Classical Literature

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  1. Book ImageThe Epic of Gilgamesh: A Norton Critical Edition

    Benjamin R. Foster

    Second Edition

    “This scrupulous new translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh manages to convey much of the archaic power and even something of the occasional humor of the ancient Mesopotamian poem. What is especially valuable is that the translators, by collating passages from the different ancient versions of this epic that have survived only in fragments, have made available many vivid narrative episodes that will be new to most English readers of the poem.” 

    Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley

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  2. Book ImageOresteia

    Aeschylus, Joshua Billings, Oliver Taplin

    “This vivid and accessible translation captures the drama of Aeschylus’ poetry and the excitement of the action in performance.” —VICTORIA WOHL, University of Toronto

    “This critical edition provides a lavish and fulsome picture of ancient Greek tragedy’s most significant surviving document.” —JOHANNA HANINK, Brown University

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  3. Book ImageMedea

    Euripides, Sheila Murnaghan

    “A terrific new translation—Murnaghan’s Medea is both terrifying and sympathetic, an emotionally complex portrayal that leaves the reader no simple answers.” —Kirk Ormand, Oberlin College

    “This NCE will appeal to a wide range of teachers who are in search of an authoritative text of a play that is both highly provocative and in need of interpretive support.” —Michelle Zerba, Louisiana State University
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  4. Book ImageThe Histories

    Herodotus, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts, Walter Blanco

    Second Edition

    Walter Blanco’s acclaimed translation of The Histories is now available in its entirety in this revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition.More

  5. Book ImageThe English Bible, King James Version: The Old Testament

    Herbert Marks

    Volume(s): 1

    A stunning work of scholarship, the Norton Critical Edition of The English Bible, King James Version, is the most accessible edition available.More

  6. Book ImageThe English Bible, King James Version: The New Testament and The Apocrypha

    Gerald Hammond, Austin Busch

    Volume(s): 2

    A stunning work of scholarship, the Norton Critical Edition of The English Bible, King James Version, is the most accessible edition available.More

  7. Book ImageMetamorphoses

    Ovid, Charles Martin

    In his award-winning translation, Charles Martin combines fidelity to Ovid’s text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original.More

  8. Book ImageThe Consolation of Philosophy

    Boethius, Douglas C. Langston

    One of the most influential texts to come out of the late Middle Ages.More

  9. Book ImageThe Writings of St. Paul

    Saint Paul, John T. Fitzgerald, Wayne A. Meeks

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of this perennially popular Norton Critical Edition is based on the Today’s New International Version of Paul’s letters, a new translation that is heralded for its inclusiveness and accuracy in representation of gender.More

  10. Book ImageMetamorphoses: A New Translation

    Ovid, Charles Martin, Bernard M. W. Knox

    "A version that has been long awaited, and likely to become the new standard."—Michael Dirda, Washington PostMore

  11. Book ImageThe Epic of Gilgamesh

    Benjamin R. Foster

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world’s oldest epic masterpiece.More

  12. Book ImageThe Peloponnesian War

    Thucydides, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts, Walter Blanco

    A masterpiece of historical writing, Thucydides' account of the war fourth in the fifth century B.C. between the Athenian and Spartan alliances established a paradigm for the war monograph. The complete text appears here in a new and spirited translation by Walter Blanco. Jennifer Roberts's introduction and annotations provide vital background information.More

  13. Book ImageThe Odyssey

    Homer, Albert Cook

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of this Norton Critical Edition continues to be based on Albert Cook’s translation, widely acclaimed for its poetic phrasing and linguistic accuracy.More

  14. Book ImageOedipus Tyrannus

    Sophocles, Luci Berkowitz, Theodore F. Brunner

    This translation is for the contemporary reader. Specifically commissioned for stage production, it rings easily on the modern ear and yet remains faithful to Sophocles' original, avoiding the archaisms of other translations.More