Loeb Classical Library



The Loeb Classical Library was conceived and initially funded by the Jewish-German-American banker and philanthropist James Loeb (1867–1933). The first volumes were edited by T. E. Page, W. H. D. Rouse, and Edward Capps, and published by William Heinemann, Ltd. (London) in 1912, already in their distinctive green (for Greek text) and red (for Latin) hardcover bindings. Since then scores of new titles have been added, and the earliest translations have been revised several times. In recent years, this has included the removal of earlier editions’ bowdlerization, which habitually extended to reversal of gender to disguise homosexual references or (in the case of early editions of Longus‘ Daphnis and Chloe) translated sexually explicit passages into Latin, rather than English.[citation needed]

Since 1934, it has been co-published with Harvard University.[2] Profit from the editions continues to fund graduate student fellowships at Harvard University.



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