feminine strength, yet what we know of her is often far removed from the time in which she lived and the early authors who first wrote...

Homer: The Iliad

by William Allan

This book offers a clear and stimulating introduction to Homer's Iliad, the greatest poem of Western culture. It discusses central aspects of the work (including the tradition of oral poetry, the style and structure...

Juvenal and the Satiric Genre

by Frederick Jones & David Taylor

Considers Greek and Roman literature primarily in relation to genre and theme. This series also aims to place writer and original addressee in their social context. It is suitable for both scholar and student,...

Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

by Ian Ruffell

Prometheus Bound is a play beloved of revolutionaries, romantics and rebels, with a fierce optimism tempered by an acute awareness of the compromises, dangers and obsessions of political action.

This companion...