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The Select Novels of Antiquity collection gathers some of the world’s earliest extended prose narratives, including work from Apuleius, Petronius, and Longus. Though not directly connected to the development of the modern novel, these texts are gems of history, and their themes and concepts are woven into the fabric of Western literature. Among these texts are Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, the only Latin novel that survives in its entirety, about Lucius’s literal and metaphorical journey from man to beast and back again; Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, a timeless tale of young love; and Petronius’ Satyricon, which mixes satire and romance.

This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each text is included in its original Greek or Latin, with an English translation for side-by-side comparison. Use Logos’ language tools to go deeper into the original-language text with linked translations, definitions, and pronunciation tools. You can also use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult English words. Quick and easy access to maps and charts, as well as definitions and lexical information, allows you to understand the historical context of these works like never before.

Key Features

  • Collection of the world’s first extended prose narratives
  • Loeb Classical Library editions

Individual Titles

Clitophan and Leucippe

  • Author: Achilles Tatius
  • Translator: S. Gaselee
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 244

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains S. Gaselee’s translation of Clitophan and Leucippe, by Achilles Tatius.

Achilles Tatius was a Greek writer in the Roman era. Leucippe and Clitophan is his only surviving work.

Clitophan and Leucippe: Greek Text

  • Author: Achilles Tatius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 244

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains the Greek text of Clitophan and Leucippe, by Achilles Tatius.

Achilles Tatius was a Greek writer in the Roman era. Leucippe and Clitophan is his only surviving work.

Daphnis and Chloe, The Love Romances of Parthenius

  • Authors: Longus, Parthenius
  • Translators: George Thornley, S. Gaselee
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 216

This volume contains George Thornley’s translation of Daphnis and Chloe, by Longus, and S. Gaselee’s translation of The Love Romances of Parthenius.

Longus was an ancient Greek writer in the second century AD.

Parthenius was a Greek poet in the first century BC. He was taken prisoner by Cinna in the Mithridatic Wars and died in 14 AD.

Daphnis and Chloe, The Love Romances of Parthenius: Greek Text

  • Authors: Longus, Parthenius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 216

This volume contains the Greek texts of Daphnis and Chloe, by Longus, and The Love Romances of Parthenius.

Longus was an ancient Greek writer in the second century AD.

Parthenius was a Greek poet in the first century BC. He was taken prisoner by Cinna in the Mithridatic Wars and died in 14 AD.

Satyricon, Apocolocyntosis

  • Authors: Petronius, Seneca
  • Translators: Michael Heseltine, W. H. D. Rouse
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: The MacMillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 213

This volume contains Michael Heseltine’s translation of Satyricon, and W. H. D. Rouse’s translation of Apocolocyntosis.

Petronius was a Roman writer and politician during the reign of Nero. He was known as the “judge of elegance” in Nero’s court. He lived a dissolute lifestyle and committed suicide after being accused of treason.

Seneca (4 BC–AD 65), sometimes called Seneca the Younger, was a Roman philosopher, politician, and playwright. He was a tutor and advisor to Nero. He was (perhaps erroneously) caught up in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero, and was forced to commit suicide. His work has been enduringly popular through the centuries. His tragedies had a strong influence on Renaissance drama in England and France.

Satyricon, Apocolocyntosis: Latin Text

  • Authors: Petronius, Seneca
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: The MacMillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 213

This volume contains the Latin text of Petronius’ Satyricon and Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis.

Petronius was a Roman writer and politician during the reign of Nero. He was known as the “judge of elegance” in Nero’s court. He lived a dissolute lifestyle and committed suicide after being accused of treason.

Seneca (4 BC–AD 65), sometimes called Seneca the Younger, was a Roman philosopher, politician, and playwright. He was a tutor and advisor to Nero. He was (perhaps erroneously) caught up in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero, and was forced to commit suicide. His work has been enduringly popular through the centuries. His tragedies had a strong influence on Renaissance drama in England and France.

The Golden Ass

  • Author: Apuleius
  • Translator: W. Adlington
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 316

This volume contains W. Adlington’s translation of Apuleius’ The Golden Ass.

Apuleius (AD 125–180) was a Numidian writer. The Golden Ass is the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety.

The Golden Ass: Latin Text

  • Author: Apuleius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 316

This volume contains the Latin text of Apuleius’ The Golden Ass.

Apuleius (AD 125–180) was a Numidian writer. The Golden Ass is the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety.

Barlaam and Ioasaph

  • Author: St. John Damascene
  • Translator: G. R. Woodward and H. Mattingly
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: The MacMillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 320

This volume contains G. R. Woodward and H. Mattingly’s translation of Barlaam and Ioasaph.

St. John Damascene (AD 676–749) was a Syrian monk and priest. He is considered the last of the fathers of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Catholic Church regards him as a Doctor of the Church.

Barlaam and Ioasaph: Greek Text

  • Author: St. John Damascene
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: The MacMillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 320

This volume contains the Greek text of Barlaam and Ioasaph.

St. John Damascene (AD 676–749) was a Syrian monk and priest. He is considered the last of the fathers of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Catholic Church regards him as a Doctor of the Church.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Novels of Antiquity
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publishers: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The MacMillan Co.
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 2,618