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Thebaid
A Song of Thebes
Statius
The clarity of Joyce's translation highlights the poem's superb versification, sophisticated use of intertextuality, and bold formal experimentation and innovation. A substantial introduction and annotations make this epic accessible to students.



Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom
Norman Austin
Like the male heroes of epic poetry, Helen of Troy has been immortalized, but not for deeds of strength and honor; she is remembered as the beautiful woman who disgraced herself and betrayed her family and state. Norman Austin here surveys...



Sophocles and Alcibiades
Athenian Politics in Ancient Greek Literature
Michael Vickers
Literary historians have long held the view that the plays of the Greek dramatist Sophocles deal purely with archetypes of the heroic past and that any resemblance to contemporary events or individuals is purely coincidental. In this book, Michael...



Two Faces of Oedipus
Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannus" and Seneca's "Oedipus"
Sophocles, Seneca
Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus is the most famous of ancient tragedies and a literary masterpiece. It is not, however, the only classical dramatization of Oedipus' quest to discover his identity. Between four and five hundred years after Sophocles' play...



The "Odyssey" in Athens
Myths of Cultural Origins
Erwin F. Cook
A study in poetic interaction, The Odyssey in Athens explores the ways in which narrative structure and parallels within and between epic poems create or disclose meaning. Erwin F. Cook also broadens the scope of this intertextual approach to include...



Masks of Authority
Fiction and Pragmatics in Ancient Greek Poetics
Claude Calame
Exploring a variety of literary texts representing different poetic genres, Claude Calame, an internationally known classicist, draws the lineaments of a real history of the means used by ancient Greek poets to create in their works a fictional...



The Anger of Achilles
Mênis in Greek Epic
Leonard Muellner
"Menis opens for consideration an immense range of significant poetic possibilities, not the least of which is that of an ethical sense for the term."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Henceforth no one will be able to claim that menis merely connotes...



Ovid
The Poet and His Work
Niklas Holzberg
The Roman poet Ovid is enjoying a renaissance. Though relegated to the margins in the Romantic period, since the mid-1980s he has become popular again, not only with classicists and other lovers of ancient poetry, but also with poets and prose...



The Mourning Voice
An Essay on Greek Tragedy
Nicole Loraux
Loraux presents a radical challenge to what has become the dominant view of tragedy in recent years: that tragedy is primarily a civic phenomenon.



Ariadne's Thread
A Guide to International Stories in Classical Literature
William Hansen
From Cinderella to The Boy Who Cried Wolf to The Dragon Slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In addition to their pervasiveness, these stories show an...



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