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The Homeric Hymns

by Diane J. Rayor

The Homeric Hymns have survived for two and a half millennia because of their captivating stories, beautiful language, and religious significance. Well before the advent of writing in Greece, they were performed...


Fighting Words and Feuding Words

by Thomas R. Walsh

Anger is central to the Homeric epic, but few scholarly interventions have probed HomerOs language beyond the study of the IliadOs first word: menis. Yet Homer uses over a dozen words for anger. Fighting Words...


The Roman Search for Wisdom

by Michael K. Kellogg

The Roman "philosophy of life" as mirrored in the literature of ten outstanding representative authorsThough Rome conquered much of the world and established an empire that lasted more than a millennium, its...


Vaccination Against Smallpox

by Edward Jenner

The once-dreaded scourge of smallpox has been eradicated through barrier immunization. The eminent scientist Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was a pioneer in demonstrating that vaccination was an effective means of...


Seven Hundred Elegant Verses

by Govardhana & Friedhelm Hardy

When Go·várdhana composed his "Seven Hundred Elegant Verses" in Sanskrit in the twelfth century CE, the title suggested that this was a response to the 700 verses in the more demotic Prakrit language traditionally...


Gita Govinda

by Jayadeva & Lee Siegel

Jayadeva’s Gitagovínda is a lyrical account of the illicit springtime love affair of Krishna and Radha, a god and goddess manifesting on earth as a cowherd and milkmaid for the sake of relishing the sweet...


Rakshasa’s Ring

by Vishakha-datta & Michael Coulson

The aristocrat who wrote this vigorous political play eschewed sentimentality in favor of realistic characterization and forceful action. It is 316 BCE, one year after Chandra·gupta Maurya, aided by his subtle...


Stories of Piety and Prayer

by al-Muḥassin ibn ʿAlī al-Tanūkhī & Julia Bray

Uplifting tales from one of the most influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages

One of the most popular and influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages, Deliverance Follows Adversity is an anthology of stories...


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

It was the doctrine of Marcus Aurelius that most of the ills of life come to us from our own imagination, that it was not in the power of others seriously to interfere with the calm, temperate life of an individual,...


Ancient Fragments

by Isaac Preston Cory

First published in 1826, "Ancient Fragments" is compendium of fragments from ancient writers collected and published by the antiquarian and miscellaneous writer Isaac Preston Cory. 

"Ancient Fragments" contains...


The Iliad and the Odyssey

by Homer

The Iliad and the Odyssey are two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. They are among the oldest extant works of Western literature. Set during the Trojan War, the ILIAD tells of the battles and...


Sophocles: Antigone and other Tragedies

by Sophocles & Oliver Taplin

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, and one of the most influential on artists and thinkers over the centuries. His plays are deeply disturbing and unpredictable, unrelenting and...


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

A MORAL BATTLE CRY FOR FREEDOM TO THE WORLD

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, is an abolitionist novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It achieved wide popularity, particularly among white readers in the...


The Iliad

by Homer

The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles....


The Odyssey

by Homer

"From some points of view it is impossible to take the Odyssey seriously enough; from others, it is impossible to take it seriously at all; but from which ever point of view it be regarded, its beauty is alike...


On the Nature of Things

by Lucretius

"Nothing can be produced from nothing"

Lucretius was the first writer known to introduce Roman readers to Epicurean philosophy. De Rerum Natura, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided into six...


Fragments of the Lost Writings of Proclus

by Thomas Taylor

First published in 1825, "Fragments of the Lost Writings of Proclus" is a short book of translations of fragments of Proclus by Thomas Taylor, the English Neoplatonist and translator of Aristotle, Plato and...


Cicero's Catilinarians

by D. H. Berry

The Catilinarians are a set of four speeches that Cicero, while consul in 63 BC, delivered before the senate and the Roman people against the conspirator Catiline and his followers. Or are they? Cicero did not...


Anne's House of Dreams

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

First published in 1917, "Anne's House of Dreams" is the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. 

The novel centres on 25-year-old Anne Shirley, who has just married Gilbert Blythe...


The Noble Quran (?????? ??????) Arabic Edition Colored Version

by Jannah An-Nur Foundation

The Noble Quran (?????? ??????) Arabic Languange Edition Colored Version

The The Noble Quran is the holy book which Muslims recite and turn to for guidance in all aspects of their life. It is the last testament...