Ancient Texts

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Below are the titles of Ancient texts that Annotated has produced editions on or is in the process of editing, along with suggested resources for each of those texts. We prioritize the production of our editions according to the texts most commonly used in middle school, high school, and college classrooms as well as those for which we receive sponsorship and frequent requests.

 

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Enheduanna, The Exaltation of Inanna (~2330 BCE)

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The Descent of Inanna (2000 BCE)

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The Epic of Gilgamesh (~2100 BCE)

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The Code of Hammurabi (1700s BCE)

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The Book of the Dead (~1550 BCE)

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The Great Hymn to the Aten (1300s BCE)

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The Rig Veda, "In the Beginning" (1000 BCE)

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Selections from The Upanishads (9th BCE)

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Confucius (551-479 BCE), Selected Writings

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Selected Buddhist Texts (5th to 1st BCE)

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Selections from The Mahabhrata (400 BCE to 400 CE)

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The Dead Sea Scrolls (2nd BCE to 1st CE)

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Selectionf from the Bhagavad Gita (1st BCE to 1st CE)

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Selected Hebrew Scriptures (900 to 100 BCE)

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Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey (8th Century BCE)

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Hesiod, Selected Writings (7th Century BCE)

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Sappho, Selected Verse (7th to 6th Centuries BCE)

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Herodotus, The Histories (5th Century BCE)

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Aeschylus, Selected Drama (6th to 5th Centuries BCE)

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Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Antigone (5th Century BCE)

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Euripedes, Medea (5th Century BCE)

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Aristophanes, Selected Drama (5th to 4th Centuries BCE)

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Plato (5th to 4th Centuries BCE).

"The Allegory of the Cave," Selected Writings

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Aristotle (4th Century BCE).

Nicomachean Ethics, On Rhetoric, On Poetry, On Tragedy

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Horace, Odes (1st Century BCE)

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Lucretius, Selected Writings (1st Century BCE)

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Virgil, The Aeneid, Georgics (1st Century BCE)
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Catullus, Selected Verse (1st Century BCE)

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Cicero, Selected Writings (1st Century BCE)

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Ovid, The Metamorphoses (1st Century BCE to 1st CE)

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Plutarch, Selected Writings (1st to 2nd Centuries CE)

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Juvenal, Selected Verse (1st to 2nd Centuries CE)

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Martial, Selected Verse (1st to 2nd Centuries CE)

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Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (2nd Century CE)

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Selections from The New Testament (1st to 2nd Centuries CE)

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