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              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing
               

              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Hardback)

              By Obsopoeus, Vincent; Edited by Fontaine, Michael

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                15 Mar 20

              A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-cent...ury Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages. Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay-and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience. Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published.
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              ISBN 9780691192147
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy

              How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy (Hardback)

              By Thucydides; Introduction by Hanink, Johanna

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              An accessible modern translation of essential speeches from Thucydides's History that takes readers to the heart of his profound insights on diplomacy, foreign policy, and war Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And doe...s might always make right? For nearly 2,500 years, students, politicians, political thinkers, and military leaders have read the eloquent and shrewd speeches in Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War for profound insights into military conflict, diplomacy, and the behavior of people and countries in times of crisis. How to Think about War presents the most influential and compelling of these speeches in an elegant new translation by classicist Johanna Hanink, accompanied by an enlightening introduction, informative headnotes, and the original Greek on facing pages. The result is an ideally accessible introduction to Thucydides's long and challenging History. Thucydides intended his account of the clash between classical Greece's mightiest powers-Athens and Sparta-to be a possession for all time. Today, it remains a foundational work for the study not only of ancient history but also contemporary politics and international relations. How to Think about War features speeches that have earned the History its celebrated status-all of those delivered before the Athenian Assembly, as well as Pericles's funeral oration and the notoriously ruthless Melian Dialogue. Organized by key debates, these speeches reveal the complexity and elegance-but also the recklessness, cruelty, and Realpolitik-of Athenian warfighting and imperialism. The first English-language collection of speeches from Thucydides in nearly half a century, How to Think about War takes readers straight to the heart of this timeless thinker.
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              ISBN 9780691190150
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2019
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

              How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship (Hardback)

              By Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Introduction by Freeman, Philip

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              Ancient wisdom for modern readers --Page facing title page.

              ISBN 9780691177199
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management

              How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management (Hardback)

              By Seneca; Introduction by Romm, James S.

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              Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca In his essay On Anger (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: No plague has cost the human ...race more dear. This was proved by his own life, a life he barely preserved under one wrathful emperor, Caligula, and lost under a second, Nero. This splendid new translation of essential selections from On Anger, presented with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, offers readers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it would bring vast benefits to individuals and society. Drawing on his great arsenal of rhetoric, including historical examples (especially from Caligula's horrific reign), anecdotes, quips, and soaring flights of eloquence, Seneca builds his case against anger with mounting intensity. Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, he paints a grim picture of the moral perils to which anger exposes us, tracing nearly all the world's evils to this one toxic source. But he then uplifts us with a beatific vision of the alternate path, a path of forgiveness and compassion that resonates with Christian and Buddhist ethics. Seneca's thoughts on anger have never been more relevant than today, when uncivil discourse has increasingly infected public debate. Whether seeking personal growth or political renewal, readers will find, in Seneca's wisdom, a valuable antidote to the ills of an angry age.
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              ISBN 9780691181950
              Released NZ 15 Feb 2019
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership

              How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership (Hardback)

              By Plutarch; Edited by Beneker, Jeffrey

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              Timeless advice on how to be a successful leader in any field The ancient biographer and essayist Plutarch thought deeply about the leadership qualities of the eminent Greeks and Romans he profiled in his famous-and massive-Lives, including politicians and generals such as Pericl...es, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Luckily for us, Plutarch distilled what he learned about wise leadership in a handful of essays, which are filled with essential lessons for experienced and aspiring leaders in any field today. In How to Be a Leader, Jefferey Beneker presents the most important of these essays in lively new translations accompanied by an enlightening introduction, informative notes, and the original Greek on facing pages. In To an Uneducated Leader, How to Be a Good Leader, and Should an Old Man Engage in Politics? Plutarch explains the characteristics of successful leaders, from being guided by reason and exercising self-control to being free from envy and the love of power, illustrating his points with memorable examples drawn from legendary Greco-Roman lives. He also explains how to train for leadership, persuade and deal with colleagues, manage one's career, and much more. Writing at the height of the Roman Empire, Plutarch suggested that people should pursue positions of leadership only if they are motivated by judgment and reason -not rashly inspired by the vain pursuit of glory, a sense of rivalry, or a lack of other meaningful activities. His wise counsel remains as relevant as ever.
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              ISBN 9780691192116
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
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              How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

              How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life (Hardback)

              By Epictetus; Introduction by Long, Anthony

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              The description for this book, How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life, will be forthcoming.

              ISBN 9780691177717
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Think about God: An Ancient Guide for Believers and Nonbelievers

              How to Think about God: An Ancient Guide for Believers and Nonbelievers (Hardback)

              By Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Translated by Freeman, Philip

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              A vivid and accessible new translation of Cicero's influential Stoic writings on the divine Most ancient Romans were deeply religious and their world was overflowing with gods-from Jupiter, Minerva, and Mars to countless local divinities, household gods, and ancestral spirits. On...e of the most influential Roman perspectives on religion came from a nonreligious belief system that is finding new adherents even today: Stoicism. How did the Stoics think about religion? In How to Think about God, Philip Freeman presents vivid new translations of Cicero's On the Nature of the Gods and The Dream of Scipio. In these brief works, Cicero offers a Stoic view of belief, divinity, and human immortality, giving eloquent expression to the religious ideas of one of the most popular schools of Roman and Greek philosophy. On the Nature of the Gods and The Dream of Scipio are Cicero's best-known and most important writings on religion, and they have profoundly shaped Christian and non-Christian thought for more than two thousand years, influencing such luminaries as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, and Thomas Jefferson. These works reveal many of the religious aspects of Stoicism, including an understanding of the universe as a materialistic yet continuous and living whole in which both the gods and a supreme God are essential elements. Featuring an introduction, suggestions for further reading, and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Think about God is a compelling guide to the Stoic view of the divine.
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              ISBN 9780691183657
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
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              How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders

              How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders (Hardback)

              By Suetonius; Edited by Osgood, Josiah

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              What would Caligula do? What the worst Roman emperors can teach us about how not to lead If recent history has taught us anything, it's that sometimes the best guide to leadership is the negative example. But that insight is hardly new. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Suetonius wrote Liv...es of the Caesars, perhaps the greatest negative leadership book of all time. He was ideally suited to write about terrible political leaders; after all, he was also the author of Famous Prostitutes and Words of Insult, both sadly lost. In How to Be a Bad Emperor, Josiah Osgood provides crisp new translations of Suetonius's briskly paced, darkly comic biographies of the Roman emperors Julius Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero. Entertaining and shocking, the stories of these ancient anti-role models show how power inflames leaders' worst tendencies, causing almost incalculable damage. Complete with an introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Be a Bad Emperor is a both a gleeful romp through some of the nastiest bits of Roman history and a perceptive account of leadership gone monstrously awry. We meet Caesar, using his aunt's funeral to brag about his descent from gods and kings-and hiding his bald head with a comb-over and a laurel crown; Tiberius, neglecting public affairs in favor of wine, perverse sex, tortures, and executions; the insomniac sadist Caligula, flaunting his skill at cruel put-downs; and the matricide Nero, indulging his mania for public performance. In a world bristling with strongmen eager to cast themselves as the Caesars of our day, How to Be a Bad Emperor is a delightfully enlightening guide to the dangers of power without character.
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              ISBN 9780691193991
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2020
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              How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life

              How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life (Hardback)

              By Cicero, Marcus Tullius; Introduction by Freeman, Philip

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              Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido, your health, and possibly your marbles too? Well, Cicero has some good news for you. In How to Grow Old, the great Roman orator and statesman eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part ...of all--and why you might discover that reading and gardening are actually far more pleasurable than sex ever was. Filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance, Cicero's brief, charming classic--written in 44 BC and originally titled On Old Age--has delighted and inspired readers, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson, for more than two thousand years. Presented here in a lively new translation with an informative new introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, the book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing older and persuasively argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated--or altogether mistaken. Montaigne said Cicero's book gives one an appetite for growing old. The American founding father John Adams read it repeatedly in his later years. And today its lessons are more relevant than ever in a world obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth.
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              ISBN 9780691167701
              Released NZ 15 Apr 2016
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians
               

              How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians (EPUB ebook – Course Book ed.)

              By Cicero, Quintus Tullius; Translated by Freeman, Philip

              A Roman guide for campaigning. It is suitable for politicians and those who enjoys watching them try to manipulate their way into office.

              ISBN 9781400841646
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              Released NZ 13 Feb 2012
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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