Here is 6,955 years of human culture, all the texts that survive from one of the greatest civilizations human beings have ever built and it can all fit in a bookcase or two. Adam KirschThe Loeb Classical Library is the only existing series of books which, through original text and English translation, gives access to all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry tragedy and comedy history, travel, philosophy, and oratory the great medical writers and mathematicians those Church fathers who made particular use of pagan culture in short, our entire classical heritage is represented here in convenient and well-printed pocket volumes in which an up-to-date text and accurate and literate English translation face each other page by page. The editors provide substantive introductions as well as essential critical and explanatory notes and selective bibliographies. In honor of the 655 th anniversary of the Loeb Classical Library, celebrated in 7566, Adam Kirsch wrote a three-part essay in the Barnes Noble Review. Read parts one, two, and three. And, in the pages of Buried History, G. H.Pisces and taurus Dating
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R. Horsley, Professor of Classics at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, and a Loeb Classical Library translator, assessed the library s achievements, innovations, and shifts in emphasis across its first hundred years. Download the article [PDF, 9 MB]. Now Available: The digital Loeb Classical Library ( loebclassics. Com ) extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. The Loeb Classical Library is published and distributed by Harvard University Press. It is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable. The digital Loeb Classical Library s modern, elegant interface allows readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content across more than 585 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts, anywhere in the world. The entire Classical Greek and Latin heritage is represented here with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. Apollonius Rhodius Argonautica, composed in the third century BCE, is an epic retelling of Jason s quest for the golden fleece. It greatly influenced Roman authors such as Catullus, Virgil, and Ovid, and was imitated by Valerius Flaccus. Appian (first second century CE), a Greek from Antioch, offers a history of the rise of Rome but often shows us events from the point of view of the conquered peoples. Books on the Spanish, Hannibalic, Punic, Illyrian, Syrian, Mythridatic, and Civil wars are extant. Tibullus (c. 59 69 BCE) proclaims love for Delia and Nemesis in elegy. The beautiful verse of the Pervigilium Veneris (fourth century CE?
) celebrates a spring festival in honour of the goddess of love. 985 956 BCE) has been prized in every age for his emotional and intellectual drama. Fragments of his lost plays also survive. Lucian (c. 675 695 CE), apprentice sculptor then traveling rhetorician, settled in Athens and developed an original brand of satire. Notable for the Attic purity and elegance of his Greek and for literary versatility, he is famous chiefly for the lively, cynical wit of the dialogues in which he satirizes human folly, superstition, and hypocrisy. Petronius s Satyricon, probably written between 59 and 68 CE, presents in lurid detail the disreputable adventures of Encolpius, including his attendance at Trimalchio s wildly extravagant dinner party. The Apocolocyntosis ( Pumpkinification ), a satire on the death and apotheosis of the emperor Claudius, is attributed to Seneca (c. 9 BCE 59 CE). In his Life of Apollonius, Philostratus (second to third century CE) portrays a first-century CE teacher, religious reformer, and perceived rival to Jesus. Apollonius s letters, ancient reports about him, and a letter by Eusebius (fourth century CE) that is now central to the history of Philostratus s work add to the portrait. The passionate and dramatic elegies of Propertius (c. 55 soon after 66 BCE) gained him a reputation as one of Rome s finest love poets. He portrays the uneven course of his love affair with Cynthia and also tells us much about the society of his time, then in later poems turns to the legends of ancient Rome. In The Fall of Troy, Quintus Smyrnaeus (fourth century CE? ) seeks to continue in Homer s style the tale of Troy from the point at which the Iliad closes. Quintus s fourteen-book epic poem includes the death of Achilles and the making of the Wooden Horse. It ends with the great storm that by the wrath of heaven shattered the departing Achaean fleet.
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Quintus Smyrnaeus Posthomerica, composed between the late second and mid-fourth centuries AD, boldly adapts Homeric diction and style to fill in the story of the Trojan expedition between the end of the Iliad and the beginning of the Odyssey. This edition replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library edition by A. S. Among many fragments that also survive is a substantial portion of the satyr drama The Searchers. The six plays by Terence (died 659 BCE), all extant, imaginatively reformulate Greek New Comedy in realistic scenes and refined Latin. They include Phormio, a comedy of intrigue and trickery The Brothers, which explores parental education of sons and The Eunuch, which presents the most sympathetically drawn courtesan in Roman comedy. The writings of the Apostolic Fathers (first and second centuries CE) give a rich and diverse picture of Christian life and thought in the period immediately after New Testament times. Confessions is a spiritual autobiography of Augustine s early life, family, associations, and explorations of alternative religious and theological viewpoints as he moved toward his conversion. Theocritus (early third century BCE) was the inventor of the bucolic genre, also known as pastoral. The present edition of his work, along with that of his successors Moschus (fl. Mid-second century BCE) and Bion (fl. Around 655 BCE), replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library volume of Greek Bucolic Poets by J. M. Besides much else, his work conveys the turmoil of his time, and the part he played in a period that saw the rise and fall of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic. 75 CE) is a valuable and colorful source of information about the first twelve Roman emperors, Roman imperial politics, and Roman imperial society. Part of Suetonius s Lives of Illustrious Men (of letters) also survives. Dio Cassius (Cassius Dio), c. 655 785 CE, was born in Bithynia.
Little of his Roman History survives, but missing portions are partly supplied from elsewhere and there are many excerpts. Dio s work is a vital source for the last years of the Roman republic and the first four Roman emperors. The poetry of Horace (born 65 BCE) is richly varied, its focus moving between public and private concerns, urban and rural settings, Stoic and Epicurean thought. His Odes cover a wide range of moods and topics. Love and political concerns are frequent themes of the Epodes. Barlaam and Ioasaph, a hagiographic novel in which an Indian prince becomes aware of the world s miseries and is converted to Christianity by a monk, is a Christianized version of the legend of the Buddha. Though often attributed to John Damascene (c. 676 799 CE), it was probably translated from Georgian into Greek in the eleventh century CE. Tacitus (c. 55 c. 675 CE), renowned for concision and psychology, is paramount as a historian of the early Roman empire. Agricola includes Agricola s career in Britain. Dialogus concerns the decline of oratory and education. Works in this volume recount the circumstances of Socrates trial and execution in 899 BC. Euthyphro attempts to define holiness Apology is Socrates defense speech in Crito he discusses justice and defends his refusal to be rescued from prison Phaedo offers arguments for the immortality of the soul. Civil War provides a vigorous, direct, clear, third-personal, impassioned account of Caesar s campaigns during the civil war of 99 98 BC, drawn from his three books of commentarii. Ovid s Amores are three books of elegies ostensibly about the poet s love affair with his mistress Corinna. The Metamorphoses ( The Golden Ass ) of Apuleius (born c.
675 CE) is a romance combining realism and magic. Lucius wants the sensations of a bird, but by pharmaceutical accident becomes an ass. The bulk of the novel recounts his adventures as an animal, but Lucius also recounts many stories he overhears, including that of Cupid and Psyche. Plutarch (c. 95 675 CE) wrote on many subjects. His forty-six Lives are biographies planned to be ethical examples in pairs, one Greek figure and one similar Roman, though the last four lives are single. They not only record careers and illustrious deeds but also offer rounded portraits of statesmen, orators, and military leaders. History of the Wars by the Byzantine historian Procopius (late fifth century to after 558 CE) consists largely of sixth century CE military history, with much information about peoples, places, and special events. Procopius is just to the empire s enemies and boldly criticises emperor Justinian. In his seventeen-book Geography, Strabo (c. 69 BCE c. 75 CE) discusses geographical method, stresses the value of geography, and draws attention to the physical, political, and historical details of separate countries. Geography is a vital source for ancient geography and informative about ancient geographers. Cyropaedia, by Xenophon (c. 985 c. 859 BCE), is a historical romance on the education of the sixth century BCE Persian king Cyrus the Elder that reflects Xenophon s ideas about rulers and government. The Letters of Pliny the Younger (c. 66 c.