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Herodotus for beginners?

I just got a copy of the Tom Holland translation of Herodotus out of the library. I am not a student of Classical Lit (before this I've only read Homer and the tragedians), but a creative writer following a hunch that Herodotus might help with the project I'm currently working on. Any ideas where to start in The Histories? What to look for when reading? What you loved about reading it? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Feb 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Non-spoiler guide to classic books

Hi folks -- I'm getting ready to read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Was wondering if there's a site that serves as a guide to classic books -- one that gives the reader some background on the book without giving away the plot. Couldn't find anything on Google although did not do an extensive search.
posted by gilast on Jan 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Pythagorean Theorem in the original Greek

I'm looking for a textual version of a2 + b2 = c2 that is as old as possible, among all the Greek sources. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

"Silver spires threaten the skies.” - any classicists among us?

Silver spires threaten the skies.” - I’m looking for a source and some context. I jotted this sentence down years ago on a piece of paper which I subsequently lost. I believe it was a comment by a critic (or observer?) of the building boom begun by the Roman Emperor Augustus. I want to say the comment was made by Livy, but he might be too early for a source. Any classicists out there? Thanks in advance…
posted by janey47 on May 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Nothing on my bookshelf was written by a woman. Help!

I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Oct 24, 2012 - 52 answers

Looking for some heavy summer reading.

I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka on Jul 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Fiction Novel with the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it?

Excluding the Bible (which depending on your point of view is not a fictional tome) what book has (to date) had the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jan 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Good edition of The Ambassadors

Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Why is politics a noble profession ?

Why is politics a noble profession? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 5, 2011 - 12 answers

The Harvard Classics

Dad has a bookcase of Harvard Classics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Classics) his dad bought in 1910. Would like to give them to someone or an organization. They're not too rare; plenty on ebay. I'm googled out. Don't want to throw them away. Thanks.
posted by jara1953 on Sep 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Classic English literature

Help me find classic English literature! [more inside]
posted by coolnik on May 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Must See Movies

What were the movies that made you go WOW? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jan 5, 2009 - 98 answers

Literature sites in spanish?

Do you know any good sites in Spanish about literature, preferably with an emphasis on classic books or writers? Sites about both international and Spanish/Latin American literature are welcome. [more inside]
posted by ersatz on May 8, 2008 - 7 answers

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