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  1. 19.8 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War. Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war. Soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished, hero and coward, men, women, young, old—The Iliad evokes in poignant, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War. And, as told by Homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages. Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander’s new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source—a translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power.

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    The Iliad

    Translated by Caroline Alexander
    19.8 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.1 hrs • 2/4/2016 • Unabridged

    This brilliant new treatment of the oldest epic in the world is a literary event. Esteemed translator and bestselling author Stephen Mitchell breathes life into a 3,700-year-old classic, delivering a lithe and muscular rendering that shows how startlingly alive Gilgamesh is, how filled with intelligence and beauty. It is the story of literature’s first hero, an historical king of Uruk in Babylonia, and his journey of self-discovery. Along the way, Gilgamesh discovers that friendship can bring peace to a whole city and that wisdom can be found only when the quest for it is abandoned.

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    Gilgamesh

    A translation by Stephen Mitchell
    4.1 hrs • 2/4/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.4 hrs • 4/24/2015 • Unabridged

    These selected poems by Edward Thomas (1878-1917) are read by Greg Wagland for Magpie Audio. The selection is as follows: “March” “Old Man” “Tears” “But These Things Also” “Melancholy” “The Glory” “Words” “Aspens” “This is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong” “Rain” “No One So Much As You” “The Sun Used to Shine” “As the Team’s Head-Brass” “Gone, Gone Again” “Lights Out” “The Lane”

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    Edward Thomas: Selected Poems

    0.4 hrs • 4/24/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 14.0 hrs • 9/16/2014 • Unabridged

    “Anger be now your song, immortal one,Akhilleus’ anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter lossand crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men—carrionfor dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.”—Lines 1-6 Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Robert Fitzgerald’s prizewinning translation of Homer’s battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. Fitzgerald’s work is accessible, ironic, faithful, written in a swift vernacular blank verse. This definitive translation of Homer’s epic is timeless in its authority and always fresh in its vivid rendering of the preeminent war story of the Western world.

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    The Iliad

    Translated by Robert Fitzgerald
    Read by Dan Stevens
    14.0 hrs • 9/16/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.3 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Abridged

    Virgil’s Aeneid, one of the greatest classical poems, tells the story of Aeneas, son of Priam, after the fall of Troy. His quest is to find the site “in the west” where he will found a new town prophesized to be the seat of a world empire—Rome. This great poem, in a modern translation by Cecil Day Lewis, is superbly read by the great classical actor Paul Scofield, with Jill Balcon.

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    Aeneid

    5.3 hrs • 8/21/14 • Abridged
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  6. 1.2 hrs • 4/9/2014 • Unabridged

    Shakespeare’s Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published in 1609, four hundred years ago, by Mr. Thomas Thorpe. Naxos AudioBooks marks the occasion with a selection of eighty of the finest, read by leading actors. The selection includes famous ones such as “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” as well as lesser well-known sonnets of equally fine stature.

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    From Shakespeare with Love

    Directed by David Timson
    Read by various narrators
    1.2 hrs • 4/9/14 • Unabridged
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    16.1 hrs • 10/11/2011 • Unabridged

    TOLSTOY CALLED THE ILIAD A miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer’s story is thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations haven’t been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original. In Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad, the epic story resounds again across 2,700 years, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flows in every word. And we are there with them, amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful. Mitchell’s Iliad is the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In addition, Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation. Now, thanks to Stephen Mitchell’s scholarship and the power of his language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life.

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    The Iliad

    Translated by Stephen Mitchell
    16.1 hrs • 10/11/11 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.6 hrs • 6/30/2011 • Unabridged

    Originally written in Icelandic in the thirteenth century AD by an anonymous author, The Story of The Volsungs is a legendary saga based on Norse mythology. The epic describes the legendary history and heroic feats of several generations of mythic Viking families and derives from many sources, including preexisting Edda, or heroic poems, Norse legends, historical events, and orally transmitted folklore. The saga is imbued throughout with themes of power, jealousy, love, vengeance, and fear. Often considered a critical influence on such later works as Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Story of the Volsungs is a powerful epic that continues to resonate for modern listeners. This edition—which includes excerpts from the Poetic Eddas, one of the sources of The Story of the Volsungs—is the translation by William Morris and Eirikr Magnússon.

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    The Story of the Volsungs

    Translated by William Morris and Eiríkur Magnússon
    4.6 hrs • 6/30/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 1.9 hrs • 7/1/2010 • Unabridged

    Aristotle’s Poetics is the earliest-surviving work of dramatic theory and the first fully intact philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory. In it, the respected Greek sage offers an account of what he calls poetry (which the Greeks understood to literally mean “making”), examining its first principles and identifying its genres and basic elements, including what he terms drama-comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play as well as lyric poetry, epic poetry, and iambic pentameter, which he always associates with wit. 

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    Aristotle

    1.9 hrs • 7/1/10 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.0 hrs • 3/29/2010 • Unabridged

    When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came Grendel stalking. Thus begins the battle between good and evil, for lying in wait and anxious to challenge the ogre Grendel is a young man, strong-willed and fire-hearted. This man is Beowulf, whose heroic dragon-slaying deeds were sung in the courts of Anglo-Saxon England more than a thousand years ago. Beowulf is the only native English heroic epic. In the figure of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters, the unknown author depicts the life and outlook of a pagan age. The poem is a subtle blending of themes—the conflict of good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Its skillful arrangement of incidents and use of contrast and parallel show it to be the product of a highly sophisticated culture.

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    Beowulf

    Anonymous author
    Translated by Francis B. Gummere
    3.0 hrs • 3/29/10 • Unabridged
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    3.0 hrs • 9/15/2009 • Unabridged

    This classic epic revolves around the battle between the Franks and the Moors in 778. Though he has grown up in poverty in a cave in Italy, Roland is in fact descended from great heroes of old. Since his youth, his mother has taught him that someday he will be a brave hero like his father, Milon, and serve with the great army of his uncle, Charlemagne. When King Charlemagne comes to Italy, he rejoices to find his long-lost sister and nephew and gives them places of honor in his court. As Roland becomes a man and a knight, he embarks on a quest to the Far East and becomes the champion of the Princess of Cathay. One of the great medieval “songs of great deeds,” this is a composite of several hero legends interlaced with Christian moral sentiments. A remarkable panorama of medieval life and thought, The Song of Roland truly reflects the spirit of the times.

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    The Song of Roland by Unknown

    The Song of Roland

    Translated by D. D. R. Owen
    Read by a full cast
    3.0 hrs • 9/15/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 10.8 hrs • 6/11/2009 • Unabridged

    Greek poet Homer established the standard for tales of epic quests and heroic journeys with the Odyssey. Crowded with characters, both human and nonhuman, and bursting with action, the Odyssey details the adventures of Ulysses, king of Ithaca and hero of the Trojan War, as he struggles to return to his home and his waiting, ever-faithful wife, Penelope. Along the way Ulysses encounters the seductive Circe, who changes men into swine; the gorgeous water-nymph Calypso, who keeps him a “prisoner of love” for seven years; the terrible, one-eyed, man-eating giant Cyclops; and a host of other ogres, wizards, sirens, and gods. But when he finally reaches Ithaca after ten years of travel, his trials have only begun. There he must battle the scheming noblemen who, thinking him dead, have demanded that Penelope choose one of them to be her new husband—and Ithaca’s new king. Often called the “second work of Western literature” (the Iliad, also by Homer, being the first), the Odyssey is not only a rousing adventure drama but also a profound meditation on courage, loyalty, family, fate, and undying love. More than three thousand years old, it was the first story to delineate carefully and exhaustively a single character arc—a narrative structure that serves as the foundation and heart of the modern novel.

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    The Odyssey

    10.8 hrs • 6/11/09 • Unabridged
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    25.0 hrs • 10/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife, Penelope. Though the stormy god of the ocean has sworn vengeance against him, and witches and sirens try to lure him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side.

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    Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey by Homer

    Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
    25.0 hrs • 10/1/08 • Unabridged
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    11.5 hrs • 10/1/2008 • Unabridged

    One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy, vengeful god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side. With wit, integrity, and bravery, Odysseus must escape the grip of the fearsome Cyclops, resist the deadly seductions of sirens and witches, and traverse the land of the dead to commune with his fallen comrades before returning to his beloved wife, who has waited for him for twenty years. A storehouse of Greek folklore and myth, Homer’s epic tale remains as captivating today as it was 2,700 years ago.

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    Odyssey by Homer

    Odyssey

    Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
    11.5 hrs • 10/1/08 • Unabridged
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    14.0 hrs • 7/1/2008 • Unabridged

    This enduring masterpiece tells of the epic quest of Aenas, who flees the ashes of Troy to found a new civilization: Rome. A unique hero, Aenas struggles and fights not for personal gain but for a civilization that will exist in the far future. Caught between passion and fate, his vision would change the course of the Western world. Virgil, Rome’s greatest poet, turned a mythical legend into a national epic that would survive Rome’s collapse to become the most influential book Rome contributes to Western culture.

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    The Aeneid by Virgil

    The Aeneid

    Translated by W. F. Jackson Knight
    14.0 hrs • 7/1/08 • Unabridged
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  16. 15.3 hrs • 1/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Ovid’s sensuous and witty poem brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation, often as a result of love or lust, in which men and women find themselves magically changed into new and sometimes extraordinary beings. Beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Augustus, Ovid interweaves many of the best known myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome, including Daedalus and Icarus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pygmalion, Perseus and Andromeda, and the fall of Troy. Mortals become gods, animals turn to stone, and humans change into flowers, trees, or stars. First published in AD 8, Ovid’s Metamorphoses remains one of the most accessible and inspirational introductions to Greek mythology.

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    Metamorphoses by Ovid

    Metamorphoses

    By Ovid
    Translated by Frank Justus Miller
    Read by Barry Kraft
    15.3 hrs • 1/1/08 • Unabridged
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