Multcolib Research Picks: Ancient Greece & Rome classics. Epics & novels
Annotation:10 years after the end of the Trojan war, Odysseus is adrift at sea, facing mythic dangers beyond measure. Eventually Odysseus returns home and plots the deaths of the violent suitors who are after his wife. (ca. 800 B.C.)
Annotation:The founding myth of the Romans. The story of the hero Aeneas, who escaped after the Trojan war, led a group of Trojans to the Italian peninsula, and with them founded a city that would, centuries later, lead to the founding of Rome. (29?–19 B.C.)
Annotation:(3rd century B.C.) Jason sails the mythic first sea-going ship, the "Argo," in search of the Golden Fleece and encounters amazing adventures and mythic wonders. It is probably the oldest extant Greek myth, and the story precedes the events of The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Annotation:The misadventures a man who is magically transformed into a donkey. This ancient novel is humorous and often bawdy, while depicting social and religious life in the provinces under Roman rule. It includes is the famous story of Cupid and Psyche. (120–180 A.D.?)
Annotation:(8 AD) The Metamorphoses is an epic beginning with the creation of the universe and ending with the world of contemporary Rome. It is Greek and Roman myths that Ovid shapes into a continuous history of gods and humans.
Annotation:The most famous and arguably most artistic (hence the illustrations by Marc Chagall) of all the Greek romances, Daphnis and Chloe combines elements of the pastoral tradition with the plot of star-crossed lovers. (Mid-3rd Century A.D.)
Annotation:This volume includes the highly imaginative "A True History," which is often called the first science fiction and is the first fictional accounts of extraterrestrial life. (125–180 A.D.)
Annotation:In Theogony Hesiod charts the history of the divine world, narrating the origin of the universe and the rise of the gods. In Works and Days Hesiod shifts his attention to the world of men. (ca. 700 B.C.)
Annotation:The Satyricon, is a raucous and witty novel that parodies earlier Greek and Roman epics (especially Homer's Odyssey). It was written during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero (54–68 A.D.), and gives its readers an entertaining and sometimes harrowing glimpse of the shape and vicissitudes of life in southern Italy under the Roman Empire.
Annotation:(1st or 2nd century AD) Possibly the first encyclopedic summary of Greek mythology, attributed to the ancient Greek author Apollodorus. It is our best single source for many myths, including Hercules' (Herakles) famous 12 labors.