AHA Teaching and Learning Project: Bibliography of Primary Sources
HST 101 World History: Ancient History
Confucius, The Analects. Raymond Dawson, tr. (Oxford&
N.Y.: Oxford University Pr., 1993), with introduction and notes.
The introduction sketches the historical background and explains
some basic elements of the text. The section on key words is helpful
in following the text.
Lattimore, Richmond. The Odyssey of Homer (N.Y. et al:
Harper & Row, 1965) with introduction. This is an excellent
translation in a reasonably priced paperback. The introduction
discusses some of the major events in the story and puts it into
its historical context.
Narayan, R.K. The Ramayana, A Shortened Modern Prose Version
of the Indian Epic (London: Penguin, 1972). This is based
on an eleventh century Tamil version. It provides a short introduction
on the place of the Ramayana in Indian literature and culture.
The Perseus Project : http://medusa.perseus.tufts.edu/Texts.html
Perseus provides a text of the Odyssey plus many more ancient
Greek and Roman authors The Perseus site also offers access to
art and archaeological materials from several museum collections.
M.I.T Classics: http://classics.mit.edu/
This site offers mainly Greek and Latin authors, but has a few
Chinese works, including the Analects, and a few Persian
sources. The translation of the Analects has no commentary.
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