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Routledge Classical Translations


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Routledge Classical Translations provides scholars and students with accurate, modern translations of key texts that illuminate distinctive aspects of the classical world and come from a range of periods, from early Greece to the Byzantine empire. Volumes include thematic groupings of texts, texts from important authors as well as texts from the Byzantine period that are relevant for the study of the classical world but which remain inaccessible. Each volume has accompanying notes and commentary that provide a solid framework for deeper understanding of the material. As well as providing translations of significant texts, the series makes available material that is untranslated into English or difficult to access, and places these texts within new contexts to open-up areas of study and support research.

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The Sorrows of Mattidia: A New Translation and Commentary

The Sorrows of Mattidia: A New Translation and Commentary

1st Edition

Curtis Hutt
July 23, 2018

This volume offers a new translation of the Pseudo-Clementine family narrative here known as The Sorrows of Mattidia. It contains a full introduction which explores the obscured origins of the text, the plot, and main characters, and engages in a comparison of the portrayal of pagan, Jewish, and...

The Lost History of Peter the Patrician: An Account of Rome’s Imperial Past from the Age of Justinian

The Lost History of Peter the Patrician: An Account of Rome’s Imperial Past from the Age of Justinian

1st Edition

Thomas M. Banchich
May 27, 2015

The Lost History of Peter the Patrician is an annotated translation from the Greek of the fragments of Peter’s History, including additional fragments which are now more often considered the work of the Roman historian Cassius Dio's so-called Anonymous Continuer. Banchich’s annotation helps clarify...

Byzantine Readings of Ancient Historians: Texts in Translation, with Introductions and Notes

Byzantine Readings of Ancient Historians: Texts in Translation, with Introductions and Notes

1st Edition

Anthony Kaldellis
March 16, 2015

The survival of ancient Greek historiography is largely due to its preservation by Byzantine copyists and scholars. This process entailed selection, adaptation, and commentary, which shaped the corpus of Greek historiography in its transmission. By investigating those choices, Kaldellis enables a...

Ctesias' 'History of Persia': Tales of the Orient

Ctesias' 'History of Persia': Tales of the Orient

1st Edition

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, James Robson
August 30, 2012

Towards the end of the fifth century BC Ctesias of Cnidus wrote his 23 book History of Persia. Ctesias is a remarkable figure: he lived and worked in the Persian court and, as a doctor, tended to the world’s most powerful kings and queens. His position gave him special insight into the workings of...

The History of Zonaras: From Alexander Severus to the Death of Theodosius the Great

The History of Zonaras: From Alexander Severus to the Death of Theodosius the Great

1st Edition

Thomas Banchich, Eugene Lane
September 07, 2011

While an exile from Constantinople, the twelfth-century Byzantine functionary and canonist John Zonaras culled earlier chronicles and histories to compose an account of events from creation to the reign of Alexius Comnenus. For topics where his sources are lost or appear elsewhere in more...

Ancient Greek Literary Letters: Selections in Translation

Ancient Greek Literary Letters: Selections in Translation

1st Edition

Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
January 19, 2006

The first referenece to letter writing occurs in the first text of western literature, Homer's Iliad. From the very beginning, Greeks were enthusiastic letter writers, and letter writing became a distinct literary genre. Letters were included in the works of historians but they also formed the...

Greek and Roman Military Writers: Selected Readings

Greek and Roman Military Writers: Selected Readings

1st Edition

Brian Campbell
September 02, 2004

Brian Campbell has selected and translated a wide range of pieces from the ancient military writers who tell us about the technical aspects of military practice and the management of armies. The pieces cover a fascinating range of topics - battle formations and manoeuvres, different types of troops...

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