Penguin Custom Editions, The Western World: Volume 1

Penguin Custom Editions, The Western World: Volume 1

by Mark Kishlansky (Editor)



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Penguin Custom Editions, The Western World: Volume 1 by Mark Kishlansky

In the past half-century, Penguin Classics has opened up  new worlds to students, making available the greatest writings of the past three millennia in the humanities and social sciences. Excellent translations and affordable editions of both famous and less well-known works have enabled new generations of readers to experience for themselves distant times, unfamiliar lands, and different voices. Fot students of history, there are few joys comparable to opening up a book that allows them to enter the minds of men and women who have shaped much of what we call "Western Civilization".  Expertly chosen by Professor Larissa Taylor of Colby College, the sources in Volume Two of The Western World cover the early-modern period to the end of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131941267
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 01/26/2005
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents


A Fateful Quarrel, Homer

Perisan Customs, Herodotus

Pericles' Funeral Oration and the Plague, Thucydides

The Women Go on Strike, Aristophanes

Equality for Women, Plato

Happiness Is the Goal of Human Life, Aristotle

Alexander Reaches His Limits, Arrian

Roman Decline, Sallust

The Rape of Lucretia, Livy

The Life of Augusuts, Suetonius

The Sermon on the Mount, The Bible

Religious Parties in Roman Judea, Josephus

German Families, Tacitus

On Martyrdom, Ignatius of Antioch

Battling Demons in the Desert, Athanasius

The Huns, Ammianus Marcellinus

Augustine Describes His Conversion, St. Augustine of Hippo



Wheel of Fortune, Boethius

Guntram, Fredegund, and Bishop Praetextatus, Gregory of Tours

Jews and Christians, The Koran

The Emperor Charlemagne, Einhard

The Murder of a Feudal Lord, Galbert of Bruges

Abelard Takes Paris by Storm, Abelard

The First Crusade Reaches Byzantium, Anna Comnena

An Arab Opinion of the Crusaders, Usama ibn Munqidh

The Rules of Courtly Love, Andrews Capellanus

In Praise of God's Creation, Francis of Assisi

A Mission to the Great Khan, William of Rubruck

Dante Begins His Journey Through Hell, Dante Alighieri

The Black Death, Giovanni Baccaccio

The Peasant's Revolt inEngland, Anonymous

A Medieval Woman on Pilgrimage, Margery Kempe


Renaissance and Reformation

Letter to Posterity, Francesco Petrarch

Whether It Is Better to Be Loved than Feared, Niccolò Machiavelli

The Court Lady: A Renaissance Ideal, Baldesar Castiglione

Payment for a Masterpiece, Benvenuto Cellini

Letter on the Discovery of the New World, Christopher Columbus

The Destruction of the Amerindians, Bartolomé de Las Casas

The Unity of Classical and Christian Learning, Erasmus

Against the Sale of Indulgences, Martin Luther

Saint Teresa's Spiritual Ecstasies, Saint Teresa of Ávila

Skepticism and Credulity, Michel de Montaigne

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