Classical Authors.—P.


Parmenides of Elea: Fragments. A text and translation with an introduction by David Gallop. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984.


Daphnis & Chloe by Longus, with the English translation of George Thornley revised and augmented by J. M. Edmonds. The Love Romances of Parthenius and other fragments, with an English translation by S. Gaselee. Loeb edition, Greek with facing translation, 1916.

Paulinus Pellaeus.

Ausonius, with an English translation by Hugh G. Evelyn White. Loeb edition.

Vol. I (1919).

Vol. II, with the Eucharisticus of Paulinus Pellaeus


Pausanias: Description of Greece. With an English translation by W. H. S. Jones, M.A. Loeb edition. —Though title pages of the earlier volumes anticipated six volumes, the set is complete in five volumes, of which the fifth consists of illustrations and an index. Note that the translation may still be under copyright from Volume III on. On the other hand, it may not be, at least in the United States, because all Loeb volumes were issued without a copyright notice. Use your discretion.

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Volume IV

Volume V

The Description of Greece, by Pausanias. Translated from the Greek. With notes, in which much of the mythology of the Greeks is unfolded from a Theory which has been for many ages unknown. And illustrated with maps and views elegantly engraved. 1794. (Anonymous, but the name of Thomas Taylor appears on the title pages of the 1824 edition, below.)

Volume I.

Volume II.

Volume III.

(Another copy.)

The same. A new edition, with considerable augmentations. 1824. (“By Thomas Taylor, translator of Plato, &c. &c.” appears on the title pages of Volumes I and III.)

Volume I.

Volume II.

Volume III.

Pausanias’ Description of Greece. Translated into English with notes and index by Arthur Richard Shilleto, M.A.

Volume I (Bohn, 1886).

Volume I (Bohn, 1900).

Volume II (Bohn, 1886).

Volume II (Bohn, 1900).


The Satyrs of Decimus Junius Juvenalis: and of Aulus Persius Flaccus. Translated into English verse by Mr Dryden, and several other eminent hands. The fifth edition, adorn’d with sculptures. 1726.


The Works of Petronius Arbiter, translated by several hands. With a KEY by a Person of Honour, and also his life and character, by Monsieur St. Evremont. The fourth edition. To which is added, some other of the Roman poets, viz. Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius. And translations from the Greek of Pindar, Anacreon and Sappho. With a poem on Telemachus by the Duke of Devonshire and an essay on Poetry by John Duke of Buckingham. The whole adorn’d with CUTS. London: Sam. Briscoe, 1714.

The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter a Roman knight in prose and verse with the fragments recover’d at Belgrade in the year 1698. Made English by Mr. Wilson of the Middle Temple and several others. With a frontispiece in photogravure depicting the feast of Trimalchio. A verbatim reprint of the original edition of 1708 A.D. Printed at London for private circulation only in the year 1899 A.D.
Another copy.

The Satyricon of Petronius. A new translation with introduction and notes. Paris, 1902. A beautifully printed limited edition; the arguments that head each chapter appear to have been red in the original.

The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter. Translation ascribed to Oscar Wilde. Privately printed, 1928.

Petronius with an English translation by Michael Heseltine. Seneca: Apocolocyntosis, with an English translation by W. H. D. Rouse. London & New York, 1913…

Philo of Byzantium.

Aeliani De Natura Animalium, Varia Historia, Epistolae et fragmenta. Porphyrii Philosophi De Abstinentia et De Antro Nympharum. Philonus Byzantii De Septem Orbis Spectaculis. Edied by Rud. Hercher. Paris: Ambrose Firmin Didot, 1858. —Greek with parallel Latin translations.


Philostratus: The Life of Appolonius of Tyana, The Epistles of Appolonius and the Treatise of Eusebius. With an English translation by F. C. Conybeare. London: William Heinemann; New York: The Macillan Co., 1912.

Vol. I.

Vol. II.

The Life of Appolonius of Tyana, translated from the Greek of Philostratus. With notes and illustrations. Bu the Rev. Edward Berwick. London: T. Payne, 1809.

Philostratus and Eunapius: The Lives of the Sophists. With an English translation by Wilmer Cave Wright. London: William Heinemann; New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1922.
Another copy.
Another copy.

Photius of Constantinople.

☛Photius is not strictly classical, but his Library is such an important source for classical studies that it deserves a place here.

The Library of Photius. Translated by J. H. Freese. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1920.

Volume I.
(Another copy.)

Volume II was never published, and so far as we know the remainder of the Library has never been translated into English.

Photii Myriobiblon, siue Biblioteheca librorum quos Photius patriarcha Constantinapolitanus legit & censuit. Graece edidit Dauid Hoeschelius Augustanus, & notis illustrauit. Latine vero reddidit & scholijs auxit Andreas Schottus Antuerpianus. Coloniae: Oliva Pauli Stephani, 1611. —Greek with Latin translation in parallel columns.
1653 edition of the same. Rothomagi, Sumpt. Ioan & Davidis Merthelin, Fratr.
Another copy of the 1653 edition.


All the Odes of Pindar, translated from the original Greek. By the Rev. J. L. Girdlestone, A.M. Norwich: Printed and sold by R. M. Bacon, [1810].


Plato has his own page.


M. Accius Plautus ex fide atque auctoritate complurium librorum manuscriptorum opera Dionys. Lambini Monstroliensis emendatus. Lutetiae [Paris]: Apud Ioannem Macaeum, 1577. —Beautifully printed and very well scanned.
Another copy, also well scanned.

Plautus with an English translation by Paul Nixon. London: William Heinemann. [Loeb Classics.] —Note that the translations in all but the first two volumes may be under copyright in the United States.

Vol. I. Amphytryon; The Comedy of Asses; The Pot of Gold; The Two Bacchises; The Captives.

Vol. II: Casina; The Casket Comedy; Curculio; Epidicus; The Two Menachmuses.

Vol. III: The Merchant; The Braggart Warrior; The Haunted House; The Persian.

Vol. IV: The Little Carthaginian; Pseudolus; The Rope.

Vol. V: Stichus; Three Bob Day; Truculentus; The Tale of a Travelling Bag; Fragments.

The Comedies of Plautus, translated into familiar blank verse, by Bonnell Thornton, M.B. London: J. Lister, 1767.

Vol. I.

Vol. II.

The Comedies of Plautus, literally translated into English prose, with notes, by Henry Thomas Riley, B.A. London: George Bell and Sons, 1894.

Volume I.
Another copy.

Volume II.

Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder, author of the Natural History, has his own page.

Pliny the Younger.

Pliny the Younger, famous for his elegant correspondence, has his own page.


Select Works of Plotinus, the great restorer of the philosophy of Plato: and extracts from the Treatise of Synesius on Providence. Translated from the Greek. With an introduction containing the substance of Porphyry’s life of Plotinus. By Thomas Taylor. London: Printed for the author, 1817.

Plotinus: The Ethical Treatises, being the treatises of the first Ennead, with Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus, and the Preller-Ritter extracts forming a conspectus of the Plotinian System, translated from the Greek by Stephen MacKenna. London: Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, 1917.

Plotinus: Psychic and Physical Treatises; comprising the second and third Enneads, translated from the Greek by Stephen MacKenna. London: Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, 1921.

Plotinus On the Nature of the Soul, being the fourth Ennead, translated from the Greek by Stephen MacKenna. London: Medici Society, 1924.

Plotinus: The Divine Mind, being the treatises of the fifth Ennead, treanslated from the Greek by Stephen MacKenna. London and Boston: Medici Society, 1926.

Plotinos: Complete Works in chronological order, grouped in four periods; with Biography by Porphyry, Eunapius & Suidas; Commentary by Porphyry; Illustrations by Jamblichus & Ammonius; Studies in sources, development, influence; Index of subjects, thoughts, and words. But Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie. Alpine, N. J.: Platonist Press, 1918.

Vol. I. Biographies; Amelian Books, 1–21.

Vol. II.
Amelio-Porphyrian Books, 22–33.

Vol. III.
Porphyrian Books, 34–45.

Vol. IV. Eustochian Books, 46–54. Comment.


Plutarch has his own page.


Polyaeni Strategematon libri octo ex recensione Eduardi Woelfflin. Iterum recensuit, excerpta Polyaeni e codice Tacticorum florentino addidit, Leonis imperatoris Strategemata e Rud. Schoelli apographo subiunxit Ioannes Melber. Lipsiae: In Aedibus B. G. Teubneri. 1887.

Polyaenus’s Stratagems of War; translated from the original Greek, by R. Shepherd. London: George Nicol, 1793. —Dedicated to Cornwallis. “The subsequent pages having already received the approbation of so excellent a judge of the subject as the Marquis Cornwallis…” We recall, for example, his exemplary strategy at Yorktown. A typed transcription is at the Internet Archive, with excellent OCR.


Polybius: The Histories. With an English translation by W. R. Paton. In six volumes. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press; London: William Heinemann Ltd. —Loeb edition.

Vol. I. Books I, II.

Vol. II. Books III, IV.

Vol. III. Book V; fragments of books VI–VIII.

Vol. IV. Fragments of books IX–XV
Another copy.

Vol. V. Fragments of books XVI–XXVI.
Another copy.

Vol. VI. Fragments of books XXVIII–XXIX.
Another copy.

The General History of Polybius. In five books. Translated from the Greek by Mr. [James] Hampton. The second edition. London: Printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761.

Vol. I. Books I–III.

Vol. II. Books IV, V; biographical index.

Fifth edition. Oxford: Printed by W. Baxter for J. Parker, 1823.

Vol. I.

Vol. II.

The Histories of Polybius. Translated from the text of F. Hultsch by Evelyn S. Shuckburgh, M.A. London: Macmillan and Co., 1889. —“This is the first English translation of the complete works of Polybius as they are known,” says the preface.

Vol. I. Books I–IX.

Vol. II. Books X to XXXIX; smaller fragments; appendices; index.

Pomponius Mela.

Macrobe (oeuvres complètes), Varron (De la langue latine), Pomponius Méla (oeuvres complètes) ; avec la traduction en français [et] publiées sous la direction de M. Nisard. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie, 1863.
1850 edition from Garnier Frères, which appears to be identical except for a different cut on the title page, and the scan is much better.

Porphyry the Philosopher.

Aeliani De Natura Animalium, Varia Historia, Epistolae et fragmenta. Porphyrii Philosophi De Abstinentia et De Antro Nympharum. Philonus Byzantii De Septem Orbis Spectaculis. Edied by Rud. Hercher. Paris: Ambrose Firmin Didot, 1858. —Greek with parallel Latin translations.

Select Works of Porphyry; containing his four books On Abstinence from Animal Food; his treatise On the Homeric Cave of the Nymphs; and his Auxiliaries to the Perception of Intelligible Natures. Translated from the Greek by Thomas Taylor. With an appendix, explaining the allegory of the wanderings of Ulysses, by the translator. London: Thomas Rodd, 1823.

On the cave of the nymphs in the thirteenth book of the Odyssey. From the Greek of Porphyry. Translated by Thomas Taylor. London: John M. Wilkins, 1917.

Proba (Falconia or Faltonia)

☛Proba’s Cento is a poem describing the history of Christian salvation, but made up entirely of verses picked out of Virgil.

Probae Falconiae Centonis Clarissimae foeminae excerptum e Maronis carminibus ad testimonium veteris novique Testamenti opusculum. (Publisher not named on title page, but attributed by the librarian to Joannes Tacuinus de Tridino, 1522.)


The Philosophical and Mathematical Commentaries of Proclus, on the First Book of Euclid’s Elements. To which are added, a History of the Restoration of Platonic Theology, by the latter Platonists, and a translation from the Greek of Proclus’s Theological Elements. [By Thomas Taylor.] In two volumes. London: Printed for the Author, 1791–1792.

Vol. I.

Vol. II.

Proclus: The Elements of Theology. A revised text with translation, introduction and commentary by E. R. Dodds. Second Edition. Oxford, 1963.

Two Treatises of Proclus, the Platonic Successor; the former consisting of Ten doubts concerning Providence, and a solution of those doubts; and the latter containing a development of the nature of evil. Translated from the edition of these works by Victor Cousin, by Thomas Taylor. London: Printed for the translator, 1833.

The Fragments That Remain of the Lost Writings of Proclus, surnamed the Platonic Successor. Translated from the Greek by Thomas Taylor. London: Printed for the author, 1825.


Procopius, with an English translation by H. B. Dewing. In seven volumes. —Loeb Classics edition.

Vol. I. History of the Wars, books I and II.

Vol. II. History of the Wars, books III and IV.

Vol. III. History of the Wars, books V and VI.

Vol. IV. History of the Wars, books VI (continued) and VII.

Vol. V. History of the Wars, books VII and VIII.

Vol. VI. The Anecdota or Secret History.

Vol. VII. Buildings, General Index to Procopius.

The History of the Warres of the Emperour Justinian in Eight Books. Written in Greek by Procopius of Caesarea. And Englished by Henry Holcroft, Knight. London: Humphrey Moseley, 1653.
Another copy.

Procopii Caesariensis Arcana Historia, Qui est liber nonus Historiarum. Ex bibliotheca Vaticana Nicolaus Alemannus protulit, Latinè reddidit, Notis illustravit. Lugduni: Sumpt. Andreae Brugioti Bibliopolae Romani, 1623. —The first edition after the manuscript was discovered in the Vatican library. A beautifully printed volume, with a lovely script Greek type and fine illustrations among the extensive notes. It must have been a big seller, because there are several copies on line.
Another copy.
Another copy.

Procopius, Literally and Completely translated from the Greek for the First Time. [The Secret History.] Athens: Privately printed for the Athenian Society, 1896. —Greek with facing English translation.


Prudentius. With an English translation by H. J. Thompson, D.Litt… —Loeb edition.

Vol. I. Praefatio; Liber Cathemerinon; Apotheosis; Mamartigenia; Psychomachia; Contra Orationem Symmachi, liber I.

Vol. II. Contra orationem Symmachi, liber II; Peristephanon liber; Tituli Historiarum (Dittocharon); Epilogus.
Another copy.

Aurelii Prudentii Clementis Opera. Vincentius Lanfranchius ad Bodoniam editionem exegit, variis lectionibus atque adnotatiunculis illustravit. Editio 2a. Augustae Taurinorum: Ex Officina Salesiana, 1904.

Vol. I.

Vol. II, 1896 edition.

Songs from Prudentius. By Ernest Gilliat Smith. London and New York: John Lane, 1898.
Another copy.

The Hymns of Prudentius. Translated by R. Martin Pope & R. F. Davis. London: Dent, 1905. —Latin text with facing English translation.
At Google Books.


Ancient India as Described by Ptolemy; being a translation of the chapters which describe India and Central and Eastern Asia in the treatise on geography written by Klaudios Ptolemaios, the celebrated astronomer. With introduction, commentary, map of India according to Ptolemy, and a very copious index, by J. W. McCrindle. Reprinted from the “Indian Antiquary,” 1884. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink & Co. Bombay: B. E. S. Press. London: Trübner & Co. 1885.

Ptolemy: Tetrabiblos. Edited and translated into English by F. E. Robbins. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. London: William Heinemann Ltd. 1954. —Bound with Manetho in the same scan.

Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos or Quadripartite. Being four books of the influence of the stars. Newly translated from the Greek paraphrase of Proclus, with a preface, explanatory notes, and an appendix containing extracts from the Almagest of Ptolemy and the whole of his Centiloquy, together with a shot notice of Mr. Ranger’s Zodiacal Planisphere and an explanatory plate. By J. M. Ashmand. New edition. London: W. Foulsham & Co., [1900].