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Encyclopedia of Ancient Literature
  • Format
  • Authored by: James Wyatt Cook
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 081606475X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6475-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 04/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 809.01
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 736


Encyclopedia of Ancient Literature features more than 500 entries covering the literary works, writers, and concepts of the ancient world, from the beginnings to approximately 500 CE. Ranging from ancient Greece and Rome to China, Egypt, Japan, India, Persia, Babylonia, the Hebrew world, and more, this accessible A-to-Z encyclopedia provides students with an extensive overview of this period of literature.

Coverage includes:

  • Writers, such as Aeschylus, Aesop, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Confucius, Demosthenes, Euclid, Flavius Josephus, Hammurabi, Herodotus, Homer, Horace, Menander, Plato, Princess Nukata, Sappho, Sima Qian, Sophocles, Thucydides, Virgil, Yamanoue no Okura, Zoroaster, and more
  • Famous works, such as the Aeneid, Antigone, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, The Gilgamesh Epic, the Hebrew Bible, the History of the Peloponnesian War, the Iliad, Medea, the Metamorphoses, the Nart Sagas, the New Testament, the Odyssey, the Oresteia, the Ramayana, the Rig-Veda, the Trojan Women, and more
  • Literary and historical terms, such as alphabet, hubris, epic, quipu, Rosetta Stone, and more.


Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

James Wyatt Cook retired as Langbo Trustees’ Professor of English at Michigan's Albion College in 2000. He has written about Chaucer, Lorenzo de' Medici, and Petrarch. His verse translations from the Italian include Petrarch’s Canzoniere, Lorenzo de' Medici's Il Commento, Antonia Tannini Pulci’s religious drama, and selections from the verse of Isabella Andreini. He has also translated selections from the poems of the contemporary Indian poet Srimati Lal into Italian.

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"...easy-to-read and comprehend...a great starting-off point...recommended for high school and undergraduate libraries."
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"...exceptionally useful to students...well written..."

"...a complete and comprehensive reference...a must for any community or college library collection covering ancient literature..."
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