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This selection of lapidary nuggets drawn from 33 of antiquity's major authors includes poetry, dialogue, philosophical writing, history, descriptive reporting, satire and fiction - giving a glimpse at the wide range of arts and sciences, thought and styles, of Greco-Roman culture....

Title : A Loeb Classical Library Reader
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ISBN : 9780674996168
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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A Loeb Classical Library Reader Reviews

  • James
    2019-05-02 04:18

    I really liked this - it is a sampler of ancient greek and roman literature, with a lot of famous passages from mythology. It also includes the text in the original languages, which was lost on me but probably good for someone who studied classics.

  • Daniel Wright
    2019-05-11 07:53

    An indescribably wonderful, if tantalizing, little book. I'm more than a little annoyed with myself for not discovering the Loeb collection earlier.

  • Douglas Dalrymple
    2019-05-17 06:04

    As a friend said to me when I picked this up at Powell’s, “that would make a nice bathroom book.” Indeed. It would do equally well as a bedside book for those evenings when you feel yourself maybe 3-5 pages from sleep. I do have some complaints about the selections, of course. Some of them are just too short, and they could have done better by Herodotus, Plato, and Aristotle. Fragments from Heraclitus would also have been nice, and some Diogenes Laertius for fun.

  • Drew
    2019-05-10 08:56

    This reader was just a joy to work through. A nice selection of classic Greek and Latin texts, with the original language opposite an English translation. It was fun to try to remember some of my Greek and also to try to work through some Latin that I could figure out from experience, English vocabulary and knowing a little Spanish. I'd read some of the pieces, but most of the Latin selections were new to me.I really enjoyed Terence's play "The Brothers" (p. 126) with regard to how to raise children: the authoritarian vs the loving way. Cicero's "On Duties" (p. 132) was excellent. One thing he wrote was that one should not enrich themselves by stealing from their neighbors. I thought of the idea of the "social contract" and was pleased to see that this work has had such an impact up through today.It was very exciting to read Pliny the Younger's letter about the eruption of Vesuvius that killed his uncle, Pliny the Elder (p. 207). To read a first hand account, even though it was written many years after the eruption, was thrilling. It rooted a historical experience into a personal frame.And finally, I loved the Latin phrase that Virgil coined in his Aeneid (p. 152): "Timeo Danous et dona ferentis" ... 'I fear the Greeks, even when bringing gifts.'

  • Jim
    2019-05-20 02:58

    I am troubled by the contempt that the young appear to feel for anything they regard as "ancient history." The old Greeks and Romans were not noticeably different from us. Perhaps we feel somewhat alienated from the old Olympian religious myths, which is understandable, but in most other respects, their thoughts and feelings are not markedly different than our own.This collection from Harvard's Loeb Classical Library contains some 33 snippets from Homer's Odyssey to the letters of St. Jerome. This is a delightful little vade mecum to take with you when there is a possibility that you will have to wait for a few minutes. You will find yourself reveling in Odysseus's escape from the Cyclops; Antigone's defiance of Creon in Sophocles's play; General Nicias's attempt to dissuade the Greeks from their disastrous invasion of Syracuse; Socrates's advice to his friends as he is about to be executed; Romulus's Rape of the Sabine Women; and Petronius's brutal satire of the nouveau riche Trimalchio.The Loeb Classical Library Reader comes in a pocket-sized edition that enables you to acquaint yourself with some of the greatest thinkers and poets of all time.

  • Michael Cayley
    2019-04-30 09:00

    This is an anthology of relatively short, interesting and well-chosen extracts from books in the Loeb Classical Library, with texts in Greek and Latin and facing, fairly literal translations. It is a small book, easy to slip into the pocket or a travel bag, and a delight to dip into, even if your Greek or Latin is nonexistent (if you have some knowledge of those languages, the original text is a good bonus). Most of the major Greek and Roman authors are represented.

  • Bryan
    2019-05-10 08:04

    excellent overview of classic authors, not just the aristotles and sophocles but some less commonly known names as well. however, the translations are doggedly literal, often turn-of-the-century (the 19th one, not this one) and, as such, can be pretty dry.

  • Sven
    2019-05-13 07:09

    Five stars. No regrets.

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-19 02:20


  • Mark Feltskog
    2019-05-12 05:57

    I know this is an odd complaint for a title from the Loeb Library, but I found the translations on the rectos left something to be desired.