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Items in Classical Languages and Linguistics (PA) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 120 days.

  • Birds, peace, wealth : Aristophanes' critique of the gods / three plays translated by Wayne Ambler and Thomas L. Pangle
    PA 3877 A3 A47 2013

    In these three raucous comedies, mortals outwit and even replace Zeus and other Olympian deities of the Greek Pantheon. As Aristophanes provokes laughter at the foibles of gods and men, he arouses wonder at our human need for the divine.

    "The three comic heroes in the plays included here raise the questions of whether there are gods, who they might be, how powerful they are, and how they might be changed or eliminated. Although the precise form of such questions changes from age to age, these are questions that are inseparable from political life; and they certainly are powerfully present in our own day...great theorists and architects of the modern liberal state designed its contours partly with an eye on the goalof diminishing the role of religion in the public square. Not unlike our three comic heroes, they wanted to reduce dependence on "Zeus" and his priests. In his place, and like our three heroes, they sought peace, wealth, and human rulers liberated from exaggerated piety. And nowadays the so-called New Atheists are pressing the case that it is high time for a final defeat and elimination of the powers of darkness that, in their view, have cost us so much blood and treasure...Aristophanes was not a modern liberal; still less would he agree with the New Atheists' advocacy of universal public atheism. He does, however, put dissatisfaction with the gods at the center of the three plays included here, does bestow victories on the human critics of those gods, and does invite us to think with him about the justice of their causes, the tactics behind their victories, and the limits of their successes."--From the Introduction

    Aristophanes was a prolific and much acclaimed comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete. Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author.

    Thomas Lee Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas.

    Wayne Ambler is associate professor in the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers at the University of Colorado.

  • The Odyssey / Homer ; translated by Emily Wilson
    PA 4025 A5 W56 2018
    The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.In this fresh, authoritative version--the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman--this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer's sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer's music.Wilson's Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband's long absence, to the "complicated" hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.A fascinating introduction provides an informative overview of the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the major themes of the poem, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers alike.

  • Greek literature / edited by P.E. Easterling and B.M.W. Knox
    PA 3052 G73 1985eb

  • Latin literature / edited by E.J. Kenney ; advisory editor, W.V. Clausen
    PA 6003 L3 1982eb

  • Aeschylus I : the Persians, the Seven Against Thebes, the Suppliant Maidens, Prometheus Bound / by Aeschylus ; translated by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore
    PA 3827 A466 2013
    Aeschylus I contains "The Persians," translated by Seth Benardete; "The Seven Against Thebes," translated by David Gre≠ "The Suppliant Maidens," translated by Seth Benardete; and "Prometheus Bound," translated by David Grene.   Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, those translations combined accuracy, poetic immediacy, and clarity of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so lively and compelling that they remain the standard translations. Today, Chicago is taking pains to ensure that our Greek tragedies remain the leading English-language versions throughout the twenty-first century.   In this highly anticipated third edition, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. Most have carefully updated the translations to bring them even closer to the ancient Greek while retaining the vibrancy for which our English versions are famous. This edition also includes brand-new translations of Euripides' Medea , The Children of Heracles , Andromache , and Iphigenia among the Taurians , fragments of lost plays by Aeschylus, and the surviving portion of Sophocles's satyr-drama The Trackers . New introductions for each play offer essential information about its first production, plot, and reception in antiquity and beyond. In addition, each volume includes an introduction to the life and work of its tragedian, as well as notes addressing textual uncertainties and a glossary of names and places mentioned in the plays.   In addition to the new content, the volumes have been reorganized both within and between volumes to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship on the order in which the plays were originally written. The result is a set of handsome paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to these foundational works of Western drama, art, and life.

  • Averrunci, or the Skowrers : ponderous and new considerations upon the first six books of the Annals of Cornelius Tacitus concerning Tiberius Caesar / by Edmund Bolton ; edited with introduction and commentary by Patricia J. Osmond and Robert W. Ulery, Jr
    PA 6705 A9 B65 2017
    Ponderous and new considerations upon the first six books of the Annals of
    Cornelius Tacitus concerning Tiberius Caesar
    (Genoa, Biblioteca Durazzo, MS. A IV 5)

    This edition makes available for the first time a recently discovered and provocative work by the English historian Edmund Bolton. Composed in the years 1629-1634, Averrunci or The Skowrers aims at exposing Tacitus' (alleged) anti-monarchical bias in Annals 1-6 and at rehabilitating the character and reign of the emperor Tiberius. The Introduction discusses the manuscript in the context of Bolton's life and other works, its response to political and historiographical controversies in early Stuart England, and its unusual, revisionist position in the contemporary movement of Tacitism. A Commentary, following the text, explains difficult passages and identifies Bolton's extensive historical references.

    Edited with Introduction and Commentary by Patricia J. Osmond and Robert W. Ulery, Jr.

  • The poems of Hesiod : Theogony, Works and days, and The shield of Herakles / a new translation by Barry B. Powell
    PA 4010 E5 2017
    In this new translation of Hesiod, Barry B. Powell gives an accessible, modern verse rendering of these vibrant texts, essential to an understanding of early Greek myth and society. With stunning color images that help bring to life the contents of the poems and notes that explicate complex passages, Powell's fresh renditions provide an exciting introduction to the culture of the ancient Greeks.

    This is the definitive translation and guide for students and readers looking to experience the poetry of Hesiod, who ranks alongside Homer as an influential poet of Greek antiquity.

  • Enraged : why violent times need ancient Greek myths / Emily Katz Anhalt
    PA 4037 A54 2017
    An examination of remedies for violent rage rediscovered in ancient Greek myths

    Millennia ago, Greek myths exposed the dangers of violent rage and the need for empathy and self-restraint. Homer's Iliad , Euripides' Hecuba , and Sophocles' Ajax show that anger and vengeance destroy perpetrators and victims alike. Composed before and during the ancient Greeks' groundbreaking movement away from autocracy toward more inclusive political participation, these stories offer guidelines for modern efforts to create and maintain civil societies. Emily Katz Anhalt reveals how these three masterworks of classical Greek literature can teach us, as they taught the ancient Greeks, to recognize violent revenge as a marker of illogical thinking and poor leadership. These time-honored texts emphasize the costs of our dangerous penchant for glorifying violent rage and those who would indulge in it. By promoting compassion, rational thought, and debate, Greek myths help to arm us against the tyrants we might serve and the tyrants we might become.

  • Elegies. Propertius ; edited by W.A. Camps
    PA 6644 B4 1965

  • Le prose latine attribuite a Jacopone da Todi / Enrico Menestò
    PA 8360 J2Z78
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