The Six Enneads

The Six Enneads

Plotinus

The Six Enneads is the collection of writings of Plotinus, edited and compiled by his student Porphyry. After correcting and naming each treatise, Porphyry wrote a biography of his master, Life of Plotinus, intended to be an Introduction to the Enneads. Porphyry’s edition does not follow the chronological order in which Enneads were written, but responds to a plan of study which leads the learner from subjects related to his…

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The Mythology of All Races; Greek and Roman

The Mythology of All Races; Greek and Roman

William Sherwood Fox

This is Volume 1 of the 13 Volume set ‘Mythology of all Races’. With over 50 full page illustrations, it covers subjects such as: The Regime of Ouranos; Typhon (or Typhoeus) ; the Giants; Establishment of the Regime of Zeus; the Titans; The Plague at Teuthis; Hyakinthos; The Divine Patrons of Corinth; The Families of Danaos and Aigyptos; The Sons of Oidipous, and the Seven against Thebes; The Sons of Pandion; The War with…

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The Discourses of Epictetus

The Discourses of Epictetus

Epictetus

The Discourses of Epictetus are a series of extracts of the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus written down by Arrian c. 108 AD. There were originally eight books, but only four now remain in their entirety, along with a few fragments of the others. This edition includes the Discourses, and two minor works, the Fragments, and the Manual, also known as the Enchiridion.

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A Clear and Compendious History of the Gods and Goddesses

A Clear and Compendious History of the Gods and Goddesses

David Watson

Over 250 years old, this book is what it says, a compendium of all the Roman and Greek gods and goddesses. It explains who the gods were, who their contempories were, as well as information about their altars, oracles, temples, etc. The scanned text on the first few pages is a bit smudged, but the rest of the book is readable. This was printed in 1752, so use of the ‘long s’ (ƒ) is in existence here.

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The Philistines, Their History and Civilization

The Philistines, Their History and Civilization

R. A. S. Macalister

This short monograph on the Philistines is one of the few on these mysterious people. The Philistines may have been emmigrants from Mycenean Greece, part of the ‘Sea People’ migrations of the 12th century BCE. The Philistines occupied an area on the Mediterranian coast approximately corresponding to the current Gaza strip. Macalister covers in some detail Philistine religion. The Philistines fit into an…

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The Syrian Goddess

The Syrian Goddess

Lucian

Lucian of Samosata’s De Dea Syria, (the Syrian Goddess) is one of the most ‘notorious’ classical writings. Not only does it acknowledge that at one time a paramount Goddess was worshipped in regions of the Ancient Near East, it goes into details of the practices of her devotees which later generations considered reprehensible. Nonetheless De Dea played an important role in the development of modern Neopaganism…

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A True Story

A True Story

Lucian

Widely hailed as the first science fiction story, A True Story, by Lucian of Samosata is a voyage to the edges of the universe and reason. Lucian’s fantasy explores not only outer space, but also the Elysian fields, the geography of the Odyssey, and the interior of a giant whale. We get to meet Homer, Pythagoras, Socrates, and other…

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The Works of Lucian of Samosata

The Works of Lucian of Samosata

Lucian

This is the master index for the four volume Fowler and Fowler translation of the works of Lucian of Samosata, which includes most of Lucian’s works. Partial contents: Volume I: Dialogues of the Gods; Prometheus On Caucasus; Voyage To The Lower World. Volume II: The Dependent Scholar; Hermotimus, Or The Rival Philosophies; Alexander…

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The Mimes of the Courtesans

The Mimes of the Courtesans

Lucian

Living at the height of the Roman Empire, Lucian wrote these short dialogues of working girls competing for clients, dishing gossip and candid tips of the trade, men trying to keep their girls’ attention with expensive gifts. It also portrays the dark side of the hetaera’s life: out-of-control parties, blowhard men, and putting up with rough treatment by clients. This translation was published during the 1920s…

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The Argonautica

The Argonautica

Apollonius

The Argonautica tells the story of the journey of Jason and the Argonauts to the land of Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece. In it, Jason is impelled on his quest by King Peleas, who receives a prophecy that a man with one sandal would be his nemesis. Jason, a hero-in-training, loses a sandal in a river, arrives at the court of Peleas, and the epic is set in motion. So Peleas sends Jason off on the ultimate…

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On the Soul

On the Soul

Aristotle

On the Soul is a major treatise by Aristotle on the nature of living things. His discussion centres on the kinds of souls possessed by different kinds of living things, distinguished by their different operations. Thus plants have the capacity for nourishment and reproduction, the minimum that must be possessed by any kind of living organism. Lower animals have, in addition, the powers of sense-perception…

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Nicomachean Ethics

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle

Considered one of the most important historical philosophical works, The Nicomachean Ethics had an important impact upon the European Middle Ages, becoming one of the core works of medieval philosophy. It consists of ten books, originally separate scrolls, and is understood to be based on notes from his lectures at the Lyceum.

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