Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans

Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans

Franz Cumont

This is a study of star-worship collected from all available astrological and astronomical texts from antiquity. Cumont shows that astronomical knowledge was developed over time in the ancient Near East, eventually allowing prediction of phenomena such as the location of the planets, the phases of the moon, and eclipses. This knowledge was used as the basis of a religious system which was integrated into Greek…

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A Bridge Of Roman Histories From Titus Livius To Cornelius Tacitus

A Bridge Of Roman Histories From Titus Livius To Cornelius Tacitus

William Fulbecke

The full title of this book is; “An abridgement, or rather, a bridge of Roman histories to passe the neerest way from Titus Livius to Cornelius Tacitus. Under which (in three bookes) as it were through three arches, for the space of sixe score yeeres, the fame and fortune of the Romans ebbs and flowes”. This is a really old book, over 400 years old. The dialect and the spellings used in it, as you can imagine, are very different from modern English.

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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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Cupid and Psyche

Apuleius

Cupid and Psyche is a story from the Latin novel Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass, written in the 2nd century AD by Apuleius. It concerns the overcoming of obstacles to the love between Psyche (“Soul” or “Breath of Life”) and Cupid (“Desire”), and their ultimate union in a sacred marriage.

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A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities

William Smith

An extremely comprehensive book that covers everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans and Greeks. It takes you from ‘Abaculus’ to ‘Zythus’, with everything inbetween. ‘The study of Greek and Roman Antiquities has, in common with all other philological studies, made great progress in Europe within the last fifty years. The earlier writers on the subject, whose works are contained in the collections of Grosovins and Graevius, display…

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A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus

A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus

Richard Payne Knight

With 25 illustrations. This extended essay on fertility worship in the Classical period was written by Robert Payne Knight, a distinguished English scholar, parlimentarian, writer, and antiquarian. Published in 1786, this book shocked English society to such an extent that Knight took it upon himself to supress it. Although the study of the…

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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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The Eclogues

The Eclogues of Virgil

Virgil

The Eclogues, also called the Bucolics, is the first of the three major works of the Latin poet Virgil. It contains ten pieces, populated by and large with herdsmen imagined conversing and performing amoebaean singing in largely rural settings, whether suffering or embracing revolutionary change or happy or unhappy love. Performed with…

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Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition

Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition

Charles G. Leland

This is essentially an ethnography of practical magic with an Italian flavor. We meet the Goddess of Truffles, learn the details of divining by oil, fire and molten lead; how to bring back the dead, and coerce nature spirits into performing favors. Leland carefully documents his field notes, and includes the full text of numerous spells and songs in Italian, particularly the Tuscan dialect. The text…

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Julian, Philosopher and Emporer and the Last Struggle of Paganism Against Christianity

Julian, Philosopher and Emporer and the Last Struggle of Paganism Against Christianity

Alice Gardner

Chapters include: The Roman World Under Constantine: Parentage of Julian, His Birth and Childhood, Career and End of His Brother Gallus; Julian’s Academic Education; Julian’s Elevation to the Caesarship; Julian’s Caesarship in Gaul; Military Movements in East and West, Julian Becomes Emperor; Death of Constantius, and the Beginning of Julian’s Reign as Sole Augustus; Julian’s Religion and Philosophy; Julian as Religious Reformer and…

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The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

C. Suetonius Tranquillus

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, To which are added, His Lives of the Grammarians, Rhetoricians, and Poets. De vita Caesarum, commonly known as The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.

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The Love Books

The Love Books

Ovid

Illustrated. Includes: The Amores (the Loves), Ars Amatoria (the Art of Love), Remedia Amoris (The Cure for Love) and the fragmentary Medicamina Faciei Feminae (Women’s Facial Cosmetics). This version was published in 1930 in a ‘limited’ edition with sensual art deco illustrations by Jean de Bosschere. The Amores, originally published…

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Meditations

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. It is doubtful that Marcus Aurelius Antoninus ever intended for this book to be published. It is divided into 12 books that chronicle different periods of Marcus’s life. Each book is not in chronological…

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