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Ovid

K. Sara Myers

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2009-12-14

Ovid Introduction All of Ovid’s poetry bears the hallmarks of his distinctive style: humor, wit (often expressed through word play), great ...

Pindar

Mary R. Lefkowitz

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2009-12-14

Pindar Introduction Pindar has been admired since antiquity for the dramatic brilliance of his poetry. Of the various genres in which he wr...

Alexander the Great

Joseph Roisman

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2011-04-14

Alexander the Great Introduction It has been said about Alexander the Great (b. 356–d. 323 bce) that his name marked the end of an old world ep...

Historiography, Greek

Christopher A. Baron

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Greek Historiography Introduction The writing of history in ancient Greece, an activity which occurred over a period of one thousand years (50...

Martial

Patricia A. Johnston

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Martial Introduction Most of what we know of the origin and early life of Marcus Valerius Martialis (Martial) has been gleaned from his works:...

Plato

Luc Brisson, Richard Dufour

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Plato Introduction Born at Athens in a family of noble descent, Plato (b. c. 428–427– d. c. 348–347 bce), naturally sought throughout his life...

Catullus

David Konstan

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2009-12-14

Catullus Introduction Catullus, a master of lyric poetry, epigram, and other forms during the late Roman Republic, was born in Verona in 87 bc...

Political Philosophy, Greek and Roman

Jed W. Atkins

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2012-12-19

Greek and Roman Political Philosophy Introduction In this bibliography “Greek and Roman political philosophy” is taken to mean philosophical r...

Sparta

Lukas Thommen

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2011-05-25

Sparta Introduction Alongside Athens, Sparta is considered as the second mighty polis in the Greek world and has always attracted admiration as...

Languages, Italic

Philip Baldi, Gabriel C.L.M. Bakkum

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Italic Languages Introduction The Italic languages are a group of cognate languages spoken throughout middle and southern Italy before the pre...

Carthage, Punic

Richard Miles

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Punic Carthage Introduction Founded in the 8th century bce on the North African littoral by Phoenician settlers from Tyre, Carthage had by 500...

Nepos, Cornelius

Rex Stem

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2014-02-25

Cornelius Nepos Introduction Cornelius Nepos (b. c. 110–d. c. 25 bce) is the first biographer in Latin whose works survive and the first biogr...

Economy, Roman

Dennis Kehoe

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Roman Economy Introduction As in other preindustrial societies, the economy of the Roman Empire was based on agriculture, which employed the v...

Tacitus

Dylan Sailor

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2009-12-14

Tacitus Introduction Publius Cornelius Tacitus (the name Publius is likely, but not certain) was born around 56 ce, probably in Narbonese o...

Novel, Roman

Edmund Cueva

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2012-05-23

Roman Novel Introduction “Roman novel?” “Did the Romans have novels?” The Romans did not have a term for what we now consider the “novel” as a...

Cicero

Catherine Steel

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2009-12-14

Cicero Introduction Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 bce) was a prominent lawyer and politician, active at Rome during the final decades of ol...

Democritus

John Palmer

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2013-06-25

Democritus Introduction Democritus of Abdera (c. 460–c. 360 bc) developed the atomist physical theory of Leucippus into a comprehensive philos...

Polybius

Craige Champion

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Polybius Introduction Polybius is the most important source for the rise of Roman imperialism during the Middle Roman Republic (c. 265–c. 150

Literature, Hellenistic

Dee Clayman

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2009-12-14

Hellenistic Literature Introduction The Hellenistic era, so named by J. G. Droysen, begins with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 bce

Sport

Zinon Papakonstantinou

Subject: Classics »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Sport Introduction Sport was practiced in ancient Greece since at least the Bronze Age; however, athletic activities are not extensively docume...

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