Best Ancient & Classical Literary Criticism Books

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1. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Author: by Edith Hamilton
Grand Central Publishing
English
512 pages

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The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes. Edith Hamilton’s mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations.

And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry-from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, Mythology is a classic not to be missed.


2. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition (BLACK DOG & LEV)

Author: by Edith Hamilton
0316438529
Black Dog & Leventhal
English

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This 75th anniversary edition of a classic bestseller is stunningly illustrated and designed to enchant fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology at all ages. Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller.

For more than seven decades readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the enchanting world of mythology – from Odysseus’s adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin’s effort to postpone the final day of doom. This deluxe, hardcover edition is fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned art, making it a true collector’s item.


3. Theogony and Works and Days (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by Hesiod
Oxford University Press
English
112 pages

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This new, fully-annotated translation by a leading expert on Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with readability and includes an introduction and explanatory notes on these two works by one of the oldest known Greek poets. The Theogony contains a systematic genealogy and account of the strugglesof the gods, and the Works and Days offers a compendium of moral and practical advice for a life of honest husbandry.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


4. The Greek Plays: Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides (Modern Library Classics)

Author: by Sophocles
Modern Library
English
864 pages

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A landmark anthology of the masterpieces of Greek drama, featuring all-new, highly accessible translations of some of the world’s most beloved plays, including Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Bacchae, Electra, Medea, Antigone, and Oedipus the KingFeaturing translations by Emily Wilson, Frank Nisetich, Sarah Ruden, Rachel Kitzinger, Mary Lefkowitz, and James Romm The great plays of Ancient Greece are among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world.

Not only is the influence of Greek drama palpable in everything from Shakespeare to modern television, the insights contained in Greek tragedy have shaped our perceptions of the nature of human life. Poets, philosophers, and politicians have long borrowed and adapted the ideas and language of Greek drama to help them make sense of their own times.

This exciting curated anthology features a cross section of the most popularand most widely taughtplays in the Greek canon. Fresh translations into contemporary English breathe new life into the texts while capturing, as faithfully as possible, their original meaning. This outstanding collection also offers short biographies of the playwrights, enlightening and clarifying introductions to the plays, and helpful annotations at the bottom of each page.


5. The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

Author: by Aeschylus
Penguin Classics
English
336 pages

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In the Oresteia Aeschylus addressed the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. As they move from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, their spirit of struggle and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration.

In Agamemnon, a king’s decision to sacrifice his daughter and turn the tide of war inflicts lasting damage on his family, culminating in a terrible act of retribution; The Libation Bearers deals with the aftermath of Clytemnestra’s regicide, as her son Orestes sets out to avenge his father’s death; and in The Eumenides, Orestes is tormented by supernatural powers that can never be appeased.

Forming an elegant and subtle discourse on the emergence of Athenian democracy out of a period of chaos and destruction, The Oresteia is a compelling tragedy of the tensions between our obligations to our families and the laws that bind us together as a society.

The only trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus’ The Oresteia is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction, notes and glossary written in collaboration with W.B. Stanford in Penguin Classics. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.


6. The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Author: by Pierre Hadot
Harvard University Press
English
368 pages

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The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today-as they have been over the centuries-as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy.

Yet the clarity and ease of the work’s style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent historian of ancient thought, uncovers new levels of meaning and expands our understanding of its underlying philosophy. Written by the Roman emperor for his own private guidance and self-admonition, the Meditations set forth principles for living a good and just life.

Hadot probes Marcus Aurelius’s guidelines and convictions and discerns the hitherto unperceived conceptual system that grounds them. Abundantly quoting the Meditations to illustrate his analysis, the author allows Marcus Aurelius to speak directly to the reader. And Hadot unfolds for us the philosophical context of the Meditations, commenting on the philosophers Marcus Aurelius read and giving special attention to the teachings of Epictetus, whose disciple he was.


7. Hearing Homer's Song: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry

Author: by Robert Kanigel
Knopf (April 27, 2021)
English
336 pages

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From the acclaimed biographer of Jane Jacobs and Srinivasa Ramanujan comes the first full life and work of arguably the most influential classical scholar of the twentieth century, who overturned long-entrenched notions of ancient epic poetry and enlarged the very idea of literature.

In this literary detective story, Robert Kanigel gives us a long overdue portrait of an Oakland druggist’s son who became known as the “Darwin of Homeric studies.” So thoroughly did Milman Parry change our thinking about the origins of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey that scholars today refer to a “before” Parry and an “after.” Kanigel describes the “before,” when centuries of readers, all the way up until Parry’s trailblazing work in the 1930’s, assumed that the Homeric epics were “written” texts, the way we think of most literature; and the “after” that we now live in, where we take it for granted that they are the result of a long and winding oral tradition.

Parry made it his life’s work to develop and prove this revolutionary theory, and Kanigel brilliantly tells his remarkable story-cut short by Parry’s mysterious death by gunshot wound at the age of thirty-three. From UC Berkeley to the Sorbonne to Harvard to Yugoslavia-where he traveled to prove his idea definitively by studying its traditional singers of heroic poetry-we follow Parry on his idiosyncratic journey, observing just how his early notions blossomed into a full-fledged theory.


8. Odyssey

Author: by Homer
0872204847
English
478 pages

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Lombardo’s Odyssey offers the distinctive speed, clarity, and boldness that so distinguished his 1997 Iliad. “[Lombardo] has brought his laconic wit and love of the ribald … To his version of the Odyssey. His carefully honed syntax gives the narrative energy and a whirlwind pace.

The lines, rhythmic and clipped, have the tautness and force of Odysseus’ bow.” Chris Hedges, The New York Times Book Review


9. The Iliad and the Odyssey Boxed Set

Author: by Homer
English
1145 pages
0520306651

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A stunning set of Homer’s epics, brilliantly translated by a leading ancient world scholar. Hailed by reviewers and readers alike, Peter Green’s landmark translations of Homer’s timeless epics are now available for the first time in this striking and sleekly designed collector-worthy set.

With the verve and pathos of the original oral tradition, Green captures the beauty and complexity, the surging thunder and quiet lyricism, of the Iliad and the Odyssey for a new generation of readers. The translations are vivid and careful, accurate without being out of reach, while the detailed synopses and notes include perceptive observations about Homer’s characters and themes.

This widely acclaimed, must-have collection will be a treasured addition to every reader’s bookshelf.

10. The Prophets (Perennial Classics)

Author: by Abraham J. Heschel
English
704 pages
0060936991

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“This book has monumental stature. It is fresh and vivid… Aflame with prophetic vision.” James MuilenburgFrom the author of Man is Not Alone and God in Search of Man, comes Abraham Heschel’s 1962 masterpiece of Biblical scholarship, The Prophets. The classic work on the Old Testament prophets by a major twentieth-century scholar The Prophets provides a unique opportunity for readers of the Old Testament, both Christian and Jewish, to gain fresh and deep knowledge of Israel’s prophetic movement.

The author’s profound understanding of the prophets also opens the door to new insight into the philosophy of religion.

11. Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction

Author: by Brian P. Copenhaver
Cambridge University Press
English
408 pages

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The Hermetica are a body of mystical texts written in late antiquity, but believed during the Renaissance (when they became well known) to be much older. Their supposed author, a mythical figure named Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses.

The Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the revealed wisdom of the Bible, supporting Biblical revelation and culminating in the Platonic philosophical tradition. This new translation is the only English version based on reliable texts, and Professor Copenhaver’s introduction and notes make this accessible and up-to-date edition an indispensable resource to scholars.

12. An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic

Author: by Daniel Mendelsohn
Vintage
English
320 pages

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A New York Times/PBS NewsHour Book Club PickFrom award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading-and reliving-Homer’s epic masterpiece. When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual.

For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician’s unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his “one last chance” to learn the great literature he’d neglected in his youth-and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist.

But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer’s great work together-first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son’s interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus’s famous voyages-it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay’s responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last.

13. Vergil's Aeneid, Books I-VI (Latin Edition) (Bks. 1-6) (English and Latin Edition)

Author: by Virgil
English, Latin
545 pages
0865164215

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This is the book that revolutionized Latin textbooks, with its student-friendly format of vocabulary and notes on the same page as the Latin text, and unique pull-out vocabulary of most-often repeated words. Together, these allow for faster reading, unimpeded by the page-turning required to look up vocabulary or consult notes.

Pharr’s Aeneid is the all-time most popular textbook of Vergil’s Aeneid. Grammatical notes are supported by a full grammatical appendix; vocabulary memorization is aided by vocabulary lists, arranged by frequency of occurrence, for drilling. The perfect edtion for both classroom and home study.

Special FeaturesGeneral introductionFull Latin text of Books I-VI of Vergil’s Aeneid, with selected vocabulary and notes on the same page24 black-and-white illustrations plus map of Aeneas’ voyageGrammatical appendixIndex to Grammatical AppendixWord Lists for Vocabulary DrillUpdated, extensive Selective BibliographyPull-out General Word ListAlso available:Vergil’s Aeneid: Selections from Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, and 12 – ISBN 086516584XPoet & Artist: Imaging the Aeneid – ISBN 0865165858For over 30 years Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has produced the highest quality Latin and ancient Greek books.

14. The Essential Odyssey (Hackett Classics)

Author: by Homer
English
288 pages
0872208990

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This generous abridgment of Stanley Lombardo’s translation of the Odyssey offers more than half of the epic, including all of its best-known episodes and finest poetry, while providing concise summaries for omitted books and passages. Sheila Murnaghan’s Introduction, a shortened version of her essay for the unabridged edition, is ideal for readers new to this remarkable tale of the homecoming of Odysseus.

15. The Poetic Edda

Author: by Lee M. Hollander
0292764995
University of Texas Press
English

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The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.

Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized.

This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says “may well grace anyone’s bookshelf.”

16. Classical Mythology

Author: by Mark Morford
Oxford University Press
English
792 pages

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Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Eleventh Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available-and the first full-color textbook of its kind. Featuring the authors’ clear and extensive translations of original sources, itbrings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style.

The text contains a wide variety of faithfully translated passages from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Hesiod, all the Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian,Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca. Acclaimed authors Mark P.O.Morford, Robert J.

Lenardon, and Michael Sham incorporate a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make the myths come alive for students. Offering historical and cultural background, they also examine the enduring survival of classicalmythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film.