Richard Tarrant is Pope Professor of Latin in the Department of Classics at Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Harvard he has been honored with the Levenson Prize for undergraduate teaching, a Harvard College Professorship and a Phi Beta Kappa Prize for excellence in teaching.
Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. In Euthyphro, Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; Apology sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in Crito, he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in Phaedo, Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and skilful discussion of immortality.
Christopher Rowe's introduction to his powerful new translation examines the book's themes of identity and confrontation, and explores how its content is less historical fact than a promotion of Plato's Socratic philosophy.
The Eclogues of Virgil gave definitive form to the pastoral mode, and these magically beautiful poems, which were influential in so much subsequent literature, perhaps best exemplify what pastoral can do. "Song replying to song replying to song," touchingly comic, poignantly sad, sublimely joyful, the various music that these shepherds make echoes in scenes of repose and harmony, and of hardship and trouble in work and love.
The Eclogues of Virgil includes concise, informative notes and an introduction that describes the fundamental role of this deeply original book in the pastoral tradition.
This edition features a modern, accessible translation aiming at the true intent of Virgil's writing, not the literal words, so that the modern reader can enjoy it as was intended. The poem rhymes and resonates. It is abridged to the essential and entertaining core, bridged by explanation and peppered with facts, trivia, character guides, and background. The author brings new life to a great work, and makes it easy to read and enjoy.