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Epistle to Diognetus. The Shepherd of Hermas. Cast as a prayer addressed to God, it offers a gripping personal story and a philosophical exploration destined to have broad and lasting impact. 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. Edmonds Julian, Volume II: Orations 6—8. The Caesars. 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.
Lives of the Caesars, Volume I: Julius.
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Enriched by anecdotes, gossip, and details of character and personal appearance, Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius born c. Dio Cassius Cassius Dio , c. Little of his Roman History survives, but missing portions are partly supplied from elsewhere and there are many excerpts. 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. Though often attributed to John Damascene c. Dialogue on Oratory. Tacitus c. Germania is a description of German tribes as known to the Romans.
Dialogus concerns the decline of oratory and education. Galba, Otho, and Vitellius. Titus, Domitian. Lives of Illustrious Men: Grammarians and Rhetoricians. Poets Terence. Lives of Pliny the Elder and Passienus Crispus. In Heroides , Ovid 43 BCE—17 CE allows legendary women to narrate their memories and express their emotions in verse letters to absent husbands and lovers. 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.
Leucippe and Clitophon , written in the second century CE, is exceptional among the ancient romances in being a first-person narrative: the adventures of the young couple are recounted by the hero himself. Lives, Volume I: Theseus and Romulus. Lycurgus and Numa.
Solon and Publicola. Plutarch c. 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. Aristides and Cato Major. Cimon and Lucullus. History of the Wars, Volume I: Books Persian War.
History of the Wars by the Byzantine historian Procopius late fifth century to after CE consists largely of sixth century CE military history, with much information about peoples, places, and special events. Powerful description complements careful narration. In his seventeen-book Geography , Strabo c.
Geography is a vital source for ancient geography and informative about ancient geographers. Cyropaedia , by Xenophon c. The Downward Journey or The Tyrant. Zeus Catechized. Zeus Rants.
The Dream or The Cock. Icaromenippus or The Sky-man. Timon or The Misanthrope.
Charon or The Inspectors. Philosophies for Sale. The Letters of Pliny the Younger c. Pindar c. The two extant poems of Hesiod eighth or seventh century BC are Theogony , in which he charts the history of the divine world, and Works and Days , in which he delivers moral precepts and practical advice for the world of men. His ethical, religious, and existential reflections have endured as an expression of Stoicism, a text for students of that philosophy, and a guide to the moral life.
Letters, Volume II: Books The Comedy of Asses. The Pot of Gold. The Two Bacchises. The Captives. The comedies of Plautus , who brilliantly adapted Greek plays for Roman audiences c. Twenty-one of his plays are extant. The Casket Comedy. The Two Menaechmuses. Tragedies, Volume I: Hercules. Phoenician Women.
Seneca ca. AD 4—65 authored verse tragedies that strongly influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists. Plots are based on myth, but themes reflect imperial Roman politics. John G.
Fitch has thoroughly revised his two-volume edition to take account of scholarship that has appeared since its initial publication. Aeneid: Books Virgil 70—19 BCE was a poet of immense virtuosity and influence.
His Eclogues deal with bucolic life and love, his Georgics with tillage, trees, cattle, and bees. Poems of the Appendix Vergiliana are traditionally, but in most cases probably wrongly, attributed to Virgil. Appendix Vergiliana. Nicias and Crassus. Book 2: Description of the Statues in the Gymnasium of Zeuxippus.
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Book 3: Epigrams in the Temple of Apollonis at Cyzicus. Book 4: Prefaces to the Various Anthologies. Book 5: Erotic Epigrams. The Greek Anthology contains some 4, Greek poems in the sparkling, diverse genre of epigram, written by more than a hundred composers, collected over centuries, and arranged by subject. This Loeb edition replaces the earlier edition by W. Paton , with a Greek text and ample notes reflecting current scholarship.
Book 8: The Epigrams of St. Gregory the Theologian. The Greek Anthology Gathering of Flowers is a collection over centuries of some short Greek poems called epigrams but seldom epigrammatic by about composers. Meleager of Gadara first century BCE , an outstanding contributor, also assembled the Stephanus Garland , a compilation fundamental to the Anthology.