Multcolib Research Picks: Ancient Greece & Rome classics. Histories, poetry, philosophy

The Landmark Herodotus
The Landmark Herodotus The Histories By Herodotus (Book - 2007 ) 888 H559L 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cicero called Herodotus the father of history. Compelled by his desire to 'prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time,' Herotodus recounts the incidents preceding and following the Persian Wars. He gives us much more than military history, though, providing the fullest portrait of the classical world of the 5th and 6th centuries. (440 B.C.)

History of the Peloponnesian War
History of the Peloponnesian War By Thucydides (Book - 1972 ) 938.05 T532hw 1972 Available in some locations

Annotation:This detailed contemporary account of the conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 B.C. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this exhaustively factual record of the disastrous conflict that eventually ended the Athenian empire. (431–411 B.C.)

The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika A New Translation By Xenophon (Book - 2009 ) 938.06 X5L 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Xenophon’s Hellenika is the primary source for the events of the final seven years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War. Hellenika covers the years between 411 and 362 B.C., a particularly dramatic period during which the alliances among Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Persia were in constant flux. Together with the volumes of Herodotus and Thucydides, it completes an ancient narrative of the military and political history of classical Greece. (Xenophon 431-354 B.C.)

The Early History of Rome
The Early History of Rome Books I-V of The History of Rome From Its Foundations By Livy (Book - 2002 ) 937.01 L788e 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Livy's only extant work is part of his history of Rome from the foundation of the city to 9 BC. In splendid style Livy, a man of wide sympathies and proud of Rome's past, presented an uncritical but clear and living narrative of the rise of Rome to greatness. (17 A.D.?)

The Annals of Imperial Rome
The Annals of Imperial Rome By Tacitus, Cornelius (Book - 1996 ) 878 T118an 1996 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:One of the most important historical records from classical antiquity, The Annals of Imperial Rome chronicles the history of the Roman Empire from the reign of Tiberius beginning in 14 A.D. to the reign of Nero ending in 66 A.D. Written by Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator during the second century A.D., it is a detailed first-hand account of the early Roman Empire.” (109 A.D.?)

Plutarch's Lives
Plutarch's Lives By Plutarch (Book - 2001 ) 920 P73 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Plutarch compared the lives of a series of Greek and Roman leaders with the purpose of contrasting moral character. It is a mixture of legendary and real history which also tells many stories and shows elements of ancient Greek and Roman political life, culture and religious beliefs. (Plutarch, 46–120 A.D.)

If Not, Winter
If Not, Winter Fragments of Sappho By Sappho (Book - 2002 ) 884.01 S241i 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:"In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric or, to use Sappho's words, as 'thin fire racing under skin.' "(630 B.C.?–570 B.C.?)

The Eclogues of Virgil
The Eclogues of Virgil A Translation By Virgil (Book - 1999 ) 873.01 V816ef 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:"These songs made a world; it is a world all the more beautiful for being vulnerab1e to the intrusions of power and of natural calamity and loss. The Eclogues of Virgil gave definitive form to the pastoral mode, and these magically beautiful poems, so influential in so much subsequent literature, perhaps best exemplify what pastoral can do." (Virgil, 70–19 B.C.)

The Georgics of Virgil
The Georgics of Virgil A Translation By Virgil (Book - 2005 ) 873 V816gf 2005 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:"The Georgics celebrates crops, trees, and animals and, above all, the human beings who care for them. It takes the form of teaching about this care: the tilling of fields, the tending of vines, the raising of cattle and bees. There's joy in the detail of Virgil's descriptions of work well done, and ecstatic joy in his praise of the very life of things, and passionate commiseration too, because of the vulnerability of men and all other creatures to what they have to contend with: storms, and plagues, and wars, and all mischance." And all this is with a touch of mythology. (Virgil, 70–19 B.C.)

The Complete Odes and Epodes
The Complete Odes and Epodes By Horace (Book - 2000 ) 874.01 H811c 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:”Horace is one of the most important and brilliant poets of the Augustan Age of Latin literature whose influence on European literature is unparalleled. Steeped in allusion to contemporary affairs, Horace's verse is best read in terms of his changing relationship to the public sphere. While the Odes are subtle and allusive, the Epodes are robust and coarse in their celebrations of sex and tirades against political leaders. (Horace 65-8 B.C.)

The Art of Love
The Art of Love By Ovid (Book - 2002 ) 871.01 O96aL 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Ovid, the author of the groundbreaking epic poem Metamorphoses, came under severe criticism for The Art of Love, which playfully instructed women in the art of seduction and men in the skills essential for mastering the art of romantic conquest." (1 B.C.–1 A.D.)

The Erotic Poems
The Erotic Poems By Ovid (Book - 1982 ) 871.01 O96ep 1982 Available in some locations

Annotation:Includes The Amores, The Art of Love, Cures for Love and On Facial Treatment for Ladies. (1 B.C.–1 A.D.)

The Trial and Death of Socrates
The Trial and Death of Socrates Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene From Phaedo By Plato (Book - 2000 ) 184 P718t 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Remains a powerful document partly because it was a true - perhaps in certain parts verbatim - account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history." (399 B.C.)

Republic By Plato (Book - 2008 ) 888 P718rwa 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:"The 20th century philosopher A.N. Whitehead famously said that "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato," and among Plato's works, the Republic stands out as the most all–encompassing: Plato addresses just about every area of philosophy. It's all here: justice, poetry and art, education, religion, the soul, pleasure, desire, love, sex, marriage, death, mathematics, truth, knowledge, appearance vs. reality, political and social systems, and more." Annotation by Professor Paul Hovda. (ca. 380 B.C.)

The Symposium
The Symposium By Plato (Book - 2006 ) 184 P718sy 2006

Annotation:"In his celebrated masterpiece Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests--including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato's mentor Socrates--each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that love is our means of trying to attain goodness, and a brilliant sketch of Socrates himself by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time." (385 B.C.?)

On the Nature of Things
On the Nature of Things By Lucretius Carus, Titus (Book - 2003 ) 871 L942oen 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:As an Epicurean, Lucretius argues with philosophic clarity and poetic power "against fear of the gods by demonstrating through observations and logical argument that the operations of the world can be accounted for entirely in terms of natural phenomena, the regular but purposeless motions and interactions of tiny atoms in empty space, instead of in terms of the will of the gods." (First century B.C.)

Meditations By Marcus Aurelius (Book - 2006 ) 188 M322m 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:"The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus embodied in his person that deeply cherished, ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. His Meditations are not only one of the most important expressions of the Stoic philosophy of his time but also an enduringly inspiring guide to living a good and just life. Written in moments snatched from military campaigns and the rigors of politics, these ethical and spiritual reflections reveal a mind of exceptional clarity and originality, and a spirit attuned to both the particulars of human destiny and the vast patterns that underlie it." (Emperor of Rome, 121–180 A.D.)

Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables (Book - 2008 ) 888 A254g 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation: “Aesop was probably a prisoner of war, sold into slavery in the early sixth century BC, who represented his masters in court and negotiations and relied on animal stories to put across his key points. Such fables vividly reveal the strange superstitions of ordinary ancient Greeks, how they treated their pets, how they spoilt their sons and even what they kept in their larders.” (Aesop, 620–560 B.C.)

Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature
Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature (Book - 1998 ) 880.8 A628 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:"We tend to think of the Classics as defined almost purely by venerable authors like Homer, Virgil, and Plato; this anthology provides fascinating and entertaining antidotes to this tradition, revealing a more humorous, fantastic, and superstitious side to the Greeks." Annotation by Professor Sonia Sabnis.

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