From the General Editor

Winged Words and the digital Library

Over a century ago, James Loeb announced the founding of the Loeb Classical Library and his intention to bring the written treasures of the ancient Greek and Roman world “within the reach of all who care for the finer things in life.” Now it gives us great pleasure to welcome you – old friends and newcomers, scholars, students, and general readers alike – to the digital Loeb Classical Library, and to invite you to enjoy its Greek and Latin texts alongside English translations, in the familiar ways and in surprisingly new ones.

Praise for the digital Loeb Classical Library

“The Loeb Library…remains to this day the Anglophone world’s most readily accessible collection of classical masterpieces… Now, with their digitization, [the translations] have crossed yet another frontier.”—Wall Street Journal

“The digital Loeb Classical Library will be a transformative experience for professionals doing research and provide everyone else with a wonderful buffet of reading to browse.”—Weekly Standard

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July 11, 2018

New Loebs (November 2018)

Theogony. Works and Days. Testimonia
The Shield. Catalogue of Women. Other Fragments
Edited and Translated by Glenn W. Most
Theogony. Works and Days. Testimonia The two extant poems of Hesiod (eighth or seventh century BC) are Theogony and Works and Days. Though attributed to him in antiquity, the Catalogue of Women and The Shield were likely not composed by Hesiod himself. Glenn W. Most has thoroughly revised his edition to take account of the textual and interpretive scholarship that has appeared since its initial publication.
Diseases of Women 1–2
Edited and Translated by Paul Potter
Diseases of Women 1–2 This eleventh and final volume in the Loeb Classical Library’s complete edition of Hippocrates contains Diseases of Women 1 and 2, focusing on reproductive life, the pathological conditions affecting the reproductive organs, and their proper terminology and recommended treatments. A lexicon of therapeutic agents is included.

March 5, 2018

Recent Loebs (June 2018)

History of Rome, Volume XI
Edited and Translated by J. C. Yardley
History of Rome, Volume XI Livy (Titus Livius, 64 or 59 BC–AD 12 or 17), the great Roman historian, presents a vivid narrative of Rome’s rise from the traditional foundation of the city in 753 or 751 BC to 9 BC and illustrates the collective and individual virtues necessary to maintain such greatness. The fourth decad (31–40) focuses on Rome’s growing hegemony in the East.
Edited and Translated by Neil Hopkinson
Posthomerica Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica, composed between the late second and mid-fourth centuries AD, boldly adapts Homeric diction and style to fill in the story of the Trojan expedition between the end of the Iliad and the beginning of the Odyssey. This edition replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library edition by A. S. Way (1913).
Tragedies, Volume I: Hercules. Trojan Women. Phoenician Women. Medea. Phaedra
Tragedies, Volume II: Oedipus. Agamemnon. Thyestes. Hercules on Oeta. Octavia
Edited and Translated by John G. Fitch
Tragedies, Volume I Seneca (ca. AD 4–65) authored verse tragedies that strongly influenced Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists. Plots are based on myth, but themes reflect imperial Roman politics. John G. Fitch has thoroughly revised his two-volume edition to take account of scholarship that has appeared since its initial publication.