Ancient Literature

2100 BCE to 600 CE
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BCE
c.2100–1200
Babylon
Poetry
c.1990
Egypt
Story
c.1875
Egypt
Story
c.1200–100
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
Various
Israel
Prose, poetry
c.750
Greece
Poetry
 
Greece
Poetry
c.700
Greece
Poetry
 
Greece
Poetry
c.610–580
Sappho's Poems
Sappho
Greece
Poetry
c.600–500
Fables
Aesop
Greece
Stories
c.500–440
Epinician Odes
Pindar
Greece
Poetry
458
The Oresteia
Aeschylus
Greece
Drama series
c.450–425
Prometheus Bound
Aeschylus
Greece
Drama
442–441
Antigone
Sophocles
Greece
Drama
431
Medea
Euripides
Greece
Drama
430
Oedipus Rex
Sophocles
Greece
Drama
428
Hippolytus
Euripides
Greece
Drama
423
The Clouds
Aristophanes
Greece
Drama
c.420–410
Electra
Sophocles
Greece
Drama
418
Electra
Euripides
Greece
Drama
414
The Birds
Aristophanes
Greece
Drama
411
Lysistrata
Aristophanes
Greece
Drama
406
The Bacchae
Euripides
Greece
Drama
 
Oedipus at Colonus
Sophocles
Greece
Drama
c.400BCE–
400CE
Mahabharata
Anonymous
India
Poetry
c.380
The Republic
Plato
Greece
Dialogue
300–200
The Voyage of the Argonauts
Appollonius of Rhodes
Greece
Poetry series
 
Idylls
Theocritus
Greece
Poetry
 
Ramayana
Valmiki
India
Poetry
c.200
Menaechmi (The Twin Brothers)
Plautus
Rome
Drama
c.50
On the Nature of Things
Lucretius
Rome
Poetry
c.41–37
Eclogues
Virgil
Rome
Poetry
c.35–30
Satires
Horace
Rome
Poetry
c.29–16
Elegies
Sextus Propertius
Rome
Poetry
c.29–19
Aeneid
Virgil
Rome
Poetry
19
Odes
Horace
Rome
Poetry
c.10
Art of Love
Rome
Poetry
CE
c.8
Rome
Poetry
c.50
Media
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Rome
Drama
 
Hercules Furens
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Rome
Drama
c.60-70
Satyricon
Arbiter Petronius
Rome
Prose, poetry
c.65–100
The New Testament
Various
Israel
Prose, poetry
c.100
Parallel Lives
Plutarch
Greece
Biog.
c.100–127
Satires
Juvenal
Rome
Poetry series
c.150
The Golden Ass
Lucius Apuleius
Rome
Prose
c.300
The Vision of Vasavadatta
Bhasa
India
Drama
c.400
The Recognition of Sakuntala
Kalidasa
India
Drama

 
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Gilgamesh, Mitchell version
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The Literature of Ancient Egypt
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Iliad, trans. Lattimore
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Theogony, Works and Days, and Elegies
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