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A Loeb Classical Library Reader

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$9.95 • £8.95 • €9.95

ISBN 9780674996168

Publication Date: 03/30/2006


240 pages

4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches

Loeb Classical Library


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A winsome book, only 6 ½ inches high, the Reader differs from classical anthologies that one typically sees on bookstore shelves: It provides not only a translation of the selections but also the text in the original Greek or Latin. Its appearance carries on the tradition of the Loeb Classical Library® and celebrates the publication of the 500th title in a series that began in 1912.—Michael Poliakoff, The Wall Street Journal

If medals were given for heroic achievements in the publishing world, a big, bright, shiny gong would surely have been awarded long ago to the Loeb Classical Library®A Loeb Classical Library Reader is a trim little paperback, consisting of short extracts from 33 of Loeb’s authors. It is an easily accessible, genuinely pocket-sized anthology.—Anthony Lejeune, The Tablet

Here you will find old friends; Odysseus planning to dangle underneath a ram as he escapes the Cyclops or Plato (this translation from 1914) reporting Socrates’ last words in an Athenian jail hours before the ‘corrupter of the youth’ drinks hemlock at the state’s behest… Although the Reader—like all anthologies (literally a gathering of flowers, but of course only a scoopful of petals)—is frustrating (the excerpts stop just as you are hooked, so we never hear Socrates delivering his mnemonic line ‘it is time to depart, for me to die, for you to live; which of us takes the better course, god only knows’) it does carry cogent gobbets.—Bettany Hughes, The Times

A small book that has been my companion on every train and bus journey for the past two weeks… It is a pocket-sized selection of some of the greatest writers who ever lived… Most of the passages in the book are all the better for being highly familiar—Medea contemplating the murder of her own children, Socrates dismissing his wife so that he can die talking bravely with chaps about the afterlife, Laocoon fearing the Greeks, even when bringing gifts such as the Trojan horse.—A.N. Wilson, The Daily Telegraph

It is ideal reading for bar, bus, bed or beach. Everyone, teacher and taught alike, should have one. It is this year’s must-have present.—Peter Jones, Journal of Classics Teaching

These texts give us our first glimpse into early post–New Testament Christianity. They show continuity in form (letters), development and change in form (Shepherd of Hermas) and theological expression. This edition is a must for every academic library and for all scholars interested in the New Testament and early Christianity.—Edgar Krentz, Religious Studies Review

Even for those with little Latin and less Greek, this compendium will bring enormous pleasure. Loeb is, indeed, a many-splendoured thing.—Peter Jones, The Spectator

This little book is a delight to hold and to read… You would, if you’re remotely interested in books, be hard-pressed to find anything better anywhere on which to spend your money.—Bradley Winterton, The Taipei Times

This anthology provides a leisurely flat-rock skip across the wide, roistering seas of ancient experience. Nevertheless, while the current general editor, Jeffrey Henderson, claims that selecting passages for the Reader ‘occasioned no little debate’ among those charged with the choosing, the result satisfies… These byway pieces most of us never read in school, and they remind us that more always waits to be discovered. And raising the curtain on the slightest portions of these treasures may be this anthology’s greatest virtue.—Tracy Lee Simmons, The Weekly Standard

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