This tab is here to help direct you to some of the many sources I consult when writing entries on my blog. Some sources are better than others, but in the end, you have to use both what you have and what seems best to you. While I can’t possibly list every item I’ve ever used, this can serve as a guide to looking up the information and making your own informed interpretation of the conclusions I or other draw.
Note: All sources will first be listed in MLA citation format, with a short review afterward. If you would like to suggest sources, please leave a comment at the bottom.
Hesiod. Works and Days, Theogony. Trans. Stanley Lombardo. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993. Print.
I really like this edition because Lombardo puts both poems in plain English as opposed to the poetic King James-style English other translations use. This makes the text very readable and user-friendly. Unfortunately, the edition is without the text in Greek.
Homer. The Homeric Hymns. Trans. Apostolos N. Athanassakis. 2nd ed. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2004. Print.
This is a nice edition, with slightly larger print for easy reading, as well as a vast amount of end-notes, which provide insight without distracting the reader at the bottom of the page. The style of translation is more literal than poetic, though the translator tries to keep some of the meter and beauty intact. Again, this is without the Greek text.
Homer. The Iliad. Trans. Enns Rees. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005. Print.
So far, this is my favorite copy of the Iliad, and the only one thus far to use the Greek names of the gods as opposed to the Roman names. It is broken up by book, and includes end-notes for many of them. A cool quirk of this edition is the inclusion of a short list of works inspired by the Iliad. At $8 it was a steal.
Aristotle. Rhetoric, Poetics. Trans. W. Rhys Roberts and Ingram Bywater. Pennsylvania: Franklin Library, 1981. Print.
While this edition is a bit older, it is gorgeous, with a leather spine and a gold-embossed depiction of Aristotle on the covers and spine and gold leave on the page edges. It is, however, extremely dense. Aristotle , of course, is my favorite philosopher and this is an expert treatise on metaphor and wordcraft.
Aristotle. On Man in the Universe. Ed. Louise Ropes Loomis. Roslyn, NY: Walter J. Black, INC, 1943. Print.
This is an old, large volume containing Metaphysics, Parts of Animals, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, and Poetics (again!). I picked it up at a thrift shop and it helped me fall in love with Aristotle. It’s very dense, but well worth the effort you must put n to read it.
Plato. The Republic. 2nd ed. Trans. Desmond Lee. New York: Penguin Books, 2007. Print.
Always one of my favorites, this is a pretty readable translation with a good introduction and a hefty section of end-notes. Affordable and immediately applicable, and it gives great context to the importance of religion, and through extrapolation, Ares in society.
Secondary Sources Forthcoming