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The great war epic of Western literature, translated by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles   Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and…
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The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles   Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, presents…

The Iliad

by D. C. H. Homer

|April 29, 2003

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E.V. Rieu’s beloved translation of the great war epic of Western literature, revised and updated by D. C. H. Rieu One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center…
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From the award-winning translator of  The Iliad  and  The Odyssey  comes a brilliant new translation of Virgil's great epic Fleeing the ashes of Troy, Aeneas, Achilles’ mighty foe in the  Iliad , begins an incredible journey to…
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An acclaimed translation of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno that retains all the style, power and meaning of the original This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the…
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Gripping listeners and readers for more than 2,700 years, The Iliad is the story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles. Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. If The…
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Andrew George's "masterly new translation" ( The Times ) of the world's first truly great work of literature Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest…
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The first part of Dante's epic poem The Divine Comedy , revealing the eternal punishment reserved for such sins as greed, self-deception, political double-dealing and treachery Describing Dante's descent into Hell midway through his life with Virgil as a guide,…

Metamorphoses

by Ovid

|August 3, 2004

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Ovid’s sensuous and witty poem brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation—often as a result of love or lust—where men and women find themselves magically changed into new and…
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A new selection from the national epic of India Originally composed in Sanskrit sometime between 400 BC and 400 AD, The Mahabharata -with one hundred thousand stanzas of verse-is one of the longest poems in existence. At the heart of the saga is a conflict…

The Odyssey

by Peter V. Homer

|April 29, 2003

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The epic tale of Odysseus’s journey home – one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature If the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of an everyman's journey through life. Odysseus'…

The Aeneid

by David Virgil

|April 29, 2003

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"I sing of arms and of the man" After a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote  The Aeneid  to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas – Augustus’ legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer,  The…