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Perseus Classics Collection (1,114 vols.)

The Perseus Classics Collection contains a broad range of key Greek and Latin texts from Tufts University’s Perseus Digital Library. This massive collection includes primary texts in Greek, Latin, and English translation, as well as grammars and commentaries. Best of all, the entire collection is free.

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Sophists of the Roman Era (20 vols.)

The Sophists of the Roman Era collection gives you important texts from the core writers of the Second Sophistic Era—Dio Chrysostom, Philostratus, Aelian, and others. You’ll learn about rhetoric, Roman education and Hellenic education, and far more.

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Herodotus’ The Persian Wars (8 vols.)

Greek historian Herodotus, the “Father of History,” offers a cultured and firsthand examination of the ancient world surrounding the rise and rule of the Persian Empire, alongside a concise history and cultural background of Scythia and Egypt.

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Greek Satirist Collection (8 vols.)

Featuring the works of Menander and the “Father of Comedy,” Aristophanes, the Greek Satirist Collection includes the most esteemed satirical writings on topics such as the legal system, level of education, and political state of Athens during its height.

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Works of Xenophon (14 vols.)

Xenophon pulled from his wide range of experiences—mercenary, soldier, philosopher, historian—to write on Socrates’ philosophy, life in ancient Greece and Persia, the history of the fourth century, and far more.

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Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers (4 vols.)

This rich compendium covers three centuries, from Thales to Epicurus (to whom the entire tenth book is devoted), portraying 45 significant figures in Greek philosophy. Diogenes Laertius, who compiled his information from hundreds of sources, enriches his accounts with important quotations.

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Select Works of Lucian (10 vols.)

Notorious for his wit, satire, and spontaneity, Lucian of Samosata traveled through Ionia, Greece, Italy, Gaul, and elsewhere, giving entertaining and often sarcastic lectures. Professionally, Lucian was a rhetorician, possessed of a mastery of speechcraft and the art of legal persuasion.

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Select Works of Cicero (34 vols.)

“Cicero is not the name of a man,” declared Quintilian, “but of eloquence itself.” He was almost entirely responsible for developing Latin, at the time a narrow, utilitarian tongue, into a language capable of communicating the exactness of science, the beauty of poetry, and the abstraction of philosophy. Study his language with his select works.

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Stoics of the Roman Era Collection (18 vols.)

In the first few centuries AD, numerous philosophers wrestled with the philosophies of human morality, ethics, happiness, forgiveness, and emotional and spiritual trials. This collection gives you essays and other writings by several prominent philosophers from the time of Nero’s reign until the rule of Marcus Aurelius.

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Classical Greek Orators Collection (30 vols.)

This 30-volume collection offers the works of the most influential classical orators, later known as the Alexandrian “Canon of 10”: Aeschines, Antiphon, Andocides, Demosthenes, Dinarchus, Hyperides, Isaeus, Isocrates, Lycurgus, and Lysias.

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Plutarch’s Lives (22 vols.)

For nearly two millenia, Plutarch’s writings have influenced some of the world’s greatest literary figures, including Shakespeare, Emerson, Montaigne, and others. Included in Plutarch’s Lives (22 vols.) are 11 biographical texts, which Ralph Waldo Emerson called “a Bible of heroes.”

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Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things

Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), his only surviving work, aligns with the Epicurean philosophy against divine intervention. This book, the primary source of modern knowledge on Epicurean thought, played an important role in the development of Atomism.

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Roman Biographers Collection (12 vols.)

The Roman Biographers Collection brings together over 60 biographies of historically significant Roman figures, including some of the most powerful men ever: the Caesars.

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Livy's History of Rome (28 vols.)

Livy’s History of Rome recounts Rome’s history from its mythical founding (c. 735 BC) to the reign of Augustus in Livy’s time. Books 1–10 and 21–30 have become defining examples of Golden Age Latin.

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