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Loeb Epic Essentials

  • Iliad, Volume I
  • Odyssey, Volume I
  • Argonautica
  • Eclogues. Georgics. Aeneid: Books 1–6
  • The Civil War (Pharsalia)

Author - Editorial Staff

Date - 13 October 2023

Time to read - 1 min

  • Iliad, Volume I

    Iliad, Volume I

    Books 1–12

    Homer, A. T. Murray

    The epic tale of wrath and redemption.

    Here is a new Loeb Classical Library edition of Homer’s stirring heroic account of the Trojan war and its passions. The eloquent and dramatic epic poem captures the terrible anger of Achilles, “the best of the Achaeans,” over a grave insult to his personal honor and relates its tragic result: a chain of consequences that proves devastating for the Gree...

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  • Odyssey, Volume I

    Odyssey, Volume I

    Books 1–12

    Homer, A. T. Murray

    The hero’s journey home from war.

    Here is a new Loeb Classical Library edition of the resplendent epic tale of Odysseus’ long journey home from the Trojan War and the legendary temptations, delays, and perils he faced at every turn. Homer’s classic poem features Odysseus’ encounters with the beautiful nymph Calypso; the queenly but wily Circe; the Lotus-eaters, who fed his men their memory-...

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  • Argonautica

    Argonautica

    Apollonius Rhodius, William H. Race

    The Greek epic account of the quest for the golden fleece.

    Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica, composed in the 3rd century BC, is the epic retelling of Jason’s quest for the golden fleece. Along with his contemporaries Callimachus and Theocritus, Apollonius refashioned Greek poetry to meet the interests and aesthetics of a Hellenistic audience, especially that of Alexandria in the Ptolemaic pe...

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  • Eclogues. Georgics. Aeneid: Books 1–6

    Eclogues. Georgics. Aeneid: Books 1–6

    Virgil, H. Rushton Fairclough

    “The classic of all Europe.” —T. S. Eliot

    Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) was born in 70 BC near Mantua and was educated at Cremona, Milan, and Rome. Slow in speech, shy in manner, thoughtful in mind, weak in health, he went back north for a quiet life. Influenced by the group of poets there, he may have written some of the doubtful poems included in our Virgilian manuscripts. All his undou...

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  • The Civil War (Pharsalia)

    The Civil War (Pharsalia)

    Lucan, J. D. Duff

    Epic history.

    Lucan (M. Annaeus Lucanus, AD 39–65), son of wealthy M. Annaeus Mela and nephew of Seneca, was born at Corduba (Cordova) in Spain and was brought as a baby to Rome. In AD 60 at a festival in Emperor Nero’s honor Lucan praised him in a panegyric and was promoted to one or two minor offices. But having defeated Nero in a poetry contest he was interdicted from further recitals or...

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