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The Classical Greek Reader


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Preface; Introduction; Part One:Preclassical; Homer:The Iliad; Homer: The Odyssey; Hesiod: Theogony; Hesiod: Works and Days; Anonymous: Homeric Hymns: Hymn to Aphrodite; Archilochos: Lyrics; Thales of Miletus: Water; Terpandros: Lyrics; Alkman: Lyrics; Alcaeus: Lyrics; Solon:Lyrics and Law Codes; Sappho: Lyrics; Stesichoros: Lyrics; Anacreon: Lyrics; Simonides: Lyrics; Anaximander: On Nature; Anaximenes: Air; Theognis: Lyrics; Aesop:Fables; Pythagoras: The Golden Verses; Xenophanes: On Nature and Lyrics ; Part Two:Classical; Pindar: Olympian Ode 2; Korinna: Lyric Fragments; Aeschylus: The Eumenides; Pricles: Funeral Oration(from Thucydes); Heraclitus: On Nature; Parmenides: On Nature; Telesilla: Lyric Fragments; Empedocles: Fragments and On Nature; Anaxagoras: On Nature; Protagoras: Fragments; Sophocles: Antigone; Herodotus: The History; Zeno: On Motion; Euripides: Alcestis; Hippocrates: The Physician's Oath; Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War; ; Socrates: Speech to the Athenians (from Plato's Apology); Praxilla: Lyrics; Aristophanes: Lysistrata; Lysias: The Olympiacus; Isocrates: Oration to Philip; Plato: The Republic; Xenophon: Anabasis; Aeneas the Tactician: On the Defense of Fortified Positions; Aeschines: Against Timarchus ; Aristotle: Poetics; Demosthenes: On the Crown; "Theophrastus"Tyrtamos: The Characters; Menander: The Dyskolos; Epicurus: Letter to Herodotus; Euclid: The Elements of Geometry; Leonidas of Tarentum: Lyrics; Theocritus: Thyrsis: The Death of Daphinis; Apollonius of Rhodes: The Voyage of Argo (Argonautica); Archimedes: The Sand-reckoner ; Part Three:Postclassical; Polybius: The General History of the Wars of the Romans; Nicander: Theriaca; Bion: Lament for Adonis; Strabo: The Geography; Meleager: Lyrics; Dionysius of Halicarnassus: The Roman Antiquities; Dioscorides: Materia medica; "Longinus": On the Sublime; Epictetus: The Encheiridion (Handbook); Plutarch: The Life of Alexander the Great and Against Going into Debt; Dio(n) Chrysostomos: The Hunters of Euboea; Lucian: Lyrics and Dialogues; Ptolemy: The Almagest; Apollodorus: The Library; Pausanias: The Acropolis of Athens; Galen: On the Natural Facilities; Plotinus: True Happiness; Longus: Daphnis and Chloe; Athenaeus: The Sophists at Dinner; Heliodorus: Aethiopica ; Greek Gods / Heroes, Roman Counterparts; Landmarks of Greek History; Glossary; Sources & Recommendations; Acknowledgementd; Index

About the Author

Kenneth J. Atchity, a former professor at Occidental College and Fulbright Professor at the University of Bologna, is the author and editor of many books, including The Renaissance Reader, Homer's Iliad, Homer: Critical Essays, and The Classical Roman Reader. He resides in Los Angeles, California.


"Atchity's passionate connection to a lost and compelling world underlies every entry in his page-turning Classical Greek Reader....It is Athcity's introduction to the minor, yet memorable, characters that lends a distinctive poignancy and charm to this survey."--Smithsonian "Excellent selections as well as graceful, accurate translations....An ideal reader for introductory courses to Greek culture at the undergraduate level."--Dan O' Bryan, Sierra Nevada College "Atchity deserves commendations for including authors not normally found in English translation surveys....The diversity of voices and topics, drawn from 700 years of Roman history, allows for a fairly complete overview not afforded by most Latin readers....This book is recommended for all undergraduate libraries."--Religious Studies Review "A magnificent achievement."--The Bookwatch "This is a principled, courageous, literate, and sensitive anthology that deserves widespread use in appropriate courses--or on one's own--and will richly reward it. It begins with Homer, of course, and it ends with Heliodorus. In between is an intelligent and original selection of self-articulating works."--Tom Clayton, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis "What enchanting musings from Kenneth Atchity, musings that color the thrills of entering the ancient world, musings that clearly guide the reader to explore the words and lives of the classical writers. A well-organized, well-written introduction to the classics!"--Joyce Marie Miller, Collin City County Community College, Plano TX "The selections are balanced for genre, period, outlook, and style and seem to be uniformly well translated. I admire the decision to include technical, historical, late, and lyric work."--Philip O'Mara, Bridgewater College "This interesting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts of authors from Homer to Heliodorus should give the beginner an insight into classical Greek civilization."--Patricia P. Matsen, University of South Carolina, Columbia

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