Books by Classics Faculty

  • Latin for the New Millennium, Level 3 Student Text
    co-edited by LeaAnn A. Osburn

    Latin for the New Millennium provides students a comprehensive grounding in the full legacy of Latin literature.

    LNM Level 3 is designed for all Latin 3 students irrespective of the text they used for Latin 1 and 2. Extensive review materials as well as ample vocabulary and grammar/syntax notes make this text especially student-friendly.

    LNM Level 3 builds on the strong foundation of Levels 1 and 2 and provides students an in-depth experience of Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Ovid, and Vergil as well as of the Renaissance writer Erasmus. This text provides students an introduction to unadapted Latin literature and builds their literary analysis skills.

  • Latin for the New Millennium, Latin 3 Select Latin Enrichment Readings
    co-edited by LeaAnn A. Osburn

    This short reader offers exposure to Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Ovid, and Vergil as well as the baroque-era poets Lieven De Meyere and Mathias Casimir Sarbiewski. Ample notes and vocabulary aids assist students reading these unadapted Latin passages. Incorporate this reader near the end of your grammar lessons to accustom students to reading a variety of unadapted Latin authors and genres, use it to fill those last 3 to 4 weeks of the semester after finishing Latin 2, or use it as an enrichment text for Latin 3.

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    co-authored with Iain Gardner and Jason BeDuhn)

    In Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings the authors explore evidence arising from their project to edit the Chester Beatty Kephalaia codex. This new text presents Mani at the heart of Sasanian Iran in dialogue with its sages and nobles, acting as a cultural mediator between East and West and interpreter of Christian, Iranian, and Indian traditions. Nine chapters study Mani’s appropriation of the ‘law of Zarades’ and of Iranian epic; suggest a new understanding of his last days; and analyse his formative role in the history of late antique religions. 

    These interdisciplinary studies advance research in several fields and will be of interest to scholars of Manichaeism, Sasanian Iran, and the development of religions in Late Antiquity.

  • Book Cover, Literary, Philosophical, and Religious Studies in the Platonic Tradition
    Edited by John F. Finamore and John Phillips

    This anthology contains twelve papers on various aspects of Platonism, ranging from Plato's Republic to the Neoplatonism of Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus and Hermias, to the use of Platonic philosophy by Cudworth and Schleiermacher. The papers cover topics in ethics, psychology, religion, poetics, art, epistemology, and metaphysics.

  • Cover, Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age

    In Alexander to Actium, Peter Green surveys the Hellenistic Age, the three extraordinary centries from the death of Alexander in 323 BC to Octavian's final defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium.  With the help of over 200 illustrations, Green presents the cultural development of the Hellenistic Age as a single, evolving, interrelated continuum.

  • Cover, Thomas Legge: Solymitana Clades
    Robert Ketterer and Robert J. Lordi

    Facsimile edition of Legge's Destruction of Jerusalem, adapted in the Senecan style from Josephus' History of the Jewish Wars and performed in Cambridge around 1590.

  • Cover, Love by the Numbers: Form and Meaning in the Poetry of Catullus
    Helena Dettmer

    The poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus survived antiquity by the slimmest of threads. This study concerns the controversial issue of whether the order of the collection was contrived by the poet himself. Love by the Numbers offers new and compelling evidence that Catullus shaped the work into an exquisitely interrelated whole. The aesthetic patterning is highly significant because it offers fresh solutions to longstanding problems of text and interpretation. The development of deeply learned philological analysis in the service of elucidating widely applicable human concerns makes this book a relative rarity in the field of Classics, a work of hard scholarship that informs a human sensibility toward matters of the heart.

  • Mary Depew and Dirk Obbink

    The literary genres given shape by the writers of classical antiquity are central to our own thinking about the various forms literature takes. Examining those genres, the essays collected here focus on the concept and role of the author and the emergence of authorship out of performance in Greece and Rome.

    In a fruitful variety of ways the contributors to this volume address the questions: what generic rules were recognized and observed by the Greeks and Romans over the centuries; what competing schemes were there for classifying genres and accounting for literary change; and what role did authors play in maintaining and developing generic contexts? Their essays look at tragedy, epigram, hymns, rhapsodic poetry, history, comedy, bucolic poetry, prophecy, Augustan poetry, commentaries, didactic poetry, and works that "mix genres."

  • Book Cover, Iamblichus De Anima: Text, Translation, and Commentary
    John F. Finamore and John M. Dillon

    This edition of the fragments of Iamblichus' major work on the soul, De Anima, is accompanied by the first English translation of the work and a commentary which explains the philosophical background and Iamblichus' doctrine of the soul.

  • Book Cover, From Ikaria to the Stars
    Peter Green

    Using the need for myth as the starting point for exploring a number of topics in Greek mythology and history, Green advances new ideas about why the human urge to make myths persists across the millennia and why the borderland between mythology and history can sometimes be hard to map.