Classics that are anything but dry and dull

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The Iliad
1.  The Iliad by Homer
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  "nearly everything else the Greeks ever wrote was based on this - the Lattimore translation is superb"
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The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus' (Penguin Classics)
2.  The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus' (Penguin Classics) by Sophocles
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  "Oedipus and Antigone still reverberate with us today, but you can skip Oedipus at Colonus"
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Euripides: Bacchae (Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama)
3.  Euripides: Bacchae (Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama) by Euripides
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  "this is still one of the most shocking, heart-stopping pieces of theatre ever written"
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The Age of Alexander: Nine Greek Lives (Classics)
4.  The Age of Alexander: Nine Greek Lives (Classics) by Plutarch
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  "Plutarch's 'Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans' are all wonderful, but this volume includes his life of Alexander the Great, one of the few ancient sources about him that we still have"
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The Poems of Catullus (Classics)
5.  The Poems of Catullus (Classics) by Gaius Valerius Catullus
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  "a surprisingly modern poet who really brings the Rome of Julius Caesar to life, including an intimate view of Catullus' own love affair with the notoriously beautiful and unfaithful Clodia"
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The Erotic Poems (Classics)
6.  The Erotic Poems (Classics) by Ovid
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  "More Roman love affairs - Ovid is surprisingly tender and defiantly unheroic, and not afraid to get down and dirty!"
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The Histories (Penguin Classics)
7.  The Histories (Penguin Classics) by Herodotus
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  "a wonderful, rambling, fascinating account of the clashes between east and west, from the Trojan War to the Persian invasions of Greece, including set pieces on Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis"
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The History of the Peloponnesian War  (Classics)
8.  The History of the Peloponnesian War (Classics) by Thucydides
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  "a very different approach to history from that of Herodotus - this is a picture of the Peloponnesian War from one of Athens' own generals and a riveting picture of the early democracy"
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The Civil War: Together with the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War (Classics)
9.  The Civil War: Together with the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War (Classics) by Julius Caesar
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  "fascinating enough to be able to read Julius Caesar's very own words 2000 years later, but actually he's also a very good writer"
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The Twelve Caesars
10.  The Twelve Caesars by Gaius Suetonius
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  "just one of Graves' sources for his 'I, Claudius' novels, and certainly the most scurrilous"
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