The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume A The Ancient World

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-27
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume Aoffers a fresh presentation of the varieties of world literature from the ancient world.The editors of the anthology have sought to find economical ways to place texts within their cultural contexts, and have selected and grouped materials in ways intended to foster connections and conversations across the anthology, between eras as well as regions. The anthology includes epic, lyric poetry, drama, and prose narrative, with many works in their entirety. Classic major authors are presented together with more recently recovered voices as the editors seek to suggest something of the full literary dialogue of each region and period. Engaging introductions, scholarly annotations, regional maps, pronunciation guides, and illustrations will provide a supportive editorial setting.For anyone interested in world literature.

Table of Contents

Volume A: The Ancient World
The Ancient Near East
The Babylonian Theogony (c. 2nd millennium B.C.E)
A Memphite Theology (c. 2500 B.C.E.)
Genesis: Chapters 1-11 (1st millennium B.C.E.)
Translations: Genesis
Poetry Of Love And Devotion (c. 3rd to 2nd millennium B.C.E.)
Last night, as I, the queen, was shining bright
Egyptian Love Songs
Distracting is the foliage of my pasture
I sail downstream in the ferry by the pull of the current
The voice of the turtledove speaks out
I embrace her, and her arms open wide
One, the lady love without a duplicate
How well the lady knows to cast the noose
Why need you hold converse with your heart?
I passed by her house in the dark
The Song Of Songs (1st millennium B.C.E.)
The Epic Of Gilgamesh (c. 1200 B.C.E.)
Perspectives: Death and Immortality
The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld (late 2nd millennium B.C.E)
from The Book of the Dead (2nd millennium B.C.E.)
Letters to the Dead (2nd to 1st millennium B.C.E.)
Kabti-Ilani-Marduk: Erra and Ishum (8th century B.C.E.)
The Book Of Job (6th century B.C.E.), (trans. Revised Standard Version)
Resonances from The Babylonian Theodicy
Psalm 22 "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Psalm 102 "Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come unto thee!"
Perspectives: Strangers in a Strange L and The Story of Sinuhe (c. 1925 B.C.E.)
The Two Brothers (c. 1200 B.C.E.)
The Joseph Story (1st millennium B.C.E.), (New International Version) Genesis 37-50
The Book of Ruth (c. late 6th century B.C.E.), (New International Version)
Classical Greece
Homer (8th century B.C.E.) from The Iliad
The Wrath of Achilles
Achilles' Sheild
The Death of Hektor
Achilles and Priam
Filip Visnjic: The Death of Kraljevic Marko
The Odyssey
Athena Inspires the Prince
Telemachus Sets Sail
King Nestor Remembers
Book 4. The King and Queen of Sparta
Odysseus - Nymph and Shipwreck
The Princess and the Stranger
Phaeacia's Halls and Gardens
A Day for Songs and Contests
In the One-Eyed Giant's Cave
The Bewitching Queen of Aeaea
The Kingdom of the Dead
The Cattle of the Sun
Book 13. Ithaca at Last
The Loyal Swineherd
The Prince Sets Sail for Home
Father and Son
Stranger at the Gates
The Beggar-King of Ithaca
Penelope and Her Guest
Portents Gather
Odysseus Strings His Bow
Slaughter in the Hall
The Great Rooted Bed
Franz Kafka: The Silence of the Sirens
George Seferis: Upon a Foreign Verse
Derek Walcott: from Omeros
Archaic Lyric Poetry
Arkhilokhos (7th century B.C.E)
Encounter in a Meadow
The Fox and the Hedgehog
Sappho (early 7th century B.C.E)
Rich-throned immortal Aphrodite
Come, goddess
Some think a fleet
He looks to me to be in heaven
Love shakes my heart
Honestly, I wish I were dead
...she worshipped you
Like a sweet-apple
The doorman's feet
Alejandra Pizarnik: Poem, Lovers, Recognition, Meaning of His Absence, Dawn, Falling
Alkaios (7th - 6th century B.C.E)
And fluttered Argive Helen's heart
They tell that Priam and his sons
The high hall is agleam
I can't make out the lie of the winds
Pindar (518-438 B.C.E.)
First Olympian Ode
John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn
Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo
AESCHYLUS (525-456 B.C.E.)
W. B. Yeats: Leda and the Swan
Sophocles (496-406 B.C.E.)
Oedipus the King
Aristotle: from Poetics
Perspectives: Tyranny and Democracy
Solon (c. 640-558 B.C.E.)
Our state will never fail
The commons I have granted
Those aims for which I called the public meeting
Thucydides (c. 460-400 B.C.E.) from The Peloponnesian War
Plato (c. 429-347 B.C.E)
Euripides (c. 480-405 B.C.E.)
The Medea
Friedrich Nietzsche: from The Birth of Tragedy
Aristophanes (445-c.380 B.C.E.)
Early South Asia
The Mahabharata Of Vyasa (last centuries B.C.E.-early centuries C.E.)
The Friendly Dice Game
The Temptation of Karna
from The Bhagavad Gita
Translations: The Bhagavad Gita
Kautilya: from The Treatise on Power
Asoka: from Inscriptions
The Ramayana Of Valmiki (last centuries B.C.E.)
The Exile of Rama
The Abduction of Sita
The Death of Ravana and The Fire Ordeal of Sita
Resonances from A Public Address, 1989: The Birthplace of God Cannot Be Moved
Daya Pawar, et al.: We Are Not Your Monkeys
Perspectives: What is "Literature"?
The Ramayana of Valmiki
The Invention of Poetry
Rajashekhara (early 900s) from Inquiry into Literature
Anandavardhana (mid-800s) from Light on Suggestion
Love In A Courtly Langauge
The Tamil Anthologies (2nd -3rd century)
Orampokiyar: What Her Girl Friend Said
Anonymous: What Her Girl Friend Said to Him
Kapliar: What She Said
Uruttiran: What She Said to Her Girl Friend
Maturaittamilkkutta Katuvan Mallanar: What the Servants Said to Him
Vanmanipputi: What She Said to Her Girl Friend
The Seven Hundred Songs Of Hala (2nd-3rd century)
At night, cheeks blushed
After a quarrel
His form
While the bhikshu
Though he's wronged me
Tight lads in fields
He finds the missionary position
When she bends to touch
As though she'd glimpsed
Those men
The Hundred Poems Of Amaru (7th century)
She is the child, but I the one of timid heart
You will return in an hour?
As he came to bed the knot fell open of itself
At first our bodies knew a perfect oneness
Your palm erases from your cheek the painted ornament
They lay upon the bed each turned aside
If you are angry with me, you of lotus eyes
You listened not to words of friends
At day's end as the darkness crept apace
Held her
Lush clouds in
Kalidasa (4th -5th century)
Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection
Kuntaka: from The Life-force of Literary Beauty
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: On Shakuntala
Rabindranath Tagore: from Shakuntala: Its Inner Meaning
China: The Classical Tradition
The Book Of Songs (1000-600 B.C.E.)
The Ospreys Cry
Plop Fall the Plums
In the Wilds is a Dead Doe
In the wilds there is a dead deer
Lies a dead deer on younder plain
Cypress Boar
Northern Wind
Of Fair Girls
Cypress Boat
I Beg You, Zhong
The Lady Says
Out in the Bushlands a Creeper Grows
In the open grounds there is the creeping grass
Mid the bind-grass on the plain
The Cock Has Crowed
Big Rat
Tall Pear Tree
Tall is the Pear Tree
Moon Rising
The Seventh Month
May Heaven Guard
Heaven protects and secures you
Heaven conserve thy course in quietness
The Beck
What Plant is not Faded?
Oak Clumps
Birth to the People
So They Appeared
Confucius: from The Analects
Wei Hong: from Preface to The Book of Songs
Confucius (551-479 B.C.E.) from The Analects
Perspectives: Daoism and its Ways from Dao De Jing
from Zhuangzi
Liezi (4th century C.E.): from The Book of Liezi
Xi Kang (223-262 C.E.): from Letter to Shan Tao
Liu Yiqing (403-444 C.E.): from A New Account of the Tales of the World
Rome And The Roman Empire
Virgil (70-19 B.C.E.)
from Book 1: A Fateful Haven
from Book 2: How They Took the City
The Passion of the Queen
from Book 6: The World Below
from Book 8: Evander
from Book 12: The Death of Turnus
Horace: from Odes: 1.24: Why should our grief for a man so loved
Macrobius: from Saturnalia
Ovid (43 B.C.E.-18 C.E.)
Narcissus and Echo
Book 6
Book 8
Daedalus and Icarus
Book 10
Orpheus' Song: Ganymede, Hyacinth, Pygmalion
Book 11
Book 15
Perspectives: The Culture of Rome and the Beginnings of Christianity
Catullus (84-54 B.C.E.)
"Cry out lamenting, Venuses and Cupids"
"Lesbia, let us live only for loving"
"You will dine well with me, my dear Fabullus"
"To me that man seems like a god in heaven"
"If any pleasure can come to a man through recalling"
"If ever something which someone with no expectation"
Translations: Catullus' Poem 85
Horace (65-8 B.C.E.)
Satire 1.8 "Once I was wood from a worthless old fig tree"
Satire 1.5 "Leaving the big city behind I found lodgings at Aricia"
Ode 1.25 "The young bloods are not so eager now"
Ode 1.9 "Soracte standing white and deep"
Ode 2.13 "Not only did he plant you on an unholy day"
Ode 2.14 "Ah how quickly, Postumus, Postumus"
Petronius (d. 65 C.E.)
from Satyricon
Paul (c. 10- c. 67 C.E.) from Epistle to the Romans (trans. New Revised Standard Version)
Luke (fl. 80-110 C.E.) from The Gospel According to Luke (trans. New Revised Standard Version) from The Acts of the Apostles (trans. New Revised Standard Version
Roman Responses to Early Christianity
Suetonius (c. 70 - after 122 C.E.): from The Twelve Caesars
Tacitus (c. 56 - after 118 C.E.): from The Annals of Imperial Rome
Pliny the Younger (c. 60 - c. 112 C.E.): Letter to Emperor Trajan
Trajan (Emperor of Rome, 98-117 C.E.): Response to Pliny
Augustine (354-430 C.E.)
Book 1
Grammar school
Book 2
Book 3
Book 5
Book 8
Pick up and read
Book 9
Book 11
Michel de Montaigne: from Essays (trans. Frame)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: from The Confessions (trans. Cohen)
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