Greco-Roman Library of Online Texts

This section provides full texts (in English translation) of a selection of ancient Greek texts that relate to religion, mythology or philosophy. Happy reading!

  • Hesiod - Works and Days
  • Hesiod - Theogony
  • Orpheus - Hymns (selected)
  • Plato - Phaedo

  • The Theogony of Hesiod

    translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White (1914) (ll. 1-25) From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, and dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and, when they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius, make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon and move with vigorous feet...

  • Works and Days by Hesiod

    (ll. 1-10) Muses of Pieria who give glory through song, come hither, tell of Zeus your father and chant his praise. Through him mortal men are famed or un-famed, sung or unsung alike, as great Zeus wills...

  • Fausset's Bible Dictionary

  • Hymns of Orpheus

    I. Hymn to the Goddess Prothyraea (Diana) O venerable goddess, hear my pray'r, For labour pains are thy peculiar care; in thee, when stretch'd upon the bed of grief, The sex as in a mirror view relief...

  • Plato's Phaedo

    Phaedo by Plato (360 BCE) translated by Benjamin Jowett (1871) PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: PHAEDO, who is the narrator of the dialogue to ECHECRATES of Phlius SOCRATES APOLLODORUS SIMMIAS CEBES CRITO SCENE: The Prison of Socrates PLACE OF THE NARRATION: Phlius Echecrates...

  • The Golden Verses of Pythagoras

    The Golden Verses of Pythagoras selected and arranged by Florence M. Firth (1904) 1. First worship the Immortal Gods, as they are established and ordained by the Law...