The Iliad

The IliadDating to the ninth century B.C., Homer s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War Renowned classicist Ber


BeowulfBeowulf is a major epic of Anglo Saxon literature, probably composed between the first half of the seventh century and the end of the first millennium The poem was inspired by Germanic and Anglo Saxon oral tradition recounting the exploits of Beowulf, the hero who gave his name to the poem Here, i

Paradise Lost

Paradise LostJohn Milton s Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankin

The Aeneid

The AeneidThe Aeneid thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians n nPart of the Macmillan Collector s Library a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers These beautiful books make perfe

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of GilgameshAndrew George s masterly new translation The Times of the world s first truly great work of literatureMiraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries The story t


InfernoOf the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse In the Inferno, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well With this major new translation, Anthony Esolen has succeeded b

The Divine Comedy

The Divine ComedyThe Divine Comedy describes Dante s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice and finally, his arrival in Heaven Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of


MetamorphosesPrized through the ages for its splendor and its savage, sophisticated wit, The Metamorphoses is a masterpiece of Western culture the first attempt to link all the Greek myths, before and after Homer, in a cohesive whole, to the Roman myths of Ovid s day Horace Gregory, in this modern translation,

The Song of Roland

The Song of RolandOn 15 August 778, Charlemagne s army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic poem in French The Song of Roland, written

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green KnightWritten by an anonymous 14th century poet, this epic poem is recognized as an equal of Chaucer s masterworks and of the great Old English poems, including Beowulf This edition includes a Preface by Raffel and a new Introduction Revised reissue.

The Nibelungenlied

The NibelungenliedWritten by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful