Classical Greek and Latin books

It is often thought that the Greek or Roman classics are dense or incomprehensible and full of boring philosophical disquisitions. But nothing is further from reality: they constitute an important legacy of literature and many of them are made up of stories that today would easily be classified as fantastic, adventure or romantic novels, among other genres. The following selection of books is an opportunity to fall in love with the Greek and Latin classics and is aimed both at fearful and suspicious readers and those who are eager to know them and don’t know where to start.

Voices of long echoes: Invitation to read the classics

Extraordinary journeys, adventure novels, plots of love and seduction, war and dream stories… The writer, philologist and Hellenist Carlos García Gual presents in this book the great authors of classical Greco-Latin literature through a simple and familiar language. Thus, readers will discover that almost all literary genres were invented by Greek and Latin authors, from drama and comedy to epic, biography or philosophy. García Gual offers a broad and complete panorama of the best of classical culture, combining biographical notes and historical context with key details to enjoy the work of each author.

Voices of long echoes classical Greek and Latin
  • Author: Carlos Garcia Gual
  • Editorial: ariel

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thoughts to myself

Contrary to what is sometimes thought, the work of Marco Aurelio is that of a man of action who teaches how to act and that of a serene thinker aware that serenity is the essential condition for the search for happiness. In this volume that collects his thoughts and reflections, the emperor expressed his concerns about public and political affairs, as well as disquisitions with himself about the meaning of life and death, justice, the attributes to lead a straight life, how to deal with grievances or their attachment to the pleasures of everyday life. The book is structured in 12 chapters and in the seventh Marco Aurelio noted: ‘Very soon everyone will have forgotten you’. This time, he was wrong.

Thoughts to myself Greek and Latin classics
  • Author: Marcus Aurelius
  • Editorial: nature’s mistakes

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Odyssey

“The great classics of universal literature, in faithful and unapologetic new versions, illustrated and commented with an open mind and a light heart. Welcome to the inalienable pleasure of reading it”. With these words, the new collection ‘Liberated Classics’ from the Blackie Books publishing house is presented, which was inaugurated with Homer’s Odyssey, the history of all Western histories. With a careful hardcover edition and numerous notes on the sides to guide the reader through the various characters, explain facts and historical curiosities or simply offer quotes and opinions from other writers are some of the elements that accompany this classic. The book also includes the short story ‘The Penelope Version’ by Margaret Atwood and micro verse versions by Nick Cave, Augusto Monterroso and Javier Krahe.

Odyssey
  • Author: Homer
  • Editorial: black books

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On the brevity of life, leisure and happiness

The Cordovan philosopher Lucio Anneo Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) is one of the greatest representatives of Stoic philosophy along with Epictectus and Marcus Aurelius. His work has exerted a permanent influence on Western literature and philosophy. This volume brings together three treatises (“De brevitate vitae”, composed in the year 49, “De vita beata”, written around 58, and “De otio”, dated around 62), which examine some of the crucial questions of ethics of all times: the relationship between pleasure and virtue, the search for happiness, the concept of nature applied to the human ideal, the supremacy of reason, the use of time and the dignity of retirement. The Senecan style represents a peak moment of dialogue in the philosophical and literary tradition, where the reader is invited to be the interlocutor of a particular conversation about the art of living that was the object of admiration for authors such as Erasmus, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche or Cioran. .

On the brevity of life, leisure and happiness
  • Author: Seneca
  • Editorial: Cliff

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Aesop’s Fables

The figure of Aesop enjoyed great popularity in classical times, although he was surrounded by an atmosphere of legends that make it difficult to specify any certain information about his biography. The first reference to the writer was made by Herodotus, who relates that this storyteller had been a slave. Anyway, these short stories and their morals have been part of the collective imagination and have endured over time to the present day. The cicada and the ant, the fox and the grapes, the hare and the tortoise or the lying shepherd are some of the fables presented in this volume, accompanied by more than one hundred illustrations by Arthur Rackham; a special edition translated by Pedro Bádenas de la Peña, one of the greatest experts on Aesop.

Aesop's Fables
  • Author: Aesop
  • Editorial: crodelia kingdom

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dialogues

Plato’s influence on Western thought is still impressive, as evidenced by the four paradigmatic dialogues that are brought together in this volume: ‘The Apology of Socrates’, ‘Phaedon’, ‘Banquet’ and ‘Phaedrus’. The ‘Platonic Dialogues’ are considered, together with the extant works of Aristotle, to be the most important collection of philosophical works to date. And it is that for Plato dialogue was the most appropriate tool to advance knowledge. Those compiled in this book represent high points in the history of Western philosophy, and also contain some of the most beautiful pages of European literature.

dialogues

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