Greek & Roman

Homer – The Iliad & The Odyssey

The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer, of which the written versions are dated to the 8th century BCE. Chronicling events in the Greek Bronze Age, this magnificent pair of poems forms the cornerstone of Western literature.

Ron Terranova – I, Polyphemus

Brutish with the soul of a poet; violent, but with the heart of a protective shepherd. This is not the one dimensional Polyphemus from the Odyssey, but a brilliant, mad, tragic, and darkly humorous being who embodies the best and worst of men and monsters.

Tacitus – Agricola and Germania

Two works by the Roman historian, Tacitus. Agricola is a portrait of Julius Agricola, a governor of Roman Britain, and the first surviving account of the geography, climate, and peoples of Britain. The German tribes of Northern Europe are discussed in Germania.

Hesiod – The Shield of Heracles

The Shield of Heracles is an archaic Greek epic poem which was attributed to Hesiod in antiquity. The subject of the poem is the expedition of Hercules and his nephew Iolaus against Cycnus, who challenged Heracles to combat as they were passing through Thessaly on their way to the city of Trachis.

Jean Lang – Icarus

Jean Lang (Mrs John Lang, 1867-1932) wrote extensively on Greek, Roman, and Germanic mythology and its interpretation. In Langs version of the Icarus myth, there is a strong emphasis on the boys duty to fulfill the aspirations of his father, Daedalus.

Jean Lang – Death of Adonis

Adonis, the son of the king of Paphos, was a handsome man and a famous hunter. Aphrodite fell in love with him, and one day, she had a premonition of his death. He dismissed her warning and was killed by a wild boar.