Aris & Phillips Imprint

Founded in 1980, Aris & Phillips has been an imprint of Oxbow Books since 2002. Aris & Phillips publishes two prestigious series; Classical Texts, edited by Professor Christopher Collard (The Queens College Oxford) and Hispanic Classics edited by Dr Jonathan Thacker, (Merton College Oxford). The Classical Texts series publishes modern editions of Classical Greek and Latin texts, with substantial introductions and commentaries as well as the original text with facing-page English translation. The Hispanic Classics series publishes editions of Hispanic texts from the Medieval texts through the Golden Age to 21st century literature including plays, poetry and novels, with wide-ranging introductions, translators note and notes as well as the Spanish text with facing-page English translation. In addition the list includes books on Classical literature, Hispanic literature and books on the archaeology of ancient Egypt, the Near East and the Mediterranean.

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Apuleius: Metamorphoses
£19.99
Apuleius’ Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass, our only complete Latin novel, tells the story of Lucius, a young man turned into a donkey by magic because of his unfettered curiosity. After many adventures he is finally saved by the goddess Isis, whose follower he becomes.
Euripides: Electra
£19.99
King Agamemnon is long dead and his murderers rule at Argos. His son Orestes returns from exile to kill them his own mother Clytemnestra and her seducer Aegisthus. Thus he will release his sister Electra from oppression and reclaim his home and kingdom.
Euripides: Cyclops and Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama
£24.99
Satyric is the most thinly attested genre of Greek drama, but it appears to have been the oldest and according to Aristotle formative for tragedy. By the 5th Century BC at Athens it shared most of its compositional elements with tragedy, to which it became an adjunct; for at the annual great dramatic festivals, it was performed only together with, and after, the three tragedies which each poet was required to present in competition. It was in contrast with them, aesthetically and emotionally, its plays being considerably shorter and simpler; coarse and half-way to comedy, it burlesqued heroic and tragic myth, frequently that just dramatised and performed in the tragedies. Euripides’ Cyclops is the only satyr-play which survives complete. It is generally held to be the poet’s late work, but its companion tragedies are not identifiable. Its title alone signals its content, Odysseus’ escape from the one-eyed, man-eating monster, familiar from Book 9 of Homer’s Odyssey. Because of its uniqueness, Cyclops could afford only a limited idea of satyric drama’s range, which the many but brief quotations from other authors and plays barely coloured. Our knowledge and appreciation of the genre have been greatly enlarged, however, by recovery since the early 20th Century of considerable fragments of Aeschylus, Euripides’ predecessor, and of Sophocles, his contemporary – but not, so far, of Euripides himself. This volume provides English readers for the first time with all the most important texts of satyric drama, with facing-page translation, substantial introduction and detailed commentary. It includes not only the major papyri, but very many shorter fragments of importance, both on papyrus and in quotation, from the 5th to the 3rd Centuries; there are also one or two texts whose interest lies in their problematic ascription to the genre at all. The intention is to illustrate it as fully as practicable.
Aeschylus: Suppliant Women
£19.99
Aeschylus starts his tetralogy boldly, making the Danaids themselves prologue, chorus and protagonist. Guided by their father Danaus, these girls have fled from Egypt, where their cousins want to marry them, to seek asylum in Argos: they claim descent from Io, who was driven to Egypt five generations earlier when Zeus’ love for her was detected by jealous Hera. In the long first movement of the play the Danaids argue their claim, pressing it with song and dance of pathos and power, upon the reluctant Argive king. He, forced eventually by their threat of suicide, puts the case to his people, who vote to accept the girls, but while they sing blessings on Argos, Danaus spies their cousins’ ships arriving. Left on their own when he goes for help, they sing more seriously of suicide, and seek sanctuary upstage when the Egyptians enter. A remarkable tussle of two choruses ensues; in the nick of time the king arrives, sees off the Egyptians (but they promise a return) and offers his hospitality. The girls want their father, however, and go when guided by him and his escort of Argive soldiers. Their final song has elements of wedding song in it; they share it, provocatively, with the Argives. The rest of the tetralogy is lost, but enough is known to indicate that marriage is the theme. Aeschylus probably surprised his first audience in his use of the myth; his command of theatre and poetry is fully mature. A.J.Bowen is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. From 1993 to 2007 he was Orator of the University.
Going Down to Morocco
£15.00
Going Down to Morocco (Bajarse al moro), is one of the most emblematic and best known theatrical work of recent times in Spain. It both contributed to and documented La Movida, a drug-fuelled youth movement that placed Madrid firmly on the global cultural map in the early 1980s. Alonso de Santos' play, a commercial and critical success when first staged in 1985, was made into a film starring Antonio Banderas in 1989. Chusa, a free-spirited and spontaneously generous young drug smuggler introduces Elena, a middle-class runaway, to the apartment she shares with her cousin Jaimito and her boyfriend Alberto, a rookie policeman. The result is chaos in their previously disorderly but happy life. The comedy explores opposing lifestyles of young people in 1980s Spain, during a period of radical social change. It is characterised by humour, creative use of contemporary slang, and intertextual film references. Duncan Wheeler's translation of the original play marks with footnotes the changes made in the new version done in 2008 for a high-profile revival to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. This edition also includes an unpublished interview conducted by Duncan Wheeler with Alonso de Santos in 2010.
Valle-Inclan: The Captain's Daughter and the Dead Man's Finery
£15.00
Ramón del Valle-Inclán is one of Spain’s greatest dramatists. His particular legacy is the esperpento, a satirical mode combining tragedy and farce and characterised by its use of the grotesque. The Dead Man’s Finery (1926) and The Captain’s Daughter (1927) are two short esperpentos that satirise the military, which for Valle-Inclán encapsulated the worst and most retrogressive qualities of the Spanish nation. In The Dead Man’s Finery, Johnny Bluster is a decommissioned veteran of the Spanish American War who steals a dead man’s clothes in order to woo a prostitute. A parody of the Don Juan legend, the play takes the problematic, protean and devilish Don Juan and sets his outrageous behaviour in a very particular social and historical context. The Captain’s Daughter is the most historically and politically oriented of Valle-Inclaìn’s works for the theatre. A man is killed and the accident of his death sets off a chain of events in which exploitation and self-interest are the orchestrating forces, concluding in a military coup that topples the government. An overt satire of the rise to power of General Primo de Rivera in 1923, the play dispenses with the individual protagonist and portrays a society in crisis. Notorious for his recondite use of language, Valle-Inclaìn emphasises the popular idiom without ever falling into picturesque realism. Rather than recreate accurate modes of speech he creates a mode of expression that highlights incongruity and contrast, emphasising the puppet-like quality of his characters. Translated here for the first time into English, the plays are accompanied by a critical introduction and notes to guide the reader or director of these plays. Notorious for his recondite use of language, in these plays Valle-Inclán emphasises the popular idiom without ever falling into picturesque realism; rather than recreate accurate modes of speech he creates a mode of expression that brings together all the play's characters, regardless of their status or place in society. The emphasis on incongruity and contrast creates a peculiarly sarcastic tone that permeates the dialogue. The plays are accompanied by a critical introduction and notes to guide the reader or director of these plays, both fine examples of Valle-Inclán's expressionistic and experimental theatre.
Unamuno: Aunt Tula
£15.00
Aunt Tula (La tia Tula), published in 1921, is one of the few novels written by Miguel de Unamuno to centre on a female protagonist. It is a vivid, nuanced portrait of the intelligent, wilful and yet vulnerable Tula. Despite having no biological children of her own, the unmarried Tula becomes the primary maternal figure for successive generations of children; some related to her, others not. Her chaste maternity is presented as a complex response to her long-held, self-sacrificing romantic love for her brother-in-law, her antipathy for the submissive role expected of bourgeois married women, and Tula's fear of her own physicality. Julia Biggane's translation captures the accessibility of style and richness of literary substance in the original, and the introduction equips the reader with an understanding of the text's wider material contexts and historical significance. Of special interest is the novel's representation of womanhood and maternity, itself inflected by wider social changes in countries across Western Europe and Russia during the first two decades of the 20th century.
Unamuno: Mist
£19.95
Mist (Niebla), published in 1914, is one of Miguel de Unamuno's key works; a truly Modernist work of Europe-wide significance which aims to shatter the conventions of fiction, using the novel as a vehicle for exploration of philosophical themes.
Cervantes: The Complete Exemplary Novels
£30.00
Originally published in four separate volumes, this publication sees all 12 Novelas Ejemplares as a single volume for the first time in English. Each story has an individual introduction, the original Spanish text with facing English translation and notes.

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  1. Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XIII and XIV

    Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XIII and XIV [Hardback]

    P. G. Walsh (Author); Peter Walsh (Editor)

    £50.00

    ISBN: 9780856688775
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts
    After completing the first ten books of De Civitate Dei , in which Augustine sought to refute the claim that pagan deities had ensured that Rome enjoyed unbroken success and prosperity in this life and guaranteed its citizens a blessed life aft... .... Learn More
  2. Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XIII and XIV

    Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XIII and XIV [Paperback]

    P. G. Walsh (Author); Peter Walsh (Editor)

    £24.99

    ISBN: 9780856688829
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts
    After completing the first ten books of De Civitate Dei , in which Augustine sought to refute the claim that pagan deities had ensured that Rome enjoyed unbroken success and prosperity in this life and guaranteed its citizens a blessed life aft... .... Learn More
  3. The Inquisitor's Handbook (Copilacion Instructiones Sancta Inquisicion)

    The Inquisitor's Handbook (Copilacion Instructiones Sancta Inquisicion) [Hardback]

    Tyler Fisher (Author); Greg Fisher (Editor)

    £40.00

    ISBN: 9780856688904
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    The Inquisitor's Handbook , a translation of a 1537 compilation of rules for inquisitorial personnel, introduces today's reader to the Spanish Inquisition in the same way a sixteenth-century inquisitor would have been introduced to his duties. ... .... Learn More
  4. The Inquisitor's Handbook (Copilacion Instructiones Sancta Inquisicion)

    The Inquisitor's Handbook (Copilacion Instructiones Sancta Inquisicion) [Paperback]

    Tyler Fisher (Author); Greg Fisher (Editor)

    £15.00

    ISBN: 9780856688911
    Published by : Aris & Phillips
    Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    The Inquisitor's Handbook , a translation of a 1537 compilation of rules for inquisitorial personnel, introduces today's reader to the Spanish Inquisition in the same way a sixteenth-century inquisitor would have been introduced to his duties. ... .... Learn More
  5. Luis Cernuda: One River, One Love

    Luis Cernuda: One River, One Love [Hardback]

    Philip G. Johnston (Author)

    £40.00

    ISBN: 9781910572221
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    Volume: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    Philip G Johnston’s new translation of Un río, un amor (One River, One Love) by Luis Cernuda (1902-1963) is faithful to the author’s quasi-Surrealist intentions. Written in France and Spain in 1928-1929, this co... .... Learn More
  6. Luis Cernuda: One River, One Love

    Luis Cernuda: One River, One Love [Paperback]

    Philip G. Johnston (Author)

    £15.00

    ISBN: 9781910572238
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    Volume: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    Philip G Johnston’s new translation of Un río, un amor (One River, One Love) by Luis Cernuda (1902-1963) is faithful to the author’s quasi-Surrealist intentions. Written in France and Spain in 1928-1929, this co... .... Learn More
  7. Rainy Days (Días de Lluvia): Short Stories by Contemporary Spanish Women Writers

    Rainy Days (Días de Lluvia): Short Stories by Contemporary Spanish Women Writers [Hardback]

    M and Myerscough Lunati (Editor); Montserrat Lunati (Author); M Myerscough (Translator)

    £40.00

    ISBN: 9781910572290
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    Volume: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    The rich and diversified women's writing in the post-Franco period is amply illustrated in this engaging collection of short stories dating from 1983-1993. Rainy Days gathers together, for the first time in a bilingual Spanish-English edition,... .... Learn More
  8. Rainy Days (Días de Lluvia): Short Stories by Contemporary Spanish Women Writers

    Rainy Days (Días de Lluvia): Short Stories by Contemporary Spanish Women Writers [Paperback]

    M and Myerscough Lunati (Editor); Montserrat Lunati (Author); M Myerscough (Translator)

    £19.99

    ISBN: 9781910572306
    Published by : Aris & Phillips
    Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    Volume: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
    The rich and diversified women's writing in the post-Franco period is amply illustrated in this engaging collection of short stories dating from 1983-1993. Rainy Days gathers together, for the first time in a bilingual Spanish-English edition,... .... Learn More
  9. Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XI and XII

    Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XI and XII [Hardback]

    P. G. Walsh (Author)

    £50.00

    ISBN: 9780856688720
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts
    In Books I-V of De Civitate Dei , Augustine rejects the claim that worship of the pagan gods had brought success in this life, and in Books VI-X, the prospect of a happy afterlife. In Books XI-XII, the sixth volume in Peter Walsh's series, Augu... .... Learn More
  10. Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XI and XII

    Augustine: De Civitate Dei Books XI and XII [Paperback]

    P. G. Walsh (Author)

    £24.99

    ISBN: 9780856688713
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    Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts
    In Books I-V of De Civitate Dei , Augustine rejects the claim that worship of the pagan gods had brought success in this life, and in Books VI-X, the prospect of a happy afterlife. In Books XI-XII, the sixth volume in Peter Walsh's series, Augu... .... Learn More

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