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By Joseph Roisman

With clean, new translations and huge introductions and annotations, this sourcebook presents an inclusive and built-in view of Greek historical past, from Homer to Alexander the good.

• New translations of unique assets are contextualized by way of insightful introductions and annotations
• features a variety of literary, creative and fabric proof from the Homeric, Archaic and Classical Ages
• specializes in very important advancements in addition to particular issues to create an built-in point of view at the period
• hyperlinks the political and social heritage of the Greeks to their highbrow accomplishments
• contains an updated bibliography of seminal scholarship
• An accompanying web site deals extra facts and reasons, in addition to hyperlinks to beneficial on-line assets

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