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  • The Catiline Conspiracy: A New Translation

    The plan was simple: set fire to Rome, massacre the rich, loot their property, and take over the government. It was up to Cicero—a bookish orator—to save the republic. Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, Cato: they all have their parts to play, and the masterful pen of Gaston Boissier makes these outsized characters live once more. Gaston […]

  • A Catholic Bishop Who Ran a Gas Station?

    A Catholic bishop running a gas station? Well, that was the story they told in Millbrook, New York. And it turned out to be true. But the gas station is hardly the most interesting thing about this fascinating character. His is a story of catacombs in Rome, a failed bomb-building business in Connecticut and a […]

  • Zosimus, the Last of the Pagan Historians

    One of the most valuable histories of late antiquity is finally available in an economical and useful English edition, with the standard chapter numbers, chronological headings, and helpful and entertaining supplements. What was it like to be a pagan after the final Christianization of the Empire? For Zosimus, it was clear that Rome had declined […]

  • I Want It to Happen, by Samuel Hazo

    Samuel Hazo is a legend in the world of poetry, and now he brings us a novel put together with a poet’s care, each sentence honed and crafted until the craft is completely invisible. I Want It to Happen is a romance—but much more than just a romance. The plot is simple. When Halleluiah Quinn […]

  • The Invention of Zero, by Mike Aquilina

    You know Mike Aquilina from his TV shows on EWTN, from his bestselling books on the Church Fathers, from his podcasts, from his radio appearances. But do you know Mike Aquilina the poet? The Invention of Zero is a collection of splendidly humorous poems in a glittering variety of forms. If you thought about the […]

  • An Ancient Roman Bathroom Book

    A collection of stories, legends, and snappy comebacks preserved for us by one of the most entertaining companions among ancient writers. It’s a long and rambling conversation with an ancient Roman whose mind is full of trivia, and who knows how to make those trivia as interesting to us as they are to him. I […]

  • Good Books
    That Feel Good to Read

    See the complete collection of Serif Classics—good books in tastefully designed inexpensive editions meant to be a pleasure to read.

  • You’ll Want to Quote The Miscellaneous Chesterton

    Chesterton was always Chesterton. No matter where he was writing or what the subject, his mind ranged over the whole universe of thought. These occasional pieces are as filled with his eccentric but provoking wisdom as any of his more famous writings, and they have this great advantage: you probably haven’t read them yet. A […]

  • Euripides and His Age: a Book About Everything

    A book about Euripides? Yes, but it’s much more than that. Far from a dry academic study, this is one of the most riveting books you’ll ever read. With remarkable insight, Gilbert Murray traces the history of all our most important human ideas—democracy, patriotism, war, hate, forgiveness—and shows how Euripides filters them all through his […]