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Henry IV, Part One

William Shakespeare
Prince Hal, the son of King Henry IV, spends his time in idle pleasure with dissolute friends, among them the roguish Sir John Falstaff. But when the kingdom is threatened by rebellious forces, the prince must abandon his reckless ways.

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
When it seems that Julius Caesar may assume supreme power, a plot to destroy him is hatched by those determined to preserve the threatened republic. But the different motives of the conspirators soon become apparent when high principles clash with malice and political realism.

Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
What was Shakespeares attitude to semitism? The introduction to this edition of The Merchant of Venice opens by addressing this vital issue raised by the play, and goes on to study the sources, background, and date, including a discussion of Sigmund Freuds essay on The Three Caskets.

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
A young man and woman meet by chance and fall instantly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy.

Synge: Complete Plays

J. M. Synge
During his short life, John Millington Synge wrote six plays which remain among the classics of Irish theatre. This volume contains six of his plays, the final one being Deirdre of the Sorrows, which he had nearly completed on his death.

The Aeneid

Inspired by Homer and inspiration for Dante and Milton, the Aeneid is an immortal poem at the heart of Western life and culture. Virgil took Aeneas as his hero and in telling a story of dispossession and defeat, love and war, he portrayed human life in all its nobility and suffering.

The Comedies

The Roman dramatist Terence (c 186-159 BC) adapted many of his comedies from Greek sources, rendering them suitable for audiences of his own time by introducing subtler characterization and more complex plots. This title includes his romantic play, The Girl from Andros that portrays a love affair saved by a startling discovery.

The Fall of the Roman Republic


The Greek Myths: v. 1

Robert Graves
Endymion, Pelops, Daedalus, Pygmalion - what are the stories behind these and the hundreds of other familiar names from Greek mythology - names that recur throughout the history of European culture? This two-volume work retells the adventures of the important gods and heroes worshipped by the ancient Greeks.

The Greek Myths: v. 2

Robert Graves
Retelling the Greek legends of gods and heroes for a modern audience, the author aims to demonstrate the relevant knowledge that Greek mythology is no more mysterious in content than are modern election cartoons. He seeks to assemble all the scattered elements of each myth into a harmonious narrative.

The Histories

Describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. Frequently giving rise to colorful digressions, this book blends fact and legend to offer a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC.

The Iliad

Tells the story of darkest episode in Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, greatest warrior-champion of Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when Trojan Hector kills Achilles close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - even though he knows this may ensure his own death.