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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works > Classical, early & medieval

Reinaard Die Vos (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Henri van Daele Reinaard Die Vos (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Henri van Daele; Illustrated by Klaas Verplancke; Translated by Daniel Hugo
R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Reinaard die Vos breek weg van die tradisie van ou fabels of diereverhale. Die vosverhaal is ín bytende satire op die destydse politieke, sosiale en godsdienstige (wan) toestande. Die dinge wat deur die skrywer aan die kaak gestel word, is vandag nog deel van ons samelewing. Henri van Daele het die oorspronklike Middelnederlandse rymende eposse naatloos aanmekaargelas en in soepel prosa herskryf. Daniel Hugo se Afrikaanse vertaling maak dit ook Suid-Afrikaanse volksbesit.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback): Jessie Weston Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback)
Jessie Weston
R70 R56 Discovery Miles 560 Save R14 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. A green horse great and tall; A steed full stiff to guide, In broidered bridle all He worthily bestrides Dating from around 1400 and composed by an anonymous writer, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was first translated and published almost 200 years ago. Its epic nature has not been dimmed by time: the classic story of a knight on a green steed challenging Sir Gawain to a monumental wager, it is a strange tale full of decapitations, seduction and magic. Soon to be brought to the big screen, Sir Gawain is one of the earliest great stories of English literature.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - Rendered Into English Quatrains (Classic Reprint) (Paperback): Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - Rendered Into English Quatrains (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)
Omar Khayyam
R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
New Llanthony Abbey (Paperback): Hugh Allen New Llanthony Abbey (Paperback)
Hugh Allen
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Terence Reader - Selections from Six Plays (Paperback): Terence Terence Reader - Selections from Six Plays (Paperback)
Terence
R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Iliad (Paperback): Homer The Iliad (Paperback)
Homer 1
R80 R64 Discovery Miles 640 Save R16 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Clanless, lawless, homeless is he who is in love with civil war, that brutal ferocious thing.' The epic poem The Iliad begins nine years after the beginning of the Trojan War and describes the great warrior Achilles and the battles and events that take place as he quarrels with the King Agamemnon. Attributed to Homer, The Iliad, along with The Odyssey, is still revered today as the oldest and finest example of Western Literature.

Aesop's Fables (Paperback): Aesop Aesop's Fables (Paperback)
Aesop 1
R70 R56 Discovery Miles 560 Save R14 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.' Living in Ancient Greece in the 5th Century BC, Aesop was said to be a slave and story-teller. His much-loved, enduring fables are revered the world over and remain popular as moral tales for children. With infamous vignettes, such as the race between the hare and the tortoise, the vain jackdaw, and the wolf in sheep's clothing, the themes of the fables remain as fresh today as when they were first told and give an insight into the Ancient Greek world.

Plato: Menexenus (Paperback): David Sansone Plato: Menexenus (Paperback)
David Sansone
R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Plato challenges his readers by depicting an elderly Socrates as an enthusiastic student of rhetoric who has learned from his teacher Aspasia to recite an inspiring funeral oration, an oration that conspicuously refers to events occurring after the deaths of Socrates and Aspasia, an oration that Aspasia, as a woman and a non-Athenian, was not eligible to deliver over the Athenians who died in war. This commentary, the first in English in over 100 years, assists the modern reader in confronting Plato's challenge. The Introduction sets the dialogue in the context of the traditional Athenian funeral oration and of Plato's ongoing critique of contemporary rhetoric. The Commentary, which is well suited to the needs and interests of intermediate students of Classical Greek, provides guidance on grammatical and historical matters, while allowing the student to appreciate Plato's mastery of Greek prose style and critique of democratic ideology.

A Hellenistic Anthology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Neil Hopkinson A Hellenistic Anthology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Neil Hopkinson
R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book is an anthology of Greek poetry written during the third to first centuries BC, the Hellenistic period. It is intended to make available to undergraduates and graduate students a selection of texts which are for the most part not easily accessible elsewhere. The volume contains a wide and representative range of poetry including hymns, didactic verse, pastoral poetry, epigrams and epic. An introduction provides cultural and historical background, and a full commentary elucidates problems of language and reference in the texts. In this second edition, many notes have been rewritten and the bibliography has been updated. The selection has also been augmented with three hundred more lines of Greek text (Theocritus poems 5 and 15), and is now more than 2000 lines in length.

The Odyssey (Paperback): Homer The Odyssey (Paperback)
Homer
R80 R64 Discovery Miles 640 Save R16 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Alas that mortals Should blame the gods! From us, they say, All evils come. Yet they themselves It is who through defiant deeds Bring sorrow on them-far more sorrow Than fate would have them bear.' Attributed to the blind Greek poet, Homer, The Odyssey is an epic tale about cunning and strength of mind. It takes its starting point ten years after the fall of the city of Troy and follows its Greek warrior hero Odysseus as he tries to journey to his home of Ithaca in northwest Greece after the Greek victory over the Trojans. On his travels, Odysseus comes across surreal islands and foreign lands where he is in turn challenged and supported by those that he meets on his travels as he attempts to find his way back home in order to vanquish those who threaten his estate. In turn, his son Telemachus has to grow up quickly as he attempts to find his father and protect his mother from her suitors. Dealing with the universal themes of temptation and courage, the epic journey that Odysseus undertakes is as meaningful today as it was almost 3,000 years ago when the story was composed.

Jane Eyre - Chiltern Edition (Hardcover): Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre - Chiltern Edition (Hardcover)
Charlotte Bronte 1
R550 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Criticism 2018, 10 (Paperback): Chris Agee Criticism 2018, 10 (Paperback)
Chris Agee; Edited by Cathal O'Searcaigh, Kathleen Jamie, Meg Bateman; Editing managed by Jennifer Kerr; Edited by (consulting) …
R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Medea - A New Translation (Paperback): Euripides Medea - A New Translation (Paperback)
Euripides; Translated by Charles Martin; Introduction by A. E Stallings
R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Renowned poet and acclaimed translator Charles Martin faithfully captures Euripides's dramatic tone and style in this searing tale of revenge and sacrifice. The Medea of Euripides is one of the greatest of all Greek tragedies and arguably the one with the most significance today. A barbarian woman brought to Corinth and there abandoned by her Greek husband, Medea seeks vengeance on Jason and is willing to strike out against his new wife and family-even slaughtering the sons she has born him. At its center is Medea herself, a character who refuses definition: Is she a hero, a witch, a psychopath, a goddess? All that can be said for certain is that she is a woman who has loved, has suffered, and will stop at nothing for vengeance. In this stunning translation, poet Charles Martin captures the rhythms of Euripides' original text through contemporary rhyme and meter that speak directly to modern readers. An introduction by classicist and poet A.E. Stallings examines the complex and multifaceted Medea in patriarchal ancient Greece. Perfect in and out of the classroom as well as for theatrical performance, this faithful translation succeeds like no other.

Plato: The Apology of Socrates and Xenophon: The Apology of Socrates (Paperback): Plato, Xenophon Plato: The Apology of Socrates and Xenophon: The Apology of Socrates (Paperback)
Plato, Xenophon; Edited by Nicholas Denyer
R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 399 BC Socrates was prosecuted, convicted, sentenced to death and executed. These events were the culmination of a long philosophical career, a career in which, without writing a word, he established himself as the figure whom all philosophers of the next few generations wished to follow. The Apologies (or Defence Speeches) by Plato and Xenophon are rival accounts of how, at his trial, Socrates defended himself and his philosophy. This edition brings together both Apologies within a single volume. The commentary answers literary, linguistic and philosophical questions in a way that is suitable for readers of all levels, helping teachers and students engage more closely with the Greek texts. The introduction examines Socrates himself, the literature generated by his trial, Athenian legal procedures, his guilt or innocence of the crimes for which he was executed, and the rivalry between Xenophon and Plato.

Sense and Sensibility - Chiltern Edition (Hardcover): Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility - Chiltern Edition (Hardcover)
Jane Austen 1
R534 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Paperback): George Orwell Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Paperback)
George Orwell
R258 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

"Money is what God used to be. Good and evil have no meaning any longer except failure and success." Disgusted by society's materialism, Gordon Comstock leaves his job in advertising to pursue an ill-fated career as a poet. In his race to the bottom, only Rosemary, his long-suffering girlfriend, challenges Gordon's self-destructive course. The novel contains the most sustained reflections on the role of the author and the artistic imagination anywhere in Orwell's fiction, as the book's protagonist struggles (and ultimately fails) to reconcile his romantic-aestheticist sensibilities with the pressures of the literary marketplace and with social expectations. Completed while Orwell travelled north to work on The Road to Wigan Pier, this novel is a key transitional text in his career. Offering a powerful portrayal of the emotional toll of precarity and the desire to break with capitalism, Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a significant work of mid-century British fiction but it also speaks to our own time. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Dragon in the West - From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend (Hardcover): Daniel Ogden The Dragon in the West - From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend (Hardcover)
Daniel Ogden
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An exploration of how the image and idea of the dragon has evolved through history How did the dragon get its wings? Everyone in the modern West has a clear idea of what a dragon looks like and of the sorts of stories it inhabits, not least devotees of the fantasies of J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and George R. R. Martin. A cross between a snake and some fearsome mammal, often sporting colossal wings, they live in caves, lie on treasure, maraud, and breathe fire. They are extraordinarily powerful, but even so, ultimately defeated in their battles with humans. What is the origin of this creature? The Dragon in the West is the first serious and substantial account in any language of the evolution of the modern dragon from its ancient forebears. Daniel Ogden's detailed exploration begins with the drakon of Greek myth and the draco of the dragon-loving Romans, and a look at the ancient world's female dragons. It brings the story forwards though Christian writings, medieval illustrated manuscripts, and the lives of dragon-duelling saints, before concluding with a study of dragons found in the medieval Germanic world, including those of the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf and the Norse sagas.

Pandora's Jar - Women in the Greek Myths (Hardcover): Natalie Haynes Pandora's Jar - Women in the Greek Myths (Hardcover)
Natalie Haynes
R525 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Funny, sharp explications of what these sometimes not-very-nice women were up to, and how they sometimes made idiots of . . . but read on!' - Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry and Greek tragedy, from Homer to Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, from the Trojan War to Jason and the Argonauts. And still, today, a wealth of novels, plays and films draw their inspiration from stories first told almost three thousand years ago. But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women's stories. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil. But Pandora - the first woman, who according to legend unloosed chaos upon the world - was not a villain, and even Medea and Phaedra have more nuanced stories than generations of retellings might indicate. Now, in Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths, Natalie Haynes - broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist - redresses this imbalance. Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, she puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. After millennia of stories telling of gods and men, be they Zeus or Agamemnon, Paris or Odysseus, Oedipus or Jason, the voices that sing from these pages are those of Hera, Athena and Artemis, and of Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Eurydice and Penelope.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback): Jessie Weston Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback)
Jessie Weston
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. A green horse great and tall; A steed full stiff to guide, In broidered bridle all He worthily bestrides Dating from around 1400 and composed by an anonymous writer, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was first translated and published almost 200 years ago. Its epic nature has not been dimmed by time: the classic story of a knight on a green steed challenging Sir Gawain to a monumental wager, it is a strange tale full of decapitations, seduction and magic. Soon to be brought to the big screen, Sir Gawain is one of the earliest great stories of English literature.

The Odyssey of Star Wars - An Epic Poem (Hardcover): Jack Mitchell The Odyssey of Star Wars - An Epic Poem (Hardcover)
Jack Mitchell
R408 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A thrilling retelling of the Star Wars saga in the style of classic epic poetry "I look not to myself but to the Force, In which all things arise and fall away." Journey to a galaxy far, far away like never before-through lyrical verse and meter. Like the tales of Odysseus and Beowulf, the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Jyn Erso, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and the Emperor are fraught with legendary battles, iconic heroes, fearsome warriors, sleek ships, and dangerous monsters. Beginning with Rogue One's rebel heist on Scarif to secure the plans to the Death Star and continuing through the climax of Return of the Jedi, author Jack Mitchell uses the ancient literary form of epic poetry to put a new spin on the Star Wars saga. Punctuated with stunning illustrations inspired by the terracotta art of Greek antiquity, The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem presents the greatest myth of the 20th century as it would have been told nearly 3,000 years ago.

An Account of the Harvard Greek Play (Hardcover): Henry Norman An Account of the Harvard Greek Play (Hardcover)
Henry Norman
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Iliad (Paperback): Homer The Iliad (Paperback)
Homer; Translated by Robert Fitzgerald; Introduction by G.S. Kirk
R190 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R14 (7%) In stock

'Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer.' Atlantic Monthly The Iliad is the story of a few days' fighting in the tenth year of the legendary war between the Greeks and the Trojans, which broke out when Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, abducted the fabulously beautiful Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. After a quarrel between the Greek commander, Agamemnon, and the greatest of the Greek warriors, Achilles, the gods become more closely involved in the action. Their intervention leads to the tragic death of Hector, the Trojan leader, and to the final defeat of the Trojans. But the Iliad is much more than a series of battle scenes. It is a work of extraordinary pathos and profundity that concerns itself with issues as fundamental as the meaning of life and death. Even the heroic ethic itself - with its emphasis on pride, honour, prowess in battle, and submission to the inexorable will of the gods - is not left unquestioned. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Trojan Women - a comic (Paperback): Anne Carson The Trojan Women - a comic (Paperback)
Anne Carson; Artworks by Rosanna Bruno
R291 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R47 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This new comic-book version of Euripides' classic The Trojan Women follows the fates of Hekabe, Andromache and Kassandra after Troy has been sacked and all its men killed. The Trojan Women is a wildly imaginative collaboration between the visual artist Rosanna Bruno and the poet and classicist Anne Carson. Both wacky and devastating, the book gives a genuine representation of how human beings are affected by warfare. All the characters take the form of animals (except Kassandra, whose mind is in another world). Anne Carson collaborated with artist Bianca Stone on their Sophokles reimagining, Antigonick, published by Bloodaxe in 2012. This new collaboration with Rosanna Bruno couldn't be more different. Rosanna Bruno is an artist who makes paintings, comics and bad puns. Her first book, The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson (Andrews McMeel, 2017), is a book of cartoons based on the myth of her life.

A Thing of Beauty - Travels in Mythical and Modern Greece (Hardcover): Peter Fiennes A Thing of Beauty - Travels in Mythical and Modern Greece (Hardcover)
Peter Fiennes
R500 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Essential reading' Helen Morales What do the Greek myths mean to us today? It's now a golden age for these tales - they crop up in novels, films and popular culture. But what's the modern relevance of Theseus, Hera and Pandora? Were these stories ever meant for children? And what's to be seen now at the places where heroes fought and gods once quarrelled? Peter Fiennes travels to the sites of some of the most famous Greek myths, on the trail of hope, beauty and a new way of seeing what we have done to our world. Fiennes walks through landscapes - stunning and spoiled - on the trail of dancing activists and Arcadian shepherds, finds the 'most beautiful beach in Greece', consults the Oracle, and loses himself in the cities, remote villages and ruins of this storied land.

The Divine Comedy - Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Royal Collector's Edition) (Case Laminate Hardcover with Jacket):... The Divine Comedy - Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Royal Collector's Edition) (Case Laminate Hardcover with Jacket): Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (Hardcover)
Dante Alighieri; Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
R1,300 Discovery Miles 13 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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