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The Oresteia

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In The Oresteia, Aeschylus dramatizes the myth of the curse on the royal house of Argos. The action begins when King Agamemnon returns victorious from the Trojan War, only to be treacherously slain by his own wife. It ends with the trial of their son, Orestes, who slew his mother to avenge her treachery - a trial with the goddess Athena as judge, the god Apollo as defense attorney, and, as prosecutors, relentless avenging demons called The Furies. The results of the trial change the nature of divine and human justice forever.   An adaptation by Yuri Rasovsky, based on a translation by Ian Johnston. Also included is an excerpt from Blackstone's dramatization of The Odyssey, in which Agamemnon's brother Menelaus learns of the events of The Oresteia from Proteus, the sea god.

(P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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The Poetic Edda

45 ratings

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"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a thirteenth-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.  "Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." (Dick Ringler, professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

©2015 Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Five Plays by Anton Chekhov

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A collection of four of Chekhov's most popular dramas together with his unusual one-act comedy, The Boor, presented by members of The Online Stage. Program The Seagull - translated by George Calderon Uncle Vanya - translated by Marian Fell The Three Sisters - translated by Julius West The Cherry Orchard - translated by George Calderon The Boor - translated by Hilmar Baukage Produced by Elizabeth Klett. Featuring the voices of Andy Harrington, Leanne Yau, Elizabeth Chambers, Elizabeth Klett, Amanda Friday, Jeff Moon, David Prickett, Tovarisch, Ron Altman, Noel Badrian, Ben Stevens, Ted Wenskus, Denis Daly, Maureen Boutilier, Linda Barrans, Susan Iannucci, and Marty Kryz.

Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage

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Classical Mythology

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These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War. Professor Vandiver anchors her presentation in some basics. What is a myth? Which societies use myths? What are some of the problems inherent in studying classical mythology? She also discusses the most influential 19th- and 20th-century thinking about myth's nature and function, including the psychological theories of Freud and Jung and the metaphysical approach of Joseph Campbell. You'll also consider the relationship between mythology and culture (such as the implications of the myth of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades for the Greek view of life, death, and marriage), the origins of classical mythology (including the similarities between the Theogony and Mesopotamian creation myths), and the dangers of probing for distant origins (for example, there's little evidence that a prehistoric "mother goddess" lies at the heart of mythology). Taking you from the surprising "truths" about the Minotaur to Ovid's impact on the works of William Shakespeare, these lectures make classical mythology fresh, absorbing, and often surprising. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2000 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2000 The Great Courses

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Tiberius

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If you want to discover the captivating life of Tiberius, then pay attention.... Compared with the preceding rulers, Julius Caesar and Augustus, the name does not ring out with the same fame and pomposity. Shakespeare wrote no plays about Tiberius; his name does not echo in the history books with the same awe-inspiring prominence. Even his successors, Caligula and Nero, are more famous than he was. In fact, Tiberius can hardly be called famous at all. History knows him more for his infamy. Tiberius is remembered, if he is remembered at all, for his bad behavior. He spent much of his rule on a Greek island surrounded by every pleasure that his diseased flesh could dream of, abandoning his empire to scandal and intrigue. He is a great villain of Roman history. In Tiberius: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Ancient Rome's Second Emperor and How He Ruled the Roman Empire, you will discover topics such as: Before the Emperors Born into Turmoil The Eye of the Emperor In the Shadow of Augustus First Conquest Forced Marriage Rock Bottom Ascension A Slippery Slope to Capri The Last Javelin And Much, Much More! So if you want to learn more about Tiberius, scroll up and click the "Buy" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1

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Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word. Some are genuine dialogues while some are dialogues reported by a narrator supposedly at a later date. Ukemi Audiobooks presents all of the Socratic Dialogues in a series of recordings divided into Early Period (Volumes 1 & 2), Middle Period (Volumes 1 & 2) and Late Period (Volume 1) - based on their likely composition by Plato. This opening volume starts with perhaps the most famous speech, The Apology, Socrates' doomed defence against the charge of heresy and corrupting the young. It is followed by Crito, in which Socrates' friend offers to spirit him out of Athens to avoid execution. Among the others are discussions on Courage (Laches), and Friendship (Lysis). The role of Socrates is taken by David Rintoul, a widely admired and experienced audiobook reader who studied philosophy at university before taking a different path to RADA, TV, theatre and film. He is joined by a broad range of readers, most known to Audible listeners. Each Dialogue is prefaced with a short introduction to set the scene for newcomers to Plato. Translation: Benjamin Jowett.

Public Domain (P)2017 Ukemi Audiobooks

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Paradise Lost

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"Of Man's First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste Brought Death into the World, and all our woe...."   So begins the greatest epic poem in the English language. In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of man's creation, fall, and redemption, "to justify the ways of God to men". Here, unabridged, and told with exceptional sensitivity and power by Anton Lesser, is the plight of Adam and Eve, the ambition and vengefulness of Satan and his cohorts.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

Public Domain (P)2005 Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.

Narrator: Anton Lesser
Author: John Milton
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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The Persian Expedition

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In The Persian Expedition (also known as The March of the Ten Thousand and Anabasis), Xenophon, a disciple of Socrates, relates his experiences of fighting with the Greek mercenary army "The Ten Thousand" in Persia, and how he led them back to the safety of the Black Sea coast.  Seeking to depose his brother Artaxerxes and take his place upon the Persian throne, Cyrus the Younger leads the 10,000 mercenaries on a dangerous campaign deep into the heart of Persia. There, Cyrus is killed and his generals overthrown, leaving a young Xenophon to lead the army on its treacherous journey home. Snowy mountains, wide rivers, violent blizzards, and hostile tribes obstruct their way, testing Xenophon's leadership and his soldiers' perseverance to the extreme. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2020 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: David Timson
Author: Xenophon
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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The Apology of Socrates According to Plato

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The Apology of Socrates, written by Plato, is a Socratic dialogue of the speech of legal self-defense which Socrates spoke at his trial for impiety and corruption in 399 BC.  Specifically, the Apology of Socrates is a defense against the charges of "corrupting the youth" and "not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel" to Athens.   Among the primary sources about the trial and death of the philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC), The Apology of Socrates is the dialogue that depicts the trial, and is one of four Socratic dialogues, along with Euthyphro, Phaedo, and Crito, through which Plato details the final days of the philosopher Socrates.

Public Domain (P)2020 Robin Homer

Narrator: Robin Homer
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Faces of Love

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Acclaimed translator Dick Davis breathes new life into the timeless works of three masters of 14th-century Persian literature Together, Hafez, a giant of world literature; Jahan Malek Khatun, an eloquent princess; and Obayd-e Zakani, a dissolute satirist, represent one of the most remarkable literary flowerings of any era. All three lived in the famed city of Shiraz, a provincial capital of South-Central Iran, and all three drew support from arts-loving rulers during a time better known for its violence than its creative brilliance. Here Dick Davis, an award-winning poet widely considered "our finest translator of Persian poetry" (The Times Literary Supplement), presents a diverse selection of some of the best poems by these world-renowned authors and shows us the spiritual and secular aspects of love, in varieties embracing every aspect of the human heart. "Davis [is] widely acknowledged as the leading translator of Persian literature in our time.... Faces of Love has made the Persian originals into real and moving English poems." (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post) For more than 65 years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Listeners trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF that contains notes from the book. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 Hafez (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A Woman of No Importance

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A Woman of No Importance takes place in a 24-hour period during a house party hosted by Lady Hunstanton at her country estate. The upper echelons of English society mix, mingle and flirt, including Lady Caroline Pontefract (who is on her fourth husband), the witty and ironic Mrs. Allonby and the dandyish Lord Illingworth. Wilde balances these worldly characters with a visiting young American woman, Hester Worsley, who becomes attracted to the earnest Gerald Arbuthnot, soon to become Lord Illingworth's secretary. When Gerald's mother pays a visit, however, the secret of his scandalous parentage will be revealed, and more than one future placed in jeopardy. Cast Lord Alfred: Alan Weyman Lady Hunstanton: PJ Morgan Lord Illingworth: Ben Lindsey-Clark Farquhar: Chris Marcellus Gerald Arbuthnot: David Prickett Archdeacon: Denis Daly Mrs. Arbuthnot: Elizabeth Klett Mrs. Allonby: Erin Louttit Francis: Jeff Moon Lady Caroline Pontefract: Linda Barrans Sir John Pontefract: Noel Badrian Mr. Kelvil: Peter Tucker Alice: Leanne Yau Hester Worsley: Susan Iannucci Lady Stutfield: Tiffany Halla Colonna Stage directions read by Amanda Friday Audio, edited by Elizabeth Klett.

Public Domain (P)2017 The Online Stage

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The Iliad of Homer

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For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people. Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece - whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written. As you'll learn, the grandeur and immediacy of Homer's world would seem to defy time and space. Throughout these lectures, you'll explore this legendary era in brilliant, unforgettable hues. You'll meet its towering heroes who thirst for honor and the gods who inspired and instigated them. You'll go deep inside the shattering battles at Troy that act out mankind's awesome passions for glory, love, and vengeance. But more than that, you'll focus on the timeless human issues this masterpiece raises, all of them evoked by the power of a single dramatic question: Why does Achilles rage? The limits of freedom, the common humanity we share, the line between justice and revenge, the nature of destiny, the meaning of life - Professor Vandiver uses the Iliad as a potent lens through which to study them all. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses

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Herodotus: The Father of History

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Witness the "works and wonders" of the ancient world through the eyes of its first great historian in this sparkling series of 24 lectures from a much-honored teacher and classical scholar. Herodotus (c. 484-420 B.C.E.) was a Greek who was born in what is now the modern Turkish resort town of Bodrum and who died, so tradition says, in the south of Italy. In between, his tirelessly inquiring mind took him from one corner of the known world to another. And he reported on or visited all of its continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa) to write about the vast array of subjects that captured his interest. These included the "great works" of the ancient land of Egypt; the remarkable kings who built the vast Persian Empire; and the strange customs and unlikely origins of the Scythians, a warlike, mounted people who lived beyond the Danube and whose repulse of Darius and the Persians in 513 B.C.E. made them the first Europeans to throw back an eastern invasion. The book that emerged from these "inquiries" - The Histories - is Herodotus's only known work, yet it still made Herodotus one of the rare, landmark figures in the story of thought. In these lectures, Professor Vandiver introduces you to Herodotus and The Histories, tracing the influences he assimilated and the new methods he used in crafting this monumental work. You learn how that work looked at the past in new and fresh ways, seeing it not as a distant recess shrouded in legend and rumor, but as something that lies close at hand; as something that immediately affects the here and now, and as a subject whose great personalities and patterns of events can be studied in order to make the reasons behind them as clear as possible. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

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Greek Tragedy

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Greek tragedy was a dramatic form that flourished for less than a full century. And yet it remains vibrant, alive, and productive today. And the form's masterpieces help us - as perhaps they helped their original audiences - grasp a fuller sense of the terror and wonder of life. Professor Vandiver has designed these 24 rich and rewarding lectures to give you a full overview of Greek tragedy, both in its original setting and as a lasting contribution to the artistic exploration of the human condition. You'll learn to see Greek tragedy as a genre in its cultural context. What is tragedy's deeper historical background? Did it grow out of rituals honoring the god Dionysus, as is so often said? How did Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides each make unique contributions to tragedy's expressive power? You'll also uncover what scholarship can reveal about the actual performance of Greek tragedy, including its physical and ritual settings, actors and acting methods, conventions of staging and stagecraft, and even how productions were financed. And with this solid background in place, you'll explore a broad group of tragedies in close detail. In particular, you'll see how individual tragedies used traditional myths (often tales from the Trojan War), and what Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides intended to accomplish by changing or adding to the basic story. You'll examine what certain tragedies imply about the world of 5th-century Athens and the importance, in turn, of the cultural background for explaining those tragedies.

©2000 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2000 The Great Courses

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Earth Spirit

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Earth Spirit: A Tragedy in Four Acts by Frank Wedekind  Translated by Samuel A. Eliot Presented by the Online Stage Frank Wedekind (1864-1918) was the most controversial dramatist of his age. Most of his work focuses on the ubiquity and inevitably corrupting influence of sexual attraction. His most famous plays are the two that depict the rise, fall, and eventual gruesome death of the vampish Lulu, who, in Wedekind’s presentation, became a ghastly parody of Goethe’s “Eternal Feminine”. The first of the plays is Earth Spirit, in which Lulu marries and survives three husbands, only to face prosecution for the shooting of the third. Lulu’s later adventures are described in the following play, Pandora’s Box. The two plays were later bundled with Death and the Devil and Castle Wetterstein to form a tetralogy that was published as Tragedies of Sex.  Cast Ringmaster/Rodrigo - Ron Altman Lulu - Charlotte Duckett Countess Geschwitz - Leanne Yau Schigolch - Marty Krz Alva Schön - Brett Downey Dr. Schön - John Burlinson Schwartz - Garrison Moore Prince Escerny and Ferdinand - Joseph Tabler Dr. Goll and Escherich - Alan Weyman Alfred Hugenberg and Henriette - Chyanne Donnell Stage directions read by Denis Daly  Audio edited by Denis Daly

Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage

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An Ideal Husband

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, and takes place over the course of 24 hours. Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece and is one of his most frequently produced plays. Cast: Lord Caversham - Alan Weyman, Mabel Chiltern - Amanda Friday, Lord Goring - Ben Lindsey-Clark, Sir Robert Chiltern - Chris Marcellus, Mason - David Prickett, Mr. Montford and Harold - Denis Daly, Lady Chiltern - Elizabeth Klett, Mrs. Marchmont - Erin Louttit, James - Jeff Moon, Lady Markby - Linda Barrans, Phipps - Noel Badrian, Vicomte de Nanjac - Peter Tucker, Mrs. Cheveley - PJ Morgan, Lady Basildon - Leanne Yau. Stage directions narrated by Tiffany Halla Colonna. Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett.

Public Domain (P)2016 The Online Stage

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The Importance of Being Earnest (dramatized)

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This is one of the great recordings of a great play. John Gielgud stars as Earnest and Edith Evans gives her indomitable performance as Lady Bracknell in this classic radio recording from 1951. Performance styles may have changed, but this is an unmatched production bearing all the hallmarks of outstanding audio drama featuring some of the finest actors of the 20th century.Also included are two collections of poetry readings by John Gielgud and Edith Evans.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Author: Oscar Wilde
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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The Mysterious Bride

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Hogg recounts a time where he knows he met a ghost. He addresses the audience, stating that the common folk no longer believe in ghosts, although he is a believer. Any person he talks to tells him the young women he's seen doesn't exist....   Museum Audiobooks strives to present audiobook versions of authentic, unabridged historical texts from prior eras which contain a variety of points of view. The texts do not represent the views or opinions of Museum Audiobooks, and in certain cases may contain perspectives or language that is objectionable to the modern listener.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

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The Odyssey of Homer

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What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why. This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey. In doing so, you'll understand the cultural assumptions that lie behind Homer's lines and the critical and interpretive issues involved in truly unpacking this ancient masterpiece. Among the range of episodes, themes, and topics you'll explore are: Odysseus's superb skills as a rhetorician; the abrupt break in the text at the end of the "Great Wanderings" episode, when the poem briefly returns to the third-person narrative; Penelope's knowledge and motives as they relate to the inevitability of her suitors' doom; the effectiveness (or possible lack thereof) in the poem's ending; the historical basis for the Trojan War from which Odysseus returns; and more. For anyone who's loved the stories of Odysseus's encounters with witches, monsters, and vengeful gods; for anyone who's longed to truly grasp the intricate nature of Homer's epic; or for anyone who has been looking for ways to approach a work that can often be intimidating to first-time readers, these lectures are an invaluable resource and a helpful introduction to the grandest adventure story in Western literature. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses

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Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

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The ancient Greeks left the world that came after them - particularly our own and our ways of seeing it - an incalculable legacy. Mention politics, philosophy, law, medicine, history, even the visual arts, and we barely scratch the surface of what we owe this extraordinary culture. How can we best learn about these people who have given us so much, who have deepened and enriched our understanding of ourselves, and whose world remains far closer than we might imagine? The 36 lectures of this sparkling series from a frequently honored teacher is an outstanding place to begin, as Professor Schenker opens up to us the epics of Homer; the dramatic genius of the playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes; and the poems of Archilochus, Sappho, and many others. He includes some of the world's greatest works of history and philosophy, and he gives rhetoric and oratory their proper due, as well. Beginning with Homer and the two great epics credited to him, the Iliad and the Odyssey - including a provocative discussion of whether Homer even existed - Professor Schenker offers a wide-ranging overview of the subject that is both instructive and entertaining. His lectures are rich in anecdote, so that the works are set against a vivid backdrop of their times, as exemplified by his description of the debut of Aeschylus's the Eumenides, first staged in Athens in 458 B.C.E. You'll learn that the presentation was said to have elicited full-blown terror in its audience. When the Furies - the hideous, avenging spirits roused from sleep by the ghost of the murdered Clytemnestra - appeared in the audience, men are said to have shrieked and fainted, with pregnant women miscarrying on the spot.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

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Arabian Nights: Volume 1

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Please note this drama contains some explicit content. This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist.  Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Treasure Island, listeners can expect to hear Scheherazade, Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves and Julnar of the Sea as they've never done before.  Step out of your comfort zone and indulge in the dark and fantastical world we've created. Travel with Mermen across the White City, go in search of treasures in hidden caves with Ali and Kasim and let yourself be guided by Scheherazade’s vision as she gives in to a deadly romance with Sultan Shahriya.  About the stories In Scheherezade, a woman finds herself the object of desire of a powerful Sultan with murderous desires. Her only chance at saving her life is by using the one power she herself possesses: her gift for telling enchanting stories, the very stories that follow in this drama....  Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves tells the tale of an impoverished husband and wife whose lives change drastically when husband Ali discovers the cave where a local gang of bandits are hiding their treasure. A happy ending? Not quite, as the money brings dangerous complications in the form of the greed of Ali's brother and sister-in-law and the determination of the bandits not to be stolen from. Can Ali save himself - or will his wife, Marjana, have to do all the work - in this taut romantic thriller?  In Julnar of the Sea, a merwoman finds the love of a mortal King and they produce a son, Prince Badr Basim. Julnar will have to look out for her son, Badr, as, true to his undersea birthright, he seeks out the love of Princess Jawhera of the Merfolk. She is haughty and her father King Es Semendel positively hostile, casting Badr into a dramatic odyssey which will take him to the island of a beautiful sorceress who makes literal pets of her lovers. Can Julnar and her brother, Salim, find and save Badr in time?  The cast: This drama features Omid Djalili (The Mummy, Gladiator, The Omid Djalili Show), Abraham Popoola, Adam Sina, Alyssa Kyria, Anoushka Rava, Atilla Akinci, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Betsabeh Emran, Daniel Naddafy, David Ahmad, Gisele Payvandi, Ian Abeysekera, Jonathan Morrison, Mandana Jones, Michael Franklin, Mitra Djalili, Nezar Alderazi, Philip Arditti, Raghad Chaar, Richard Reed, Pezh Maan, Tara Ja?ar, Walles Hamonde, Zahra Ahmadi and Hemi Yeroham.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.

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A Room with a View (Dramatized)

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In this original adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel, an encounter in Florence and an offer to exchange rooms brings George Emerson to the attention of Lucy Honeychurch. Their flirtation is cut short by Lucy’s chaperone, but when they meet again back home in England, Lucy must negotiate the demands of her station with the desires of her heart.  Includes an interview with Julian Sands.  Recorded before a live audience at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in March 2019.  Adapted and Directed by Kate McAll Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg Rosalind Ayres as Charlotte Bartlett Edita Brychta as Mrs. Honeychurch, Miss Lavish, Signora Alastair James Murden as Freddy Honeychurch, Guide, Italian Driver Moira Quirk as Miss Catherine Alan, Miss Teresa Alan, Maid Darren Richardson as Mr. Beebe and Sir Harry Julian Sands as Mr. Emerson Eugene Simon as George Emerson Eleanor Tomlinson as Lucy Honeychurch Matthew Wolf as Cecil Vyse, Shopkeeper, English Driver   Associate Artistic Director: Anna Lyse Erikson. Sound Designer, Recording and Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin. Foley Artist: Brian Wallace. Production Manager: Jessie Vachiano. Editor: Julian Nicholson

©2019 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2019 L.A. Theatre Works

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Henry V

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Henry V defeats the French army at Agincourt to claim the throne of France and Catherine de Valois as his bride. This play contains Henry's famous "Feast of Saint Crispin" address, perhaps the greatest pep-rally speech ever given!

©2007 Public Domain (P)2007 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

Narrator: Flo Gibson
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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Poems of the Elder Edda

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The great poetic tradition of pre-Christian Scandinavia is known to us almost exclusively though the Prose Edda, a collection of narrative literature, and its companion, the Poetic Edda. The poems originated in Iceland, Norway, and Greenland between the ninth and 13th centuries, when they were compiled in a unique manuscript known as the Codex Regius. The poems are primarily lyrical rather than narrative. Terry's fine translation includes the magnificent cosmological poem, "The Völuspá", didactic poems concerned with mythology and the everyday conduct of life, and heroic poems, of which an important group is concerned with the story of Sigurd and Brynhild. Poems of the Elder Edda will appeal to students of Old Norse, Icelandic, and Medieval literature, as well as to general readers and listeners of poetry. This audio version presents each poem followed by the translator's notes.

©1990 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2015 Mondello Publishing

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Fifty Poems of Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson was born into a prominent New England family. Sociable as a child, she grew increasingly withdrawn and in later years became known as a recluse. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime. After Emily's death in 1886, her sister Lavinia discovered 1,775 poems bound and small packets tied with thread. They were first published in 1890, attracting unexpected attention in literary circles. With sparse, precise language, Emily Dickinson conveyed a penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute understanding of the most profound human truths. Her poems have been widely recognized as among the greatest in the English language.

Public Domain (P)1997/2018 Dove Audio/Phoenix Books

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The Jugurthine War & The Conspiracy of Cataline

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A bloody revolt by a North African prince and a plot to seize control of Rome are the subjects of two short masterpieces of ancient history by the illustrious Roman chronicler, Sallust. The Jugurthine War tells the story of the crafty Numidian, Jugurtha, his brutal lunge for power beginning in 118 B.C. and his capture and execution in 106 B.C. It is a tale of pitched battles and savage guerilla warfare, failed peace conferences and corrupt officials, treachery and heroism. The Conspiracy of Cataline is a gothic tale of revenge, violence, and naked aggression in the pursuit of power. Its most famous participants are Cicero, the young Julius Caesar, and Lucius Sergius Cataline. Cataline is described by Sallust as "a guilt-stained soul at odds with gods and men, who found no rest either waking or sleeping, so cruelly did conscience ravage his overwrought mind". Hear the peculiar power in the dramatic prose which Sallust employs in these two great works. They are not only a magnificent example of the gravitas of the Latin language in the hands of a master, but also a valuable source for the speeches of some of history's most famous leaders. Translated by Handford, Lord, and Blackistone. Also included on this volume:With Cataline himself present in the Roman senate chamber near the end of 63 B.C., Cicero hurled at him one of the most superb examples of oratory ever known, the famous First Oration Against Cataline which was memorized by schoolboys for a thousand years. As the speech continued, the senators who were seated in the vicinity of Cataline quietly got up one by one and moved away from him, leaving him alone on one side of the senate chamber staring at the floor. Upon its completion, with applause for Cicero still ringing in his ears, Cataline walked out of the senate building and left Rome. Listen as this spine tingling example of oratorical bravura engulfs Cataline!

(P)2004 Audio Connoisseur

Author: Sallust, Cicero
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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Ovid

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"Vivam" is the very last word of Ovid's masterpiece, the Metamorphoses: "I shall live". If we're still reading it two millennia after Ovid's death, this is by definition a remarkably accurate prophecy. Ovid was not the only ancient author with aspirations to be read for eternity, but no poet of the Greco-Roman world has had a deeper or more lasting impact on subsequent literature and art than he can claim. In the present day, no Greek or Roman poet is as accessible, to artists, writers, or the general listener: Ovid's voice remains a compellingly contemporary one, as modern as it seemed to his contemporaries in Augustan Rome. But Ovid was also a man of his time, his own story fatally entwined with that of the first emperor Augustus, and the poetry he wrote channels in its own way the cultural and political upheavals of the contemporary city, its public life, sexual mores, religion, and urban landscape, while also exploiting the superbly rich store of poetic convention that Greek literature and his Roman predecessors had bequeathed to him. Llewelyn Morgan explores Ovid's immense influence on later literature and art, spanning from Shakespeare to Bernini. Throughout, Ovid's poetry is revealed as enduringly scintillating, his personal story compelling, and the issues his life and poetry raise of continuing relevance and interest.

©2020 Llewelyn Morgan (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Page
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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The History of Rome, Volume 1, Books 1 - 5

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When Livy began his epic The History of Rome, he had no idea of the fame and fortune he would eventually attain. He would go on to become the most widely read writer in the Roman Empire and was eagerly sought out and feted like a modern celebrity. And his fame continued to grow after his death. His bombastic style, his intricate and complex sentence structure, and his flair for powerfully recreating the searing drama of historical incidents made him a favorite of teachers and pupils alike. Along with Virgil and Cicero, Livy formed the Latin triumvirate of essential studies for 2,000 years. Hardly anyone who was educated was unaware of at least some of the more famous stories of Roman myth and history as told by Titus Livius. When completed, Livy's magnificent work consisted of 142 "books" (i.e. long chapters) and covered the period from the mythical founding of Rome through the time of Augustus. Books 1 - 10 and 21 - 45 are all that have come down to us in reasonably complete form. Volume 1 consists of books 1 - 5, which takes us from the founding of Rome in the eighth century BC to its sack by the Gauls in 390 BC. The Audio Connoisseur series will eventually come to six volumes. This version was translated by Roberts.

Public Domain (P)2010 Audio Connoisseur

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Abraham Lincoln: A Little Book of Verse

Summary

Not many people have influenced the world we live in today in quite the same way as Abraham Lincoln. A visionary, scholar, and gentle soul. Simple qualities we all have within us, but few use these qualities to benefit mankind in quite the same way as Abe did.  Centuries after his passing into spirit, we still remember his name, his work, and his legacy and will continue to do so for centuries to come.  This short trilogy of verse I feel best capture his essence and the feeling of people who lived with and knew him.

©2018 Matthew Hutton (P)2018 Matthew Hutton

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Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts

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Controversy and hidden pasts are suddenly and painfully exposed as wealthy widow Mrs Alving prepares to open a new orphanage in memory of her husband. Her treasured son Oswald’s return from Paris and her relationship with old friend Pastor Manders are no longer the source of joy they once were, as secrets are turned into a frightening and desperate reality. First published in 1881 and performed the following year, Ibsen paints a bleak picture of the sacred institution of marriage and the family, and with its open discussion of the taboo subjects of free love, incest, and venereal disease, it is hardly surprising that this masterpiece caused such a hostile reaction with audiences and critics alike.

©2010 Stephen Mulrine (P)2010 Fantom Films

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Death and the Maiden

Summary

Suspense mounts when Paulina and her husband offer hospitality to a stranger. Paulina thinks she recognizes, in their guest, the man who tortured her in prison, and she subsequently takes him hostage to find out the truth. A stunningly blunt and compelling play, Death and the Maiden explores brilliantly the issues of torture, power, vulnerability, ethics, and trust. An award-winning play by Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman, forced into exile in 1973.

©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works

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Life Lessons from the Great Myths

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Summary

Change the way you think about some of the greatest stories ever told with this examination of the most important myths from more than 3,000 years of history. The ways in which the human imagination can transform historical events, people, and themes into powerful myths that endure through the ages is nothing short of awe-inspiring.  To examine the core of the world's greatest myths and tales is to confront some of history's most basic human truths. These 36 captivating lectures comprise a powerful work of storytelling prowess and historical insight, exploring events and individuals that so gripped civilizations, they transcended to the level of myth and played an important role in shaping culture, politics, religion, and more.  Looking at myths from ancient Greece and Rome, from the Near East and the Middle East, from early and modern Europe, and from the United States, Professor Fears shows how myths convey higher truths too profound to be described in ordinary language. Decoding them, Professor Fears reveals how they serve as enduring sources of wisdom. For example, the rich tapestry of supernatural events in the Epic of Gilgamesh provided support for Mesopotamian politics, including the need for a divinely appointed kingship. The furious battles in Beowulf played an important role in cementing Germanic ideas of courage, heroism, glory, and honor. And the dramatic last stand at the Battle of the Alamo emphasized for Americans that liberty is worth any price.  The search for wisdom is one of life's great purposes, and there is much wisdom to be gleaned from the world's great myths. By the final powerful and stirring lecture of this course, you're sure to find yourself wiser than you were before you started.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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Death and the Devil

Summary

Death and the Devil: A Dance of Death in Three Scenes by Frank Wedekind. Translated by Samuel A. Eliot and Denis Daly. Cast: The Marquis Casti-Piani - John Burlinson; Fräulein Elfriede von Malchus - Amanda Friday; Herr König - Mark Crowle-Groves; Lisiska - Leanne Yau. Stage directions read by Denis Daly. Audio edited by Denis Daly.   This play forms part of a tetralogy which focuses on one of Wedekind's obsessive themes: the destructive interplay between primal sexual urges and social convention. Each play revolves around a powerful young female character, who has the power to control and captivate men, but who in turn is destroyed by the exercise of that power.  In this play, the dominant female is Fräulein Elfriede von Malchus, an idealistic crusader who visits a brothel operated by the cynical impresario Casti-Piani in order to rescue a young woman who has fallen into his clutches. In a perverse way, Wedekind's plays are morality tales, in which he gives a new twist to the biblical admonition; "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." In most cases, when characters finally do become aware of who they are and what they have done, the knowledge leads to their destruction. In Death and the Devil, Casti-Piani kills himself when he learns that prostitution can actually provide its victims with a path to moral glorification.

Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage

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Aeneis

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Troja steht in Flammen und ist unrettbar verloren. Nun soll der Trojaner Aeneas, im Auftrag Jupiters, in der Ferne die Stadt Rom gründen. Doch die Göttermutter Juno zürnt Aeneas und seinen Gefährten. Unzählige Prüfungen müssen die Trojaner bestehen, hungrige Zyklopen überlisten und gegen die Heere Latiums kämpfen, bevor sie am Tiber eine neue Heimat finden. Die hochkarätig besetzte Hörspielinszenierung des SWR erweckt Vergils mythischen Bericht von der Entstehung Roms auf mitreißende Weise zu neuem Leben. Ein absolutes Muss für alle Klassiker-Fans! Hörspiel mit Joachim Nottke, Gisela Uhlen u.v.a.

©2020 keine Buchvorlage. Übersetzung von Johann Heinrich Voß (P)2020 DAV

Author: Vergil
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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The Rubaiyat

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I first read Edward Fitzgerald’s celebrated, if controversial, version of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat when I happened upon it in my father’s extensive library when I was a sophomore at Notre Dame High School. I have since read it countless times, even purchasing over 10 different editions of the widely-read poem, which is arguably the most famous Persian literary work in the world.  While there is much debate about Omar Khayyam’s philosophical outlook (is his message Sufi-oriented or existentially hedonistic?), there is no doubting its beauty and its profundity of thought.

Public Domain (P)2019 David Christopher Lane

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Thirukkural

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Written by Thiruvalluvar in Tamil 10,000 years ago, Thirukkural and its Pearls of Wisdom is as relevant today as it was when written. Hence, it is known as a book for all ages. The Thirukkural is a classic Tamil sangam literature consisting of 1,330 couplets or Kurals. The Tirukku is one of the most important works in the Tamil language. This is reflected in some of the other names by which the text known, such as Tami Marai (Tamil Veda), Poyyamozhi (words that never fail) and Deiva Nool (divine text). The work is dated to sometime between the third and first centuries BCE and is considered to precede Manimekalai and Silappatikaram, since they both acknowledge the Kural text.  Please note: This audiobook is in Tamil and English.

©2009 M. Rajaram (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Lysistrata

Summary

Lysistrata is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, which was originally performed in Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary quest to terminate the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states, by advocating that the women deny all the men of the land any sex. At a meeting, Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold sexual privileges from their men. She has also persuaded the older women of Athens to seize the Acropolis. As the women sacrifice a bottle of wine to the gods in celebration of their oath, they hear the sounds of the older women taking the Acropolis, the fortress that houses the treasury of Athens. Unfortunately, Lysistrata’s policy triggers a war between the sexes....

©Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Andrea Giordani
Author: Aristophanes
Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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Romeo y Julieta (Dramatizado) [Romeo and Juliet (Dramatized)]

Summary

FonoLibro está orgulloso en presentar el audiolibro en español una de las más famosas y primera historias de amor, Romeo y Julieta escrita por William Shakespeare. Este audiolibro magníficamente dramatizado es una manera maravillosa de experimentar y escuchar a Shakespeare a todo volumen. Con música asombrosa, y el efectos de sonido musical que reviven la hermosa historia de amor de Romeo y Julieta. Romeo y Julieta es un cuento sencillo y dramático acerca del amor imposible entre una pareja de jóvenes descendientes de dos familias enemigas. Captura el entusiasmo juvenil y la pasión poética que caracterizan todo de los primos trabajos de William Shakespeare que hace Romeo y Julieta en la creación más sublime y romántica en la Literatura Universal. Note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

Public Domain (P)2007 FonoLibro Inc.

Narrator: FonoLibro Inc.
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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Pride and Prejudice

Summary

Angela Lansbury plays Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with matters of upbringing, marriage, moral rightness and education in her aristocratic society.

©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II: The Seed of Banquo

Summary

In 1610, The Tragedy of Macbeth was first performed. Four hundred years later: the sequel, written as a five-act play in blank verse. Ten years king, Malcolm sits on an uneasy throne. If Malcolm’s mind is haunted by the ghosts of his royal father (“gracious Duncan”) as well as the thane and lady who so bloodily betrayed him, Malcolm’s soul is sickened, as was Macbeth’s, by the witches’ prophecy that from Banquo’s seed would spring a line of Scottish kings: a prophecy that remained unfulfilled at the end of Shakespeare’s play. The witches also taunt Malcolm with riddles all his own: that sorrows will visit him from Ireland (where his younger brother fled upon their father’s death); that his love for Macbeth will breed fresh treachery. True to the Shakespearean model, its devious plot unfolding in five acts and its speech set to the measure of blank verse, Macbeth, Part II, draws bold the tragedy of a powerful man undone by the terrors he imagines and the truths he fails to see.

©2011 Noah Lukeman (P)2019 Noah Lukeman

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Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey

Summary

No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature. "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", with their incomparable tales of the Trojan War, Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the beautiful Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are familiar to most people because they are so pervasive. They have fed our imaginations for over two-and-a-half millennia, inspiring everyone from Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, Dante to Wolfgang Petersen.In this graceful and sweeping addition to the Books that Changed the World series, Alberto Manguel traces the lineage of these epic poems. He considers their original purpose, either as allegory or record of history; surveys the challenges the pagan poems presented to the early Christian world; and traces their spread after the Reformation. Following Homer through the greatest literature ever created, Manguel's book above all delights in the poems themselves, the "primordial spring without which there would have been no culture".

©2007 Alberto Manguel (P)2008 Tantor

Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Pale Sister

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Antigone stood defiant in the face of tyranny.   Best-selling and award winning author Colm Tóibín wrote this new dramatisation of the Greek tragedy especially to be performed by Irish actor Lisa Dwan.   Pale Sister gives voice to Antigone’s sister, Ismene, who recounts her sister’s defiance of the king as pressures mount on her to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example.   Pale Sister tells Antigone’s story through Ismene: the quiet person in the corner, bearing witness to everything.   Dwan’s skilled theatrical performance delivers words that give power to those without, and a message that resonates deeply in today’s world. With sound design by Sinead Diskin.   The stage performance was produced by Audible and The Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, 2019.

©2020 Colm Tóibín (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Lisa Dwan
Author: Colm Toibin
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Amazing Insecurity

Summary

The day before the rebellion of the Earl of Essex in London, the Lord Chamberlain's Men performed upon commission Richard II, a play wherein Bolingbroke might be taken for Essex and King Richard for Queen Elizabeth. Amazing Insecurity presents two scenes from that performance, as revised by F. L. Light in Sophoclean English classicized. A description of the insurrection and Shakespeare's response thereto are in this play included. The protagonist is Shakespeare. This historical drama maintains the classical form of tragedy in English with seven scenes of dialogue and seven choral performances.

©2014 F. L. Light (P)2015 Frederick Lazarus Light

Narrator: John Feather
Author: F. L. Light
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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Roar: Cyprus

Summary

One fateful winter evening, Cyprus Reyner - a young Whisper - befriends Victoria d'Audrieu through a shared desire to learn more of the Kingdom of Rhoryn. After years of friendship and perseverance, they develop a bond that withstands the test of time. But when Jeremi Terryn comes to their home city of Lorelyn, their relationship will be tested in ways they never thought possible. Cyprus must make the most important decision of his life; let the woman he loves live her dreams, or beg her to stay by his side.

©2016 Catherine LaCroix (P)2020 Catherine LaCroix

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Daily Stoic: A Daily Journal

Summary

This audiobook is a collection of Stoic sayings organized to allow daily reference and inspiration. Including quotes from:  Marcus Aurelius  Seneca  Epictetus  And much more The Stoic advice covered in this volume runs the gambit from personal problems, to interpersonal relationships, to advice on work and productivity, to dealing with the hand of fate.  Meditations in this audiobook are split up by seasons. There are meditations for each season, covering the four seasons. Face the world with a new light with the help of these immortal thinkers and learn both to conquer yourself and to come to terms with those things you cannot control.

©2018 George Tanner (P)2018 George Tanner

Narrator: Isaac Mantelli
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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The Rivals

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A comedy of manners in five acts, The Rivals was Sheridan's second commercially produced play. The play is set in Bath in the 18th century, a town legendary for conspicuous consumption and fashion at the time. Wealthy, fashionable people went there to "take the waters", which were believed to have healing properties. Bath was much less exclusive than London, and provides an ideal setting for the characters. The plot centres around the two young lovers, Lydia and Jack. Lydia, who reads a lot of popular novels of the time, wants a purely romantic love affair. To court her, Jack pretends to be "Ensign Beverley", a poor officer. Lydia is enthralled with the idea of eloping with a poor soldier in spite of her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop, a moralistic widow.

©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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Agamemnon

Summary

Agamemnon is the first part of the Oresteia trilogy by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. Each of the plays that form part of The Oresteia can stand alone, but they perfectly complement one other in a longer narrative. Agamemnon provides the seed of all the themes that are explored in part two, The Libation Bearers, and three, The Eumenides.   Agamemnon tells the story of the homecoming of Agamemnon, the King of Mycenae, after the fall of Troy. Waiting for him at home was his wife, Queen Clytemnestra, with murder in her heart. She wants him dead to avenge the sacrifice of her daughter Iphigenia, to be able to openly embrace her lover Aegisthus, and to become ruler of Mycenae. Clytemnestra’s action would trigger a spate of tragedies.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Keira Grace
Author: Aeschylus
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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Summary and Analysis of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Summary

Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times, winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon.)  

©2018 Michael Peters (P)2018 Michael Peters

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The Theogony of Hesiod

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"The Theogony" (“Birth of the Gods”) is a poem by Hesiod which describes the origin, position and relationships of the gods of the Greek pantheon. Hesiod created a synthesis of the diverse Greek traditions concerning the gods, in the form of a hymn invoking Zeus and the Muses. The Theogony is the first known Greek mythical cosmogony. However, it should not be considered as the authoritative source of Greek mythology, but rather as a portrait of a dynamic tradition that was recorded around 700 BCE. Hesiod’s narrative recounts the universe’s primordial state as a dark void, the emergence of the gods and how they established control over the cosmos. Life began with the spontaneous generation of four beings: Chaos (Chasm), Gaia (Earth), Tartarus (the underworld), and Eros (Desire).

Public Domain (P)2019 Woodkeep Audio

Narrator: Philip Ray
Author: Hesiod
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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The Children of the New Forest

Summary

The Roundheads under Cromwell and the Cavaliers under Charles I, have fought a bloody Civil War: the defeated King has escaped south towards the New Forest. The Parliamentry troops believe he will hide in the home of Colonel Beverly, a famous Cavalier - they surround the house believeing they will smoke him out. No King is found and they are told that they have killed the four children who were in the house - but they escape with the old forester, Jacob Armitage, who must now teach them to lose their lace, and velvet manners and behave and look like Puritans. He must also teach them how to hunt, farm and survive in the magnifiecent New Forest, first laid out by William the Conquerer.  Edward, the oldest, Humphrey and their sisters, Alice and Edith will find a new life, and for Edward, new love with the Superintendents' daughter, Patience Heatherstone.  Captain Marryat tells this story with loving attention to the details of living in the forest and to History where the balance between King and Parliament has changed forever.

Public Domain (P)2013 Lumen Arts

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Redl singt Villon

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Ein einzigartiges literarisches Klangerlebnis: Der Schauspieler und Musiker Christian Redl hat mit seiner Band die Texte des französischen Dichters François Villon vertont und entführt einen dabei auf sowohl literarisch wie musikalisch reizvolle Weise ins Frankreich des 15. Jahrhunderts. Dort geht es hoch her - Lust und Leid, Prostitution und Tod, Musik und Kriminalität sind an der Tagesordnung.

©2004 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Christian Redl
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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The Verge

Summary

Susan Keating Glaspell (1876 - 1948) was a novelist, playwright, journalist and actress. The Verge reflects Glaspell's observation of the way in which Victorian society left some women feeling trapped in roles for which they were unsuited.  The story is about Claire, a woman who lives her life on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Trying to create a new type of plant, Claire spends most of her time in the greenhouse.  One winter, with a house full of guests, she diverts the heat to the greenhouse. She tries to leave her family and friends outside, in the cold, and their attempts to bring her back to the real world drive her over the edge into utter insanity. The language of The Verge is unusual. The characters sometimes speak in poetic fragments rather than everyday speech.  What’s more, symbolism features heavily in the play. Of course, it all ends in death and destruction, with Claire humming "Nearer My God, to Thee” and with a smoking gun in her hand and a dead man at her feet.

Public Domain (P)2019 Woodkeep Audio

Narrator: Anna Lee
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Pygmalion

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Summary

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw  Presented by The Online Stage  In the Greek legend, a sculptor, Pygmalion, created a statue of a woman so beautiful that he fell in love with it. Later the goddess Aphrodite responded to his earnest prayers and brought the statue, named Galatea, to life. Shaw's Pygmalion is a fussy unmarried professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, who claims that he could train an uneducated person off the street to speak so that he or she could pass as a member of the aristocracy. His Galatea is Eliza Doolittle, who sells flowers at Covent Garden and whose father is a dissipated but cunning vagrant. Higgins finds Eliza a surprisingly apt pupil, but with her new found skill in elocution comes a streak of independence, which threatens to upset the complacent harmony of his domestic life. Like many of Shaw's plays, Pygmalion includes a preface, as well as an afterword in which Shaw relates the further history of Eliza as she learns how to incorporate her training by Higgins into her new lifestyle.  Cast: Narrator: Grace Garrett  Eliza Dolittle: Arielle Lipshaw   Henry Higgins: Jeff Moon   Colonel Pickering: Denis Daly  Clara Eynsford-Hill: Amanda Friday  Mrs. Eynsford-Hill and Mrs Pearce: Sara Morsey   Bystander and Mrs. Higgins: Sarah Mitchell   Sarcastic Bystander and Alfred Dolittle: Alan Weyman   Parlour-Maid: Sarah Bacaller   Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Mark Crowle-Groves  Audio edited by Denis Daly

Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage

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A Drama of the Gouldium

Summary

The Broadway Rapture: A Drama of the Gouldium. Against uncomfortable competition in national telegraphy, the Western Union Company, led by Jay Gould, with a number of new telegraphic firms warred to maintain her primacy. When the murderer of Jim Fisk becomes a partner in one of his competitors, revengeful competition is pursued by Gould. The Broadway Rapture is of historical fights for capital superiority. This play is one of the Gouldium, a series of dramas on the life and times of Jay Gould. As in most of these plays there are seven scenes of dialogue and seven choral episodes.

©2012 F.L. Light (P)2013 Frederick Lazarus Light

Author: F. L. Light
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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The Lays of Marie de France

Summary

The 12 Lays of Marie de France offer one of the most striking collections of short narrative poems of the 12th century - two centuries before Chaucer.   Written in Anglo-French, they contain beguiling and entertaining stories of love and romance, of chivalry and adventure with sometimes even a magical twist. They are especially unique in early literature by being ascribed to a female poet, Marie de France: in the very first Lay - 'Guigemar' - is the introductory line: ‘Hear my Lords, what Marie says, who does not wish to be forgotten in her time.’  In this modern prose translation by Edward J. Gallagher, professor of French studies, Wheaton College, Norton Massachusets, the vigour and spirit of the Lays is foremost, balanced by gentle poetry and story-telling. Professor Gallagher, in his introduction, explains: ‘If Chrétien de Troyes’ five romances and the two Old French versions of the Tristan story constitute the medieval precursors of the modern novel, The Lays can be considered the medieval antecedents of the modern short story. What is undeniable is Marie de France’s place in literary history as the most accomplished writer of lays.’  Each of the Lays focuses on some extraordinary adventure involving in all cases a problematic love relationship in a chivalric society. The geographic setting is frequently, but not exclusively, Britain or continental Brittany.  These are tales of honourable love, adulterous love, old men attempting to guard young wives, betrayal, hope and despair. Often, strict moral codes expected by the Church of the time are flouted as love conquers all. The Lays are read engagingly by Georgina Sutton. A short introduction leading to the Lays, and scholarly notes to conclude by Professor Gallagher are read by David Rintoul.  In addition, the recording is accompanied by a PDF containing the prologue and the first Lay, 'Guigemar', in Anglo-Norman for further interest and insight.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2010 Hackett Publishing Company (P)2020 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Richard II

Summary

Richard II is dangerously out of touch with his kingdom. He wastes money, raises taxes to support his lavish lifestyle, plays favorites, and cares more about his vanity than the common good. When Henry Bolingbroke - father of the future Henry V - challenges Richard for the throne, it's a fight the king can't win. But in losing his crown he gains far greater things: his humanity and his soul. Shakespeare's luminous, poetic masterpiece is the first of four plays that chronicle the House of Lancaster's rise and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Lais

Summary

Marie de France visse nel XII secolo, e di lei si sa pochissimo, solo quello che scrive di se stessa: "Il mio nome è Maria e sono di Francia. Visse probabilmente alla corte di Enrico II d'Inghilterra e di Eleonora d'Aquitania, ed è la più antica narratrice nelle letterature volgari d’Occidente. Questa è una collezione di storie cortesi (originalmente in lingua d’oïl ) – famose novelle d’amore tutte tramandate da canzoni bretoni. Marie de France, accanto a Chretien de Troyes, inaugura il cosiddetto Ciclo di Bretagna, che deriva dalla fiaba di Artù e Merlino. La traduzione di Serafino Balduzzi in prosa e versi liberi ha mantenuto tutta la freschezza e la leggerezza dell’originale. Please Note: This audiobook is in Italian.

©2013 Serafino Balduzzi (P)2013 Silvia Cecchini

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Charmes

Summary

Abordant les thèmes de la nature, de la vie et de la mort, la magnifique poésie de Paul Valéry invite le lecteur à l'introspection, à la découverte de son soi intérieur. Chacune de ses poésies, qu'elles soient longues ou courtes, font de ce recueil la marque de l'un de nos plus grands poètes.

©domaine public (P)2020 FV Éditions

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The Jew of Malta: Adapted by David Serero

Summary

The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe, starring David Serero as Barrabas. Cast album recording of 2017 off-Broadway production. Directed and adapted by David Serero.

©2018 David Serero (P)2018 David Serero

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Antony and Cleopatra

Summary

A Shakespeare Society Production. The complete play in five acts. William Shakespeare lived between 1552-1616, but his work endures and is enjoyed the world over.

Public Domain (P)1995 HarperCollins Publishers

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Mahabharata: The Roll of the Dice

Summary

In the second book in this three-part series, the roll of the dice reverses the fortunes of the Pandavas. The peaceful years following the division of the kingdom of Bharata are soon to end because of Duryodhana's jealousy. Along with his uncle, Sakuni, he plots to secure the entire kingdom. The twisted path of simmering tension between the royal cousins culminates in an unfair game of dice. The Pandavas accept Duryodhana's challenge to gamble, fully aware that they can never win against the cunning Sakuni. Yudhishtira, the architect of his misfortune, gambles away his territory, his wealth, his brothers, himself, and even his wife. Blinded by the lust for power, the blood ties melt away. What do they do now? Where do they go next?

©2009 DC BOOKS (P)2012 DC BOOKS

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Othello Adapted in a Moroccan Style

Summary

Othello, by William Shakespeare, is adapted in a Moroccan style by David Serero. Starring David Serero as Othello.

©2016 David Serero (P)2016 David Serero

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