Alexander the Great, philosophers, monsters! What’s not to love about the Gesta Romanorum? I’ve annotated this one for students at the end of their first year of high-school Latin.
So you’re in jail. The authorities want your life as payment for your crime. What do you do? Personally, I might pretend to read for a bit while freaking out on the inside. Boethius? Dude writes a philosophical treatise with a mention of a
game show metaphor for life: the Wheel of Fortune.
No need to sweat just the translation. We’ve got the whole glorious Latin text AND English translation in one convenient volume over at Amazon. Open Source Classics keeps it dirt cheap as usual. A very generous preview (50% I think, and cheap for full access) of an e-book is at Scribd (NOTE: not yet, I’m working on it still). I’m not going the Kindle route just yet because of the parallel text.
Niccoló Machiavelli was having a down stretch in his career. In order to get back in the good graces of the Medici family, he wrote a how-to manual on politics.
If you’re here, you don’t want to read just some rotten old translation (but you want that too, of course). No, you want the original Italian text too. Amazon to the rescue. A very generous preview (50% I think, and cheap for full access) of an e-book is at Scribd. I’m not going the Kindle route just yet because of the parallel text.