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Bristol Classics Culture and History Bundle (178 vols.)
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Bristol Classics Culture and History Bundle (178 vols.)

by 145 authors

6 publishers 1940–2014

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Overview

Examine the foundations of the Western world, and discover a wealth of resources for your study of antiquity. This library of Bristol Classics provides the ultimate opportunity to explore the greatest thinkers, artists, and leaders of antiquity. Providing a foundation in classical literature, culture, and language, this bundle makes accessible thousands of pages of expert scholarship and primary texts from the ancient world’s first democracy, greatest empire, and earliest nation states.

Experience firsthand the timeless works of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, Herodotus, Virgil, and more—in their original Greek and Latin, as well as English translations, commentaries, and notes. Access language tools that enable an appreciation of the artistry of these pillars of the Western canon. Go beyond the words themselves and study the cultural context and legacy of Athens, Rome, and Byzantium.

In addition to a wealth of resources on Greek and Latin classics, you’ll also get cutting-edge research in Egyptian, Roman, and medieval archaeology. These studies illuminate new facets of the cultures in which apostle Paul, Plato, Virgil, and Chaucer lived. They also provide handholds for interpreting the latest archaeological evidence and research, making this scholarship useful for the experts and non-experts alike.

Highlights from this panorama of Western civilization include:

  • Bristol Classics Greek Tragedy Bundle
  • Bristol Classics Homer Bundle
  • Bristol Classics Archaeology Bundle
  • Bristol Classics Greek and Roman Studies Collection
  • Bristol Classics Medieval Studies Collection
  • Bristol Classics Religious Studies Collection
  • Bristol Classics Philosophy Collection
  • Bristol Classics Greek Prose Reading Course

Noet allows you to study classic texts from across the centuries with unparalleled depth and efficiency. See Greek and Latin gloss and morphology with a click. Gather further clarification by instantly jumping to encyclopedias and dictionaries. An expansive timeline put artists, philosophers, and soldiers in perspective. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With the Noet edition, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Includes 178 volumes (over 35,000 pages) of classic literature and scholarship
  • Contains a variety of historically important resources for study
  • Expands the depth of your library in a range of classical academic fields

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Individual Titles

Bristol Classics Greek Tragedy Bundle

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 13
  • Pages: 3,256

The Bristol Classics Greek Tragedy Bundle brings together the most trusted resources for serious study of ancient Greek drama. Featuring the most authoritative translations, line-by-line commentaries, in-depth introductions, and extensively annotated Greek texts, these volumes are a great place to start your classical study or to augment your library with the most advanced tools applied to the best texts.

Fifth-century Athens saw the flourishing of historiography, philosophy, politics, and science with Socrates, Plato, Herodotus, Thucydides, Pericles, and Hippocrates. But some of the most brilliant contributions to this first chapter of the Western canon were artistic. Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides brought all the learning of the age home to Athenian hearts. Literacy in the work of these three playwrights is essential to a full understanding of the Athenian Golden Age and all Western art that followed.

This bundle includes:

Individual Titles:

  • Bristol Classics Aeschylus Collection
    • Aeschylean Tragedy by Alan H. Sommerstein
    • The Plays of Aeschylus by A.F. Garvie
    • Aeschylus: Choephori edited by A. Bowen
    • Aeschylus: Persians translated by A.J. Podlecki
  • Bristol Classics Euripides Collection
    • The Plays of Euripides by James Morwood
    • Euripides: Alcestis edited by A.M. Dale
    • Euripides: Cyclops edited R.A.S. Seaford
    • Euripides: Helen edited by A.M. Dale
    • Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris edited by Maurice Platnauer
  • Bristol Classics Sophocles Collection
    • The Plays of Sophocles by A.F. Garvie
    • Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus translated by Richard C. Jebb
    • Sophocles: Oedipus Coloneus translated by Richard C. Jebb
    • Sophocles: Antigone translated by Richard C. Jebb

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Bristol Classics Homer Bundle

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 3,345

No literary or historical library is complete without Homer’s two inaugural works of Western literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey. The themes and artistry of these poems resonate through thousands of years of mythology, philosophy, drama, poetry, and prose. Telling the timeless stories of the Trojan War and wily Odysseus’ perilous journey home, Homer eloquently comments on the mortality and morality of mankind.

The tools and texts in this bundle allow you to explore the many facets of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and their legacy. Standard-setting Greek texts and vibrant contemporary translations enable thorough study of Homer’s work. Expert annotations and line-by-line commentary offer insight into Homer’s context and methods. And literary studies from distinguished classicists reveal the brilliance of the blind bard and his significance in the Western canon.

This bundle includes:

Individual Titles:

  • Homer by Jasper Griffin
  • Homer: Iliad I edited by J.A. Harrison and R.H. Jordan
  • Homer: Iliad III edited by J.T. Hooker
  • Homer: Iliad I-XII edited by M.M. Willcock
  • Homer: Iliad VI edited by R.H. Jordan and J.A. Harrison
  • Homer: Iliad XIII-XXIV edited by M.M. Willcock
  • Homer’s Iliad: A Commentary on Three Translations by Peter Jones
  • Homer: The Odyssey translated by Martin Hammond
  • Homer: Odyssey IX edited by J.V. Muir
  • Homer: Odyssey I-XII edited by W.B. Stanford
  • Homer: Odyssey VI and VII edited by Janet Watson
  • Homer: Odyssey:XIII-XXIV edited by W.B. Stanford and M.M. Willcock
  • Homer’s Odyssey: A Companion to the English Translation of Richmond Lattimore by Peter Jones
  • Homer: The Resonance of Epic by Barbara Graziosi and Johanes Haubold

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Bristol Classics Archaeology Bundle

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 25
  • Pages: 5,009

Archaeology continually enriches our understanding of the people, culture, history, and literature of the thousands of years of humanity around the world. A knowledge of archaeological theory, methods, and research also tangibly illuminates new facets of ancient texts, from the Bible, to Homer, to Chaucer. This bundle contains a variety of collections focusing on different periods and geographical areas—including Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, and the Middle ages. In addition to this research, there are also a variety of resources on how to study evidence and interpret research in archaeology. The bundle comprises five collections:

Individual Titles:

  • Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology by Henry Hodges
  • Digging the Dirt: The Archaeological Imagination by Jennifer Wallace
  • Archaeology and Text John Moreland
  • Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor by Wolfram Grajetzki
  • Court Officials of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom by Wolfram Grajetzki
  • The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society by Wolfram Grajetzki
  • Performance and Drama in Ancient Egypt by Robyn Gillam
  • Cyprus Before History: From the Earliest Settlers to the End of the Bronze Age by Louise Steel
  • Bronze Age Textiles: Men, Women and Wealth by Klavs Randsborg
  • Changing Natures: Hunter-Gatherers, First Farmers and the Modern World by Bill Finlayson and Graeme M. Warren
  • Tarquinia by Robert Leighton
  • Avebury by Joshua Pollard and Mark Gillings
  • Roman Housing by Simon P. Ellis
  • Roman Iberia: Economy, Society and Culture by Benedict Lowe
  • Houses and Society in the Later Roman Empire by Kim Bowes
  • Indo-Roman Trade: From Pots to Pepper by Roberta Tomber
  • Roman Countryside by Stephen L. Dyson
  • Pompeii by Alison Cooley
  • Archaeology of Greek and Roman Slavery by F.H. Thompson
  • Archaeology, Theory and the Middle Ages by John Moreland
  • Shipwreck Archaeology of the Holy Land: Processes and Parameters by Sean A. Kingsley
  • Dark Age Economics: A New Audit by Richard Hodges
  • Pagan and Christian: Religious Change in Early Medieval Europe by David Petts
  • Towns and Trade in the Age of Charlemagne by Richard Hodges
  • Villa to Village: The Transformation of the Roman Countryside by Riccardo Francovich and Richard Hodges

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Bristol Classics Greek and Roman Studies Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 1,220

The history of Western civilization begins with the thrilling and complex rise and rule of the great civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The seminal periods of Athenian democracy and Roman empire have left their mark in every area of life in the West. This collection gathers 10 contemporary studies that examine all spheres of life in Greece and Rome, from the artists and emperors commemorated in marble busts, to the slaves and soldiers who built their theaters and roads. You’ll find explorations of Athens’ famed first democracy, the polytheistic Roman religion the apostle Paul addressed, the institution of slavery, the position of women in antiquity, and much more.

Individual Titles:

  • Athens and Sparta by Stephen Todd
  • Athens under the Tyrants by J.A. Smith
  • Religion and the Greeks by Robert Garland
  • Slavery in Classical Greece by N.R.E. Fish
  • Women in Classical Athens by Sue Blundell
  • Democracy in Classical Athens by Christopher Carey
  • Religion and the Romans by Ken Dowden
  • Political Life in the City of Rome by John R. Patterson
  • Augustan Rome by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
  • The Culture of the Roman Plebs by Nicholas Horsfall

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Bristol Classics Medieval Studies Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 768

The Bristol Classics Medieval Studies collection gathers innovative monographs where religion, history, and culture meet. This group of scholars examines relevant topics from the Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages—from the “making” and influence of martyrs, to the study of Germanic goddesses.

Maijastina Kahlos explores ancient discussions of religious moderation and coercion in their historical context, reconsidering the contrast often drawn between a “tolerant” polytheism and an “intolerant” Christianity. Lucy Grig examines both artistic and textual representations of martyrs as she shows how martyrdom played a crucial role in the process of Christianization. David Petts studies two under-theorized aspects of conversion as they relate to the early Medieval period. Philip Shaw considers evidence for Germanic goddesses in England and on the Continent, and argues that modern scholarship focuses too heavily on the notion of divine functions or spheres of activity, rather than considering the extent to which goddesses are rooted in localities and social structures.

Individual Titles:

  • Forbearance and Compulsion: The Rhetoric of Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Late Antiquity by Maijastina Kahlos
  • Pagan and Christian: Religious Change in Early Medieval Europe by David Petts
  • Making Martyrs in Late Antiquity by Lucy Grig
  • Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda, and the Cult of Matrons by Philip A. Shaw

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Bristol Classics Religious Studies Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 736

Get your bearings in the landscape of religious studies with two introductory surveys from expert Eric J. Sharpe. First, in Understanding Religion, Sharpe prepares students for academic inquiry of religion, providing introduction to a number of important areas of inquiry. Then, in Comparative Religion, he traces the history of comparative religion from its beginnings in the nineteenth century, in the work of scholars such as Max Muller and anthropologists such as Robertson-Smith and Frazer, through the American psychologists of religion, to the period after the First World War—when the evolutionary approach was seriously called into question. Rounding out this collection is Trevor Curnow’s The Oracles of the Ancient World, a guide to all the known oracles of the ancient world that offers an alphabetical listing with details of nearly 300 sites in more than 25 countries where oracles of one kind or another functioned in antiquity.

Individual Titles:

  • Understanding Religion by Eric J. Sharpe
  • Comparative by Eric J. Sharpe
  • Oracles of the Ancient World: A Comprehensive by Trevor Curnow

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Bristol Classics Philosophy Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,165

Survey the entire story of Western philosophy, then dig deep into different—and sometimes overlooked—areas of specialty with the Bristol Classics Philosophy Collection. Thumb through an A–Z guide of ancient philosophers, read the definitive work on the Middle Platonists, and brush up on your Greek philosophical vocabulary. These scholarly volumes are an ideal resource for students of philosophy.

Individual Titles:

  • From Plato to Postmodernism: The Story of the West through Philosophy, Literature and Art by Christopher Watkin
  • Philosophers of the Ancient World: An A–Z Guide by Trevor Curnow
  • Greek Philosophical Vocabulary by J.O. Urmson
  • Hellenistic Philosophy by A.A. Long
  • The Sophists: An Introduction by Patricia O’Grady
  • The Greek Philosophers: Selected Greek Texts from the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle by J.H. Lesher
  • Middle Platonists by John M. Dillon
  • Neoplatonism by R.T. Wallis

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Bristol Classics Greek Prose Reading Course

  • Editor: Malcolm Campbell
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 420

Bristol Classical Press presents a course on reading ancient Greek prose, enabling you to study important works of the classical period. Examine writings of the historian Thucydides, the philosopher Plato, and the orators Demosthenes and Lysias. Designed for students with a basic knowledge of ancient Greek, these volumes help readers access the original text, comprehend its meaning, and study it in detail. Each text provides the Greek text, preliminary remarks on word formation and syntax, a brief outline of the work, a summary of each block of text, dedicated vocabularies broken down into the various parts of speech, and notes dealing with language, style, and subject matter. This collection also includes a handbook with a classified list of 1,500 words in common use among classical Greek historians, orators, and philosophers, with their English equivalents.

Individual Titles:

  • A Greek Prose Reading Course for Post-Beginners: Unit 1. Forensic Oratory (Lysias: On the Murder of Eratosthenes)
  • A Greek Prose Reading Course for Post-Beginners: Unit 2. Philosophy (Plato: Crito)
  • A Greek Prose Reading Course for Post-Beginners: Unit 3. Political Oratory (Demosthenes: Third Philippic)
  • A Greek Prose Reading Course for Post-Beginners: Unit 4. Historiography (Thucydides: Events at Pylos and Sphakteria)
  • Classical Greek Prose: A Basic Vocabulary

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Bristol Classics Aristophanes Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,064

While the great Greek tragedies of Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides instantly call to mind the marble pillars of fifth-century Athens, the comedic works of Aristophanes perhaps more accurately recreate everyday life in that idealized democracy. His ruthless satire captures Athens’ burgeoning imperfection in the latter part of its Golden Age, after the death of Pericles. Aristophanes frequently dramatized real events and public figures, who respected and feared his rhetorical powers.

Get the best studies on the father of comedy with the Bristol Classics Aristophanes Collection, including the Greek text of four plays with expert literary and linguistic analysis. Line-by-line commentary, James Robson’s engaging introductory text, and Aristophanes’ lyrical Greek make this a great place to start your classical study or to augment your library with the most advanced tools applied to the best texts.

Individual Titles:

  • Aristophanes: An Introduction by James Robson
  • Aristophanes: Frogs edited by W.B. Stanford
  • Aristophanes: Peace edited by Maurice Platnauer
  • Aristophanes: Scenes from Birds edited by W.H. Oldaker
  • Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae edited by R.G. Ussher

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Bristol Classics Aristotle Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,200

Encyclopedia Britannica calls Aristotle “the first genuine scientist in history.” Departing from the tradition of inquiry established by Plato and Socrates before him, Aristotle left the forms and ideals of his teacher, shifting his gaze to what he could touch, taste, and see. Aristotle contributed to nearly every field—from psychology to zoology—prompting philosopher Bryan Magee to doubt “whether any human being has ever known as much as he did.”

This collection contains five critical texts exploring his views on subjects within the humanities. These volumes are full of Greek manuscripts, translations, commentary, and essays on Aristotle’s thoughts on emotion, comedy, memory, rhetoric, life, and death. Authors work closely with Aristotle’s Parva Naturalia, Poetics, the disputed Tractatus Coislinianus, and more. These volumes are a great place to start your study of Aristotle or to augment your library with the most advanced tools applied to the best texts.

Individual Titles:

  • Aristotle on Comedy: Towards a Reconstruction of Poetics IIby Richard Janko
  • Aristotle on Emotion by William W. Fortenbaugh
  • Aristotle on Life and Death by R.A.H. King
  • Aristotle on Memory by Richard Sorabji
  • Aristotle’s Poetics by Stephen Halliwell

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Bristol Classics Byzantine Studies Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,226

This collection gathers innovative studies on topics within the history, theology, law, and literature of the Byzantine age with contributions ranging from translations of PhotiusBibliotheca to a historical study of Byzantine iconoclasm.

Aideen Hartney conducts a thematic exploration of John Chrysostom’s preaching, shedding light both on gender relations in Late Antiquity and also on the practical processes by which Christianity established itself as a dominant social structure in the Roman Empire. Leslie Brubaker explores how icons came to be so important, who opposed them, and how the debate about images played itself out over the years between 680 and 850. Ian Wood and Jill Harries edit an important collection of articles on the Theodosian Code, an essential resource for students of Roman law. Nigel Wilson present a scholarly and readable translation of passages from Photius’ Bibliotheca, some never before translated. And in Scholars of Byzantium, Wilson gives “an account of what happened to Greek literature from the end of the ancient world until the time of its reappearance in western Europe during the Renaissance.”

Individual Titles:

  • Inventing Byzantine Iconoclasm by Leslie Brubaker
  • John Chrysostom and the Transformation of the City by Aideen Hartney
  • Scholars of Byzantium by N.G. Wilson
  • The Theodosian Code: Studies in the Imperial Law of Late Antiquity edited by Ian Wood and Jill Harries
  • Photius: The Bibliotheca edited by N.G. Wilson

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Bristol Classics Caesar’s Gallic War Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,025

As a general, Julius Caesar conquered the territory of Gaul and extended the Roman territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. His accounts of his military campaigns remain classics of Latin prose and important sources for historical reconstructions of the period. Commentarii de Bello Gallico (or the Commentaries on the Gallic War) recounts Caesar’s conquest of Gaul and his attacks on southern Britain. Writing in a third-person narrative, he provides a clear, straightforward account often used in Latin instruction due to its simple prose.

This collection provides Books I, II, III, V, VI, and VII of Commentarii de Bello Gallico, expertly edited and introduced by Latin scholars. Their helpful notes equip you for study with features such as background information, maps, notes on the text, index of names, annotation on linguistic matters, and vocabularies.

Individual Titles:

  • Caesar: Gallic War I edited by Colin Ewan
  • Caesar: Gallic War II edited by E.C. Kennedy
  • Caesar: Gallic War III edited by J.L. Whiteley and H.E. Gould
  • Caesar: Gallic War V edited by R.C. Carrington
  • Caesar: Gallic War VI edited by E.C. Kennedy
  • Caesar: Gallic War VIIedited by J.L. Whiteley

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Bristol Classics Cicero Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 921

The Bristol Classics Cicero Collection provides a solid foundation for the study of this Roman politician and philosopher. Read his biography for fascinating insights into the person behind the politics and philosophy. Gain background knowledge on Cicero’s thinking on government, religion, law and ethics. Enjoy an intriguing glimpse into this period of Roman history. This collection is geared toward students, historians, and those interested in philosophy and the classics.

Individual Titles:

  • Cicero: A Portrait by Elizabeth Rawson
  • Thought of Cicero: Philosophical Selections by S.J. Wilson
  • Cicero: Select Letters by M.M. Wilcock
  • Cicero: In Catilinam I and II by H.E. Gould and J.L. Whiteley
  • Cicero: In Catilinam I–IV by J.F. Stout

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Bristol Classics Classical Literature Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 1,168

Explore the earliest masters of poetry, drama, rhetoric, history in the Western world. These texts will teach you how to engage these ancient texts for all they’re worth, introducing the various literary genre’s and their reception throughout the centuries.

In Classical Epic, Richard Jenkyns examines how the epics of Homer and Virgil served as cultural fountainheads, shaping the moral and artistic foundations of antiquity. Marion Baldock’s Greek Tragedy introduces the power and importance of Greek tragedy through its three great poets: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Timothy E. Duff’s The Greek and Roman Historians explores the beginnings of historiography, and how its purpose evolved from Herodotus to Tacitus. These and other works will enhance your library with a wealth of scholarship on the influence and interpretation of Greek and Latin literature.

Individual Titles:

  • Interpreting Classical Texts by Malcolm Heath
  • Classics and the Bible: Hospitality and Recognition by John Taylor
  • Classical Epic: Homer and Virgil by Richard Jenkyns
  • Greek Tragedy by Marion Baldock
  • The Lives of the Greek Poets by Mary R. Lefkowitz
  • The Greek and Roman Historians by Timothy E. Duff
  • Attic Orators by M.J. Edwards
  • Greek Literature in the Roman Empire by Jason Konig

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Bristol Classics Herodotus Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,286

Turn to the opening moments of written Western history with these scholarly resources on the father of history, Herodotus of Halicarnassus. These volumes feature the Greek text of the Histories, helpful English annotations, critical commentaries and analysis, and an introduction from John Gould that explores Herodotus’ significance for all historians after him.

Alongside the advances of Socrates in philosophy, Sophocles in drama, and Hippocrates in medicine, Herodotus’ Histories sowed the first seeds of modern historiography. Though his reliability is sometimes questioned, Herodotus is often the sole source of information on the events and circumstances of the conflicts he records. He narrates the Greco-Persian Wars with a lively and graceful style that transmits the cultural memory of ancient history’s most famed generation.

Individual Titles:

  • Herodotus by John Gould
  • Herodotus: Book I by J.H. Sleeman
  • Herodotus: Book II by W.G. Waddell
  • Herodotus: Book VI by E.I. McQueen
  • Herodotus: Book VIII by J. Enoch Powell

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Bristol Classics Horace Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,053

Standing alongside Virgil and Ovid, Horace was one of Latin literature’s triad of most influential poets. His witty, yet serious poems were wildly successful in his time, and have remained popular throughout history—forming essential building blocks in the Western canon. This collection features some of his most important works, with selections from his Odes and Satires, along with helpful notes and analysis by Latin scholars to aid in your study. Rounding off the Bristol Classics Horace Collection is Philip Hills’ introduction to Horace that provides helpful historical, literary, and biographical details for studying Horace, equipping the reader to approach Horace with knowledge and confidence.

Individual Titles:

  • Horace by Philip Hills
  • Horace: Odes edited by Kenneth Quinn
  • Horace: The Odes edited by Colin Sydenham
  • Satires of Horace by Niall Rudd

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Bristol Classics Livy Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 3,104

Livy’s History of Rome recounts Rome’s history from its mythical founding (ca. 735 BC) to the reign of Augustus in Livy’s own day. In writing the history of Rome, Livy sought to emphasize the traits in the national character that had made Rome great, and to impress upon his readers that Rome had developed into a great empire under their guidance and leadership. Livy has been praised for the power of his graphic descriptions, his dramatic contrivance, his imaginative skill in the composition of his speeches, his details of character, and his language. He is simultaneously historian, poet, and rhetorician, making his works great resources for students of Latin. Books I–X and XXI–XXX especially have become paradigmatic examples of Golden Age Latin.

This collection presents key selections from Livy’s massive history. In these editions, the Latin texts (of Books I, II, V, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, and XXX) are provided along with helpful introductions, vocabularies, and notes, to aid in your study.

Individual Titles:

  • Livy: Book I edited by H.E. Gould and J.L. Whiteley
  • Livy: Book II edited by J.L. Whiteley
  • Livy: Book V edited by R.I. Ross
  • Livy: Book XXI edited by P.G. Walsh
  • Livy: Book XXII edited by F.G. Plaistowe and J. Thompson
  • Livy: Book XXIII and XXIV edited by G.C. Macaulay
  • Livy: Book XXX edited by H.E. Butler and H.H. Scullard

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Bristol Classics Lucan Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 455

Lucan’s epic on the Roman Civil War has dodged in and out of fashion. Widely admired in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it was heavily criticized in nineteenth and twentieth century. With this collection, explore the Latin text of Civil War as well as commentary on Lucan’s famous poem. Examine Lucan’s poetic style, and experience the riveting events of Rome’s turbulent political history.

Individual Titles:

  • The Poet Lucan: Studies in Rhetorical Epic by Mark P.O. Morford
  • Lucan: De Bello Civili I edited by Robert J. Getty
  • Lucan: De Bello Civili VII edited by O.A.W. Dilke

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Bristol Classics Lucretius Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 699

Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), his only surviving work, aligns with the Epicurean philosophy against divine intervention, specifically in the context of natural disasters. This book represents the primary source of modern knowledge on Epicurean thought, and it played an important role in the development of Atomism. Lucretius’ purpose was to expand the scientific theories of his contemporary Greek philosophers, while dispelling fear of the gods and death. His work had a significant impact on the philosophy and literature of his age, and it’s reflected in the writings of Virgil, Cicero, and Horace.

This collection presents a number of selections from De Rerum Natura, including the full text of the first book. These editions are designed to provide all the help required by the comparative beginner in Latin who is coming to Lucretius for the first time. At the same time the introduction and commentary are full enough to incorporate material of interest to the Lucretian specialist, and elucidates both the poetic artistry and philosophical content. John Godwin’s text provides deeper insight into the great poem as he examines the life and thought of Lucretius. And rounding out this collection is W.R. Johnson’s Lucretius and the Modern World, which offers an extensive description of the poem, surveys major relevant texts form the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and speculates on why Lucretius and the ancient scientific tradition he championed were marginalized in the twentieth century. Johnson also tackles the question of what value the poem has for students of science and technology in the new century.

Individual Titles:

  • Lucretius by John Godwin
  • Lucretius: De Rerum Natura edited by P. Michael Brown
  • Lucretius: Selections from the De Rerum Natura edited by John Godwin
  • Lucretius in the Modern World by W.R. Johnson

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Bristol Classics Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Love Poetry Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 1,408

Roman poet Ovid stands alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature, having tremendous impact not only on Latin literature and culture that followed, but also on Western literature as a whole. His Metamorphoses—a mythological history of the world—has been regarded as one of the most influential poems in history, and an important source for classical mythology. Also lauded for his love poetry, Ovid’s work was highly imitated by other writers in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Examine Ovid’s place in literature and history and discover his important influence with the Bristol Classics Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Love Poetry Collection. These scholarly volumes include both selections of his most influential work, in editions designed to be accessible to students, and fresh perspectives on Ovid’s work and legacy with studies from Genevieve Lively, Rebecca Armstrong, and Sarah Annes Brown.

Individual Titles:

  • Ovid: Myth & Metamorphosis by Sarah Annes Brown
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses I edited by A.G. Lee
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses III edited by A.A.R. Henderson
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses VIII edited by H.E. Gould and J. Whiteley
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses XI edited by G.M.H. Murphy
  • Ovid and His Love Poetry by Rebecca Armstrong
  • Ovid: Love Songs by Genevieve Liveley
  • Ovid: Amores I edited by John Barsby
  • Ovid: Amores III (Selection) edited by Jennifer Ingleheart and Katharine Radice

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Bristol Classics Plato Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 1,768

Philosopher and mathematician A.N. Whitehead once claimed that “the safest general characterization of European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” It is difficult to disagree with him. Plato wrote seminal works on ethics, political theory, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. His concept of forms went on to have a great influence on Christian theology in the post-Apostolic period. Many of the ideas that form the basis for Western democracy come from his Republic.

Bringing together the best in Greek manuscripts, English translations, line-by-line commentary, notes, and scholarly analysis, the Bristol Classics Plato Collection serves as an excellent introduction to studying Plato in Greek and understanding his influence over the last 2,500 years. C.J. Rowe’s Plato teaches the reader how to fruitfully engage Plato’s dialogues. Greek texts and translations of Crito, Euthyphro, Laches, Protagoras, the Republic, and more provide primary access to Plato’s work. And lastly, Melissa Lane’s Plato’s Progeny traces the outline of Plato’s influence throughout contemporary Western thought.

Individual Titles:

  • Plato by C.J. Rowe
  • Plato: Crito edited by C.J. Emlyn-Jones
  • Plato: Euthyphro edited by C.J. Emlyn-Jones
  • Plato: Laches edited by C.J. Emlyn Jones
  • Plato: Martyrdom of Socrates edited by F.C. Doherty
  • Plato: Protagoras edited by Adela Marion Adam and James Adam
  • Plato: Republic I edited by D.J. Allan
  • Plato: Republic X edited by John Ferguson
  • Plato: Statesman translated by J.B. Skemp
  • Plato’s Progeny: How Plato and Socrates Still Captivate the Modern Mind by Melissa Lane

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Bristol Classics Tacitus Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,323

Tacitus—recognized for his unflinching political analysis—is arguably the most significant writer of the Roman imperial period. His creativity is best known to us through his historical narratives: The Histories and The Annals, in which he details the reigns of Roman emperors. The Histories details the disastrous civil wars which erupted in AD 68–69, while the Annals chillingly documents the murky principates of the Julio-Claudian emperors from Tiberius to Nero. Tacitus is driven throughout by a desire to reveal escalating corruption and selfish ambition and to demonstrate how and why such a debased world evolved after the death of Augustus.

The Bristol Classics Tacitus Collection equips you for studying Tacitus, with Riannon Ash’s helpful introduction to Tacitus, and selections from the Annals, as well as the texts of Germania and Dialogus de Oratoribus, all expertly edited and presented in editions that are perfect for students of Latin or Roman history.

Individual Titles:

  • Tacitus by Rhiannon Ash
  • Tacitus: Annals I edited by N.P. Miller
  • Tacitus: Annals XIV edited by E.C. Woodcook
  • Tacitus: Annals XVedited by N.P. Miller
  • Tacitus: Dialogus de Oratoribus edited by W. Peterson
  • Tacitus: Germania edited by J.G. Anderson

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Bristol Classics Thucydides Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,108

A pioneering work of historiography, ThucydidesHistory of the Peloponnesian War is a landmark literary and scholarly achievement documenting the pivot point in the Golden Age of Athenian democracy. It is one of the West’s first scholarly histories, examining and recording the slow defeat of the nation its author once fought for. These works from the Bristol Classical Library offer the scholarly tools—line-by-line commentary, annotated texts, and literary and linguistic analysis—necessary to dig into Thucydides’ Greek. They are a great place to either start your classical study, or augment your library with the most advanced tools applied to the best texts.

Thucydides’ style differed drastically from that of his predecessor Herodotus. His writing set the tone of historiography for centuries to come—characterized by a strict adherence to chronology, a diminutive role for the divine pantheon, an objective account of events, and a matter-of-fact writing style. These accounts of Greek belligerence—emphasizing the strength found in utilitarian ideals and a coldly rational state with a strong leader—foreshadow the political theory of realists such as Hobbes and Machiavelli. Offering unparalleled detail, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War provides a glimpse into the ancient world—it’s a literary and scholarly gem that students, scholars, historians, and classicists will value and enjoy. Get the most out of Thucydides with these scholarly commentaries, notes, texts, and introductions.

Individual Titles:

  • Thucydides and the Shaping of History by Emily Greenwood
  • Thucydides: Book I edited by Thomas Wiedermann and E.C. Marchant
  • Thucydides: Book II by edited by Thomas Wiedermann and E.C. Marchant
  • Thucydides: Book VI by edited by Kenneth Dover

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Bristol Classics Virgil's Aeneid Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,728

Examine Virgil’s classic Aeneid and learn more about the Roman’s greatest poet. You’ll dive into an English translation of Richard Heinze’s definitive text on the technique Virgil used to compose the Aeneid, and discover new depth to the epic poem as you learn the historical and political context and study the Latin text with extensive English commentary by leading Virgilian scholar R. Deryck Williams.

Individual Titles:

  • Virgil by Jasper Griffin
  • Virgil’s Epic Technique by Richard Heinze
  • Virgil: Aeneid I-VI by R. Deryck Williams
  • Virgil: Aeneid VII-XII by R. Deryck Williams
  • The Aeneid of Virgil by R. Deryck Williams

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Bristol Classics Xenophon Collection

  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 652

Historian, soldier, huntsman, economist, farmer, and philosopher—Xenophon is one of the most versatile and most accessible of the classical Greeks.

Born at the start of the Peloponnesian War in Athens, he joined the outer circle of Socrates’ young admirers, and wrote affectionately of the gadfly in a manner which contrasts strongly with that of Plato. In his Hellenika, he composed a history of his own times beginning at the point where Thucydideshistory breaks off, taking the narrative to 403 BC. In one of the ancient world’s most remarkable adventure stories, recorded in his Anabasis, in 401 he joined the Greek mercenary force abetting Cyrus’ ill-fated coup against Artaxerxes and—when their commanders were treacherously murdered—he led the Greek survivors out of Asia Minor through what is now Northern Iraq, Kurdistan and Armenia. Later he retired to the Peloponnese, where he farmed and wrote on a wide variety of topics—the Spartan constitution, horsemanship, domestic management and various forms of biography amongst them.

This collection of Greek texts, commentaries, and introduction provides an excellent resource for students of Greek and ancient history. John Kinlich Anderson’s Xenophon provides an accessible yet substantive introduction to the Greek historian, surveying his life, works, and their legacy in ancient literature and enduring worth today. Three Greek texts—complete with expert commentary, summaries, and annotations—make this an excellent place to start your classical study, or augment your library with the most advanced tools applied to the best texts.

Individual Titles:

  • Xenophon by John Kinlich Anderson
  • Xenophon: Fall of Athens, Selections from Hellenika I and II edited by Theodore Horn
  • Xenophon: Oeconomicus edited by Ralph Doty
  • Xenophon: The Persian Expedition, Anabasis edited by J. Antrich and Stephen Usher

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Beginning Greek With Homer

  • Author: Frank Beetham
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 256

Beginning Greek with Homer is ideal for students who want to read Homer in the original language, but don’t know Greek. Acting as both an introduction to the Greek language and to Homer’s classic, the Odyssey, this volume is a course in Classical Greek, and assumes no previous knowledge of the language. In the first six sections, Frank Beetham begins with the Greek alphabet and guides you through a translation exercise, with continual explanations of new words and grammar points. The remainder of the 25 sections take you through the Odyssey with grammatical explanations and exercises.

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Frank Beetham taught classics at Blackpool Grammar School, and adult language learning at the universities of Warwick and Birmingham. He was senior education officer in Warwickshire, responsible for secondary, further, and adult education. His publications include An Introduction to New Testament Greek and a tutor’s manual for the same book.

Josephus

  • Author: Tessa Rajak
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Pages: 272

Josephus, author of the Jewish War and the Jewish Antiquities, belongs equally to Jewish and to Greco-Roman history. A well-to-do priest and Pharisee at Jerusalem, he was a contemporary and chronicler of the great changes which took place in the Roman Empire in the first century AD and a controversial general in the great Jewish revolt of 66–73 against Rome. Tessa Rajak, an ancient historian versed in both Greek and Hebrew, assesses the varied source material to produce a sociological account of the Jewish revolt which casts fresh light on Josephus’ attitudes, placing his achievement in the context of both Jewish values and the Greek historical tradition. This second edition includes a substantial new introduction and bibliography.

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Tessa Rajak is reader in classics at the University of Reading.