Download E-books The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War PDF

By Caroline Alexander

"Spectacular and continually surprising."
-Ken Burns

Written with the authority of a student and the power of a bestselling narrative historian, The conflict That Killed Achilles is an excellent and totally well timed presentation of 1 of the undying tales of Western civilization. As she did in The Endurance and The Bounty, New York Times bestselling writer Caroline Alexander has taken aside a story we expect we all know and positioned it again jointly in a fashion that shall we us see its precise strength. within the strategy, she finds the meant subject matter of Homer's masterwork-the tragic classes of conflict and its enduring devastation.

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Download E-books Menaka's Choice PDF

By Kavita Kané

Born throughout the churning of the sea, Menaka is the main appealing of all of the apsaras on the planet, with quickly intelligence and innate expertise. in spite of the fact that, she craves for the only factor she will by no means have—family.
Elsewhere, after critical austerities, a guy, now blessed with the identify Vishwamitra, demanding situations the gods and dares to create one other heaven. Fearing his growing to be powers, Indra, the king of gods, comes to a decision to place a cease to his targets via making Menaka seduce him.
What will ensue whilst Menaka and Vishwamitra meet one another? Will Menaka eventually locate what she relatively needed for? Or will she back be pressured to give up to her future? discover during this attention-grabbing portrait of 1 of the main enduring mythological figures.

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Download E-books Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside PDF

By Brad Steiger

Spotlighting information articles, old debts, and firstperson interviews, this chronicle of human interactions with monsters will persuade even the main hardened skeptic of the life of the bogeyman, bigfoot, werewolves, and swamp creatures. supplying an array of untamed reports—from the police officer who begrudgingly answered to a decision a couple of longhaired girl flying over a suburban local merely to discover himself calling for backup whilst she attacked his patrol vehicle to the motorist whose headlights illuminated a sevenfoot tall, wolflike creature that stood on its hind legs—this historic checklist highlights frightening and unimaginable narratives. From just a little demented people to spinetingling paranormal encounters, every one outlandish incidence is special with thorough examine and acknowledged with a storyteller's crafted voice.

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Download E-books Georgics (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Virgil

Virgil's affectionate poem of the land brings us the disappointments in addition to the rewards of the countryman's year-round devotion to his plants, his vines and olives, cattle nice and small, and the complicated society of his bees. half agricultural handbook, half political poem and allegory, The Georgics' scenes are actual and brilliant, permitting the reader to consider the points of interest, sounds, and textures of the traditional Italian landscape.
This lauded new translation has been written by means of Peter Fallon, who, as a farmer and a poet, is uniquely suited for the duty. it really is coupled the following with an advent and notes via the classical pupil Elaine Fantham. Fantham's advent considers Virgil's existence and poetry in its old context, whereas her notes gloss the various classical and mythological allusions. the mix of a devoted and lyrical translation with well-researched contextual details makes this variation the absolute best creation to Virgil's masterpiece. it truly is guaranteed to pride all enthusiasts of poetry and Renaissance literature.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different necessary positive aspects, together with professional introductions by means of prime gurus, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional research, and lots more and plenty more.

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Download E-books Fox (Animal) PDF

We comprehend little or no concerning the fox and its habits—and our lack of awareness, Martin Wallen argues, is rooted within the fox’s undesirable attractiveness. Lowly, sly, and labeled as vermin, foxes raid henhouses and rubbish containers, unfold sickness, and injure family pets. whilst, foxes are frequently thought of attractive, mysterious, or even oddly human. This booklet is the 1st to completely discover the fox because the item of either derision and fascination, from the forests of North the United States to the deserts of Africa to the Arctic tundra.

Whether portrayed as an unrepentant thief, a shape-shifter, or an outlaw, the fox’s basic goal in literature, Wallen demonstrates, is to disrupt human order. In chinese language folklore, for instance, the fox turns into a crafty mistress, luring human males clear of their better halves. Wallen additionally discusses the varied ways that fox-related phrases have entered the vernacular, from “foxy girl” to the method of “foxing,” or souring beer in the course of fermentation. considerate and illuminating, Fox exhibits that this beautiful creature is as beguiling because it is controversial.

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Download E-books A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths (Brief Histories) PDF

The e-book leads the reader via those shiny tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the ordinary narratives are right here, in addition to a few much less prevalent characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the e-book explains key concerns coming up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance. This long-overdue booklet crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly elements of Greek mythology purely frequently on hand in disparate varieties - specifically kid's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's attention-grabbing, magnificent, and unusual in addition to typical. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and critical quantity.

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Download E-books Mythe et épopée, tome III : Histoires romaines PDF

By Georges Dumézil

Vers l. a. fin du IIIe millénaire av. J.-C., des cavaliers-migrateurs, venus peut-être du sud de los angeles Russie, submergèrent par vagues successives los angeles majeure partie du continent européen et poussèrent jusqu'aux confins de l'Inde. À ces conquérants, qui parlaient approximativement los angeles même langue, on a attribué par conference le nom d'Indo-Européens. Ils partageaient une imaginative and prescient du monde tripartite - le système des trois fonctions - où s'articulent, selon un ordre hiérarchique : l. a. souveraineté magique et juridique (la première fonction) ; l. a. strength body et principalement guerrière (la deuxième fonction) ; los angeles richesse tranquille et féconde (la troisième fonction). Ainsi ces très lointains ancêtres se fondaient-ils sur une perception de los angeles société qui distingue en les hiérarchisant les prêtres, les guerriers et les éleveurs-agriculteurs.

Mythe et Épopée est consacré aux usages littéraires et non pas théologiques ou religieux que les principaux peuples indo-européens ont faits de leur commun héritage. vehicle si los angeles constitution des trois fonctions se présente d'abord comme une desktop à faire les dieux, elle se révèle aussi être un ambitious software de fabrication d'histoires. Pas uniquement de mythes, mais de récits profanes, de légendes, d'épopées, de contes où les dieux et les hommes s'en vont par trois.

Troisième édition corrigée en 1981

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Download E-books The Oresteian Trilogy: Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Aeschylus

The in basic terms surviving trilogy from precedent days - a narrative of homicide, insanity and justice

Aeschylus (525-c.456 bc) set his nice trilogy within the instant aftermath of the autumn of Troy, while King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in conflict. Agamemnon depicts the hero's discovery that his family members has been destroyed via his wife's infidelity and ends together with his demise at her callous hand. Clytemnestra's crime is repaid in The Choephori while her outraged son Orestes kills either her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he's hounded to Athens via the Furies' legislation of vengeance and depicts Athene exchanging the bloody cycle of revenge with a process of civil justice. Written within the years after the conflict of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not just from Persian conquest, but additionally from its personal barbaric past.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable by means of introductions and notes by means of extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Odyssey (Puffin Classics) PDF

The epic trip of Odysseus, the hero of old Greece... After ten years of warfare, Odysseus turns his again on Troy and units sail for domestic. yet his voyage takes one other ten years and he needs to face many risks - Polyphemus the grasping one-eyed large, Scylla the six-headed sea monster or even the wrath of the gods themselves - prior to he's reunited along with his spouse and son. Brilliantly retold by means of award-winning writer, Geraldine McCaughrean.

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