What are the best works written during ancient times?

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    #1The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.


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    Karen White
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Odyssey is one of the best pieces of literature that has survived throughout history. Homer was an incredible Greek poet who filled this book with great poems which were thoughtfully written about life's journey."
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    #2The Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story found on ancient clay tablets detailing the adventures of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk who went on many adventures, including his search for immortality. This version is translated by Andrew George.


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    Michael Robinson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "They say that history repeats itself. How can you tell if that bis true if you do not know history? Gilgamesh was an ancient king who ruled centuries ago. Bits and pieces of his story are know. Travel back in time and enjoy our human story. A great read!"
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    Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic, as retold by William Buck. Considered to be the adikavya or the first poem, it tells the story of the prince of the Kosala Kingdom, Rama, and his adventures during his exile from the kingdom.

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    Jose Delgado
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This books is very good and this was a good and inexpensive translation. However, I should point out that this is printed in prose rather than poetic form."
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    #4Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)

    Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)
    Arthurian Romances is a book by Chretien de Troyes containing romantic tales surrounding King Arthur's knights - Erec, Cliges, Yvain, and of course, the Knight of the Cart, Lancelot. It is translated by William Comfort.

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    Linda Mills
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I am looking for some suggestions on some of the best classical books written in the ancient past. My child needs to write a report about one of them and I wanted to help him find something interesting. I think Arthurian Romances is a great choice. It looks really interesting and definitely fits the bill as a classic. "
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    #5The Poetic Edda

    The Poetic Edda

    Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse anonymous poems containing mythic and spiritual verses focusing on Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. J. R. R. Tolkien reportedly used concepts from the Eddas to write his novel, The Hobbit.


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    Doris Fernandez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is very well written and the translation from the Norse languages is excellent. It's a little bit of a tough read but if you're interested in mythology and poetry from ancient times, this is the perfect read."
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    #6The Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda is a classic medieval mythology fiction book written by Snorri Sturluson. This Scandinavian historical poetry book is about the ancient stories of Norse creation and it is first published in 1220.


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    Angela Hunt
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Ancient history is a topic that is vast and broad and literally works from these different time periods are no different. The Prose Edda was first published in 1220 and remains a classic to this day. A must read for history buffs! I thoroughly enjoyed the ancient poetry and loved learning more about that time period at the same time."
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    Mahabharata by William Buck is the author's translation and presentation of Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic poem about the struggle between the Kurus and the Pandavas. Originally in Sanskrit, it is considered as the longest epic ever.

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    Larry Cox
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Mahabharata is one of the best works written during ancient times."
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    #8Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex is a Greek play written by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. Th Literary Touchstone Edition of Oedipus Rex was translated by J.E. Thomas and edited by Elizabeth Osborne. It was published by Prestwick House, Inc.


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    Michael Franklin
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is the story where oedipus complex is derived from, also this version of the book has guides to help younger/dumber readers understand the harder words"
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    #9The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folklore translated and compiled by Jeffrey Gantz. It includes tales from King Arthur's court, a story of a young man enduring several tasks to get wedded to a giant's daughter, and a story of a knight proving his valor.


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    Ethan Howell
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The book really set me on a wonderful adventure as these are stories passed down over time through folklore. I felt myself transported back in time and felt as if I was reliving the times. It was a nice break from a lot of the modern day works and really helps you reflect on where we've come from."
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    Antigone is a story written by ancient writer Sophocles about Antigone, the heroine who challenged the King of Thebes into a dangerous test of wills for the right to bury her brother. This version is translated and printed in 2005.


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    Robert Tucker
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I remember reading this story when I was in high school. The story is just as relevant now as it was back then. I picked this book up a few months ago just to reread the story and the memories of my old English class room came flooding back to me."
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    Medea is a classic tragedy play written by the Greek playwright Euripides and translated by Rex Warner. With over 40 pages, this book is first published in -431 and published in 1993 by Dover Publications.

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    Ralph Richards
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Medea is the best works written during ancient times"
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    #12The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 


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    Doris Schmidt
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Iliad is hands down the best works written during ancient times"
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    #13Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.


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    David James
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Beowulf is an undisputed classic. Loved by many and hated by many students who have to read it. It is a supremely challenging text but worth the effort to all who accept the challenge."
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    Aeneid is an epic poem written by the well-known Roman poet, Virgil. Believed to be published between 29 and 19 BC, it tells the story of a Trojan named Aeneas, the ancestor of the Romans.


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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A book that was written in the ancient past, this gives us an insight to what has happened in our history. It gives us a different perspective of what went on back then, and just how much we have come along. it has a good star rating, and a definite pick up for historical readings."


Best What are the best works written during ancient times
1The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 33 Paid
2The Epic of GilgameshBooks 28 Paid
3RamayanaBooks 26 Paid
4Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)Books 25 Paid
5The Poetic EddaBooks 23 Paid
6The Prose EddaBooks 21 Paid
7MahabharataBooks 18 Paid
8Oedipus RexBooks 16 Paid
9The MabinogionBooks 13 Paid
10AntigoneBooks 12 Paid

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