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Classics in Translation, Volume I
Greek Literature
Edited by Paul L. MacKendrick and Herbert M. Howe

“A stimulating, comprehensive survey of classical antiquity.”
Classical Philology

Here, translated into modern English, are the works of literature, history, science, oratory, and philosophy that constitute the mainstream of classical Greek thought and continue to influence world civilizations. This volume includes:

  • Complete translations of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’ Medea, Aristophanes’ Frogs, and The Constitution of Athens by the “Old Oligarch.”
  • Abridged translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, The Homeric Hymn to Hermes, and Plutarch’s Life of Tiberius Gracchus.
  • Selections from Hesiod and Lucian; from twenty-eight lyric poets including Sappho, Pindar, and Meleagar; from the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides; and from eight Attic orators, including Isocrates and Demosthenes.
  • Selections from the scientific writings of Hippocrates, Archimedes, and Galen.
  • Selections from the pre-Socratic philosophers and from Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and Epictetus.






“The distinctive feature of these two volumes is the fact that the translations are new and in contemporary English.”
Quarterly Journal of Speech

“Atttractive, well-organized, and stimulating.”
The Phoenix

“A valuable addition to any private library.”
The Classical Journal

“Much superior to any previous anthologies of the kind.”
The Journal of General Education



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Classics in Translation, Volume II: Latin Literature
Edited by Paul MacKendrick and Herbert M. Howe

Paperback 1959
LC: 52-010534 PA
445 pp.  6 x 8 1/4
4 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-80895-2
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