This volume covers such noted figures and topics as:
- Apuleius 125?-175?
- Beowulf c. 8th century
- La chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland) c. 12th century
- Homer: Illiad c. 8th century B.C.
- Lady Murasaki: Genji monogatari (The Tale of Genji) c. 11th century
- Slovo o polku Igoreve (The Song of Igor's Campaign) 12th century
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As a convenient source of wide-ranging critical opinion on early literature, this series contains excerpts from criticism through the ages on the works of philosophers, poets and playwrights, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians and writers from other genres. Students writing a term paper on an author, work, topic, theme or idea — or anyone wanting to become better acquainted with the classics — will find this series a helpful first resource. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.