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The Iliad

The Iliad


One of the greatest poetic epics ever written, the tale of the Iliad tells the tale of the great war of the Greeks against the Trojans to recover a runaway bride of a great Greek king. The main hero, Achilles, goes along for the glory and servitude of the war and ends up showing just how human this supposedly immortal hero can be. ...   [click here for more]
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A Shadow's Cry: Dark Poetry from a Troubled Mind

A Shadow's Cry: Dark Poetry from a Troubled Mind


Everyone knows it’s out there, but no one really wants to talk about it. Depression. What you will read is my struggle with years of suffering. My struggle with sadness, anger and love is all reflected inside. Some of this may seem a bit chaotic sometimes moving from a romantic poem to an all out angry and sad rant. That is the way of depression however, at one moment you are fine and everything...   [click here for more]
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Beowulf: Scholar's Edition

Beowulf: Scholar's Edition


In this edition there are three modern English translations along with the original Old English version that students and teachers can use to study and compare the original epic in all its glory! ...   [click here for more]
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Book of the Dead and other Egyptian Papyri and Tablets

Book of the Dead and other Egyptian Papyri and Tablets


The main text of this volume outlines the funerary rights of the ancient Egyptians. The funeral process for this ancient empire was long and drawn out but allowed for the soul, or Ka, to make its way to the land of the dead and back again to one day be resurrected. Also included are tablets that outline letters from various officials of missions and conquests of the Egyptians as well as stories of...   [click here for more]
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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet


When two star-crossed young people meet and fall in complete love with each other, they realize there is going to be a problem with their families that are currently warring with each other. When they secretly get married and are about to start their life together, a friend is murdered and the battle between the two families intensified causing the two young people to have to go to extreme measures...   [click here for more]
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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar


A powerful general and proconsul in the Roman republic is given absolute authority and given the Roman equivalent of kingship. Certain senators take offense at such arrogance of Caesar and set a plan in motion to assassinate him on the Ides of March. When the plan is executed, the people and Caesar’s closest friend Marc Antony turn against the conspirators and wage a civil war against them. ...   [click here for more]
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King Lear

King Lear


When the aloof King Lear has his thrown stripped from him by those he trusts, him and his court fool wander the English countryside looking for meaning in the things around them. Strange allies in the King of France come to give Lear his throne back but it may already be too late for Lear and his family. ...   [click here for more]
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The Tempest

The Tempest


When the sorcerer Prospero desires to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place in the nobility of Milan, he lures his brother Altonio and King Alonso to a remote island via a personified tempest. His plans have unsuspected turns however as true intentions and forgiveness of those lured to the island are revealed. ...   [click here for more]
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark


After being visited by the ghost of his dead father, Hamlet learns that his uncle Claudius murdered his father, married his mother all for the throne of Denmark. The King’s ghost, calls for revenge and Hamlet seeks his chance to take out his anger and wrath on all those who were part of this conspiracy. ...   [click here for more]
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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra


After fighting the battle for Julius Caesar’s revenge, Antony gets entranced by his former friends love interest Cleopatra and starts an affair with her, neglecting his wife and political responsibilities back in Rome. After being called home to help fend off some pirates, Antony returns to Egypt and claims one third of the Roman Empire for himself, leading Octavius Caesar to fight Antony for...   [click here for more]
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream


This work is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and is performed on many stages across the world. Set around the marriage of the Duke Theseus to the Amazon queen Hippolyta, the Duke and other players interact with fairies and other woodland wonders as the wedding date and celebration draw to a comedic close centring around the Duke and fairy king, Oberon. ...   [click here for more]
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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing


When the great prince, Don Pedro returns from a successful battle, he brings home his soldiers who start to be wooed by local girls. Claudio, especially, falls for the beautiful Hero and intends to marry her. When the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro, Don John, shows up on the scene, he attempts to undo his brother and starts spreading rumours that Don Pedro intends to marry Hero. Meanwhile, another...   [click here for more]
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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice


When the young Bassanio sees the beautiful Portia, he approaches some money lenders in order to become an acceptable suitor. When his usual lender turns him down, he approaches Shylock who promises him the money if he can take a pound of Bassino’s flesh if he fails to repay the loan by a certain date. Agreeing to the terms, Bassanio sets off to pursue Portia but must overcome an unsettling puzzle...   [click here for more]
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Tristan and Isolda

Tristan and Isolda


When Tristan is escorting the Irish princess to his King so he can marry her, Tristan falls in love with the wife to be and starts to meet secretly with the new queen to the anger of the King. When Tristan takes a deadly blow in a duel with the king, Isolda is called on to see if she can save her one true love. ...   [click here for more]
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Twelfth Night or, What You Will

Twelfth Night or, What You Will


When Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked, Viola dresses as a man and enters the service of her new love interest, Duke Orsino. Duke Orisno, sends Viola to court the Countess Olivia who in turn falls in love with Viola. Sebastian on the other hand is caught in the middle as he shows up to the city later than Viola. ...   [click here for more]
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Pericles Prince of Tyre

Pericles Prince of Tyre


Discovering that the ruler of Antioch is in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, Pericles, the young ruler of Tyre, flees the city rather than answer a riddle and reveal the disturbing relationship. On his journeys he weds the beautiful Thaisa and she apparently dies in childbirth at sea. When the young child is separated from her father, she grows up to be a beautiful maiden that teaches...   [click here for more]
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The Life of Timon of Athens

The Life of Timon of Athens


The main character, Timon, throws a lavish party at which he starts to hand out money as though it is nothing giving it away to anyone for almost any reason. When the money is gone and those that fooled him out of his gold come crying for more along with those that Timon was indebted to, he flees the city and finds a treasure trove. When those in the city discover he is rich again, they all come calling...   [click here for more]
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The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale


Two lifelong friends, the kings of Sicilia and Bohemia are visiting each other when the Bohemian king wishes to return home. The Sicilian king is unable to convince him to stay so sends his wife who convinces him. Suspecting infidelity, the king of Sicilia imprisons his wife and doesn’t speak to his friend again or the daughter he refused to acknowledge as his own to his own despair. ...   [click here for more]
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Cymbeline

Cymbeline


The king Cymbeline had two sons that were lost a long time ago. When he has a daughter as a last child who becomes enamoured and married to Roman official in his court. When Cymbeline refuses to pay the tribute to the Roman emperor, the wrath of the Romans comes down on the vassal king of Britain. Cymbeline must deal with this while also dealing with her murderous wife who is trying to secure the throne...   [click here for more]
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All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well


Helena, a Spanish citizen of low birth becomes infatuated with Bertram who shows no interest in her whatsoever. Hearing that the King of France is sick, Bertram goes to France to offer his services to the soon to be King. Helena follows him and offers her skills as a healer and heals the French king in return for marriage to someone of her choosing. She selects Bertram and he soon goes to war saying...   [click here for more]
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As You Like It

As You Like It


The Duchy that Duke Senior was lord of has been taken by Fredrick and Senior is exiled into the Forest of Arden where all kinds of interesting people live. In order to live peacefully, the original Duke’s daughter flees into the forest to reunite with her father and gets caught in a wild love fiasco in the process. ...   [click here for more]
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The Oedipus Legacy

The Oedipus Legacy


In this famous work from the origins of Greek thought, the hero Oedipus is sent to his death bed as an infant when an oracle predicts that he will kill his kingly father, and marry his mother. Being unable to kill him, the father passes him off to a shepherd who adopts him to another royal family. Believing this new family to be his true family, Oedipus now receives the same oracle as his father and...   [click here for more]
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The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors


When two identical twins are separated at birth, many mistaken things can happen when they are inadvertently reunited by chance meeting. Many people mistake the two with each other and many false accusations, beatings and charges are almost laid on the wrong twin. ...   [click here for more]
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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew


When the character Sly is fooled into thinking he is a nobleman the true nobleman than has this play performed for his diversion. In the play itself the main characters Petruchio and Katherina are engaged in a relationship that Katherina wants no part in. Petruchio then uses some psychological torments to “tame” her into becoming a willing bride. This play has caused quite the controversy...   [click here for more]
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Othello, The Moor of Venice

Othello, The Moor of Venice


A Shakespearen play about a Moorish general in a Venetian army that is forced to deal with deception and jealousy when a younger man is promoted above a loyal officer Iago. As the group arrives in Cyprus to find a Turkish fleet destroyed, the group must deal with the oncoming threat from the opposing army and the deadly battles within. ...   [click here for more]
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The Aeneid

The Aeneid


This epic poem focuses on the heroic Aeneas as he flees from the Trojan disaster and makes his way to what is to become the mighty Roman empire. He travels all over the lands of the Greco-Roman myths including going to the dreaded underworld to face his very fate itself. ...   [click here for more]
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The Georgics

The Georgics


A poem written in four books that focus on the ways and life of the agriculturalists of the ancient Greeks. These poems open up with a prayer to the agricultural deities of ancient Greece and then expanding later into a philosophical work dealing with how the agricultural life of the typical farmer is something that should model the lives of all humans in all times. ...   [click here for more]
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The Eclogues

The Eclogues


Using the template laid out by the poems of Theocritus, Virgil makes a Roman version that lays out several mythic and political revolutions that make it quite different than the Greek counterpart. The image of the singing farmers and the embracing or suffering through revolutionary love and the happiness or unhappiness is causes. ...   [click here for more]
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The History of Troilus and Cressida

The History of Troilus and Cressida


Young love is sparked when the Trojan, Troilus, falls for the beautiful Cressida and their love affair culminates in their consummating the relationship. When Cressida is traded for a prisoner of war, Troilus sneaks into the Greek camp only to find his beloved Cressida being wooed by a Greek soldier. Troilus plans revenge to claim his young love. While this romantic story plays our, the Greek general...   [click here for more]
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The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus


Turmoil hits the Roman Empire when its current emperor dies and his two sons Saturninus and Bassianus start to fight over the throne. As a matter of the dead emperor’s apparent wishes, his brother Titus is offered the throne but he refuses and lets Saturninus take the coveted seat. After coming to power, the new emperor desires his brothers betrothed as his wife and Titus agrees but ends up killing...   [click here for more]
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The Tragedy of Coriolanus

The Tragedy of Coriolanus


Taking place shortly after the expulsion of the Tarquin kings, the play opens up by focusing on the tension with the lords who have been withholding grain from the commoners. A prominent general, Marcius, sees the commoners as useless since they did not help expel the kings and when the people rise up to revolt against the new Roman government a new player gets elected to a prominent role and given...   [click here for more]
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