Collection : Masters of Latin Literature

A series edited by Frederick Ahl

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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.



Pharsalia
Lucan
Lucan's great poem, Pharsalia, recounts events surrounding the decisive battle fought near Pharsalus in 48 B.C. during the civil war between the forces of Pompey and Julius Caesar. Though the subject of this unfinished masterpiece is historical, many...



Three Comedies
"Miles Gloriosus," "Pseudolus," "Rudens"
Plautus
A major comic artist in Republican Rome, Plautus left a legacy of twenty inventive comedies that display an exuberance and zany sense of humor that are distinctly Roman.



Trojan Women
Seneca
This free and eloquent translation skillfully reproduces the imagery, power, and frequent irony and sarcasm of Seneca's...



Phaedra
Seneca
Here is a moving and accomplished translation of this complex play dealing the the violent passions stirred by innocence and beauty and the terrible power of ideology, hatred, and misunderstanding.



Medea
Seneca
In this powerful and imaginative translation of Medea, Frederick Ahl retains the compelling effects of the monologues, as well as the special feeling and pacing of Seneca's choruses.



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