Classics of the Ancient World

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Quadrivium
The Four Classical Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music, & Cosmology
Anthony Ashton, Miranda Lundy, John Martineau,Dr. Jason Martineau, Daud Sutton
The quadrivium—the classical curriculum—comprises the four liberal arts of number, geometry, music, and cosmology. It was studied from antiquity to the Renaissance as a way of glimpsing the nature of reality. Geometry is number in space; music is...
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The Aeneid
Virgil
From the award-winning translator of The Iliad and The Odyssey comes a brilliant new translation of Virgil’s great epic With his translations of Homer’s classic poems, Robert Fagles gave new life to seminal works of the Western canon and became one...
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The Pillow Book
Sei Shōnagon
Gossipy and poignant and delightful in equal measure. To be nibbled in small bites, not gulped.—Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the 2nd century.
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
A new translation, with an Introduction, by Gregory Hays  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121–180) succeeded his adoptive father as emperor of Rome in a.d. 161—and Meditations remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever...
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The Odyssey
Homer
Robert Fagles's translation is a jaw-droppingly beautiful rendering of Homer's Odyssey, the most accessible and enthralling epic of classical Greece. Fagles captures the rapid and direct language of the original Greek, while telling the story of...
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The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
Ernest Fenollosa, Ezra Pound
This important and much-disputed essay edited by Ezra Pound from the manuscript of Ernest Fenollosa (and published in Instigations, London, 1920) has since gone through several editions, despite the ridicule of such sinologists as Professor George...