Books

Primary Sources:

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 leaf 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.

Aristotle. Nicomachian Ethics. Trans. F H. Peters. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004. Print.

I am an Aristotle nut. While this is contained in another volume, I actually prefer this translation, as it is a lot more straight-forward in its approach. 

Aristotle. Politics: A Treatise on Government. Lexington, KY: n.p., 2011. Print.

This is an odd edition, in that it does not give either a publisher or translator. What is good about this book is that it separates each book and chapter with skips in between, which creates a very easy to read and navigate copy for research.

Aristotle. De Anima. Trans. R D. Hicks. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2006. Print. 

This is another awesome edition from B&N with a suggested reading list for further study about my fave Aristotlean subject: the tripartite nature of the human soul.

Thales, et. al. The First Philosophers. Trans. Robin Waterfield. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.

This is an anthology of the surviving works of the pre-Socratic and Sophist philosophers from Thales of Miletos to Dionysodoros of Chios. Overall, there are about thirty philosophers outside the Sophoklean tradition from around the Greek world, including a section of anonymous or unattributed works.

Plato. The Dialogues of Plato. New York: Bantam, 2006. Print.

Compiled by multiple translators, this volume contains Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, Phaedo, Protagoras, Meno, Symposium, and Gorgias. Unfortunately, none of the sections contain notes.

Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. G C. Macauley. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004. Print.

Another B&N classic, this copy has copious notes and has been revised for readability without sacrificing accuracy. A must-have for recons, this book is a steal at $7.

Thucydides, . The History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Richard Crawley. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2006. Print.

Yet another B&N classic, this also has great notes and is very readable. While perhaps as not religiously informative to most, the detailed descriptions of the war between Sparta and Athens are very informative to religion in warfare and should interest any Aresian.

 

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