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APA Citation Guide, 7th edition: Classical Works

Classical Works (p. 325)

When citing very old, classical works, cite the year of the translation you used, preceded by trans., or the year of the version you used, followed by version.   If you know the "original date" of the publication, you should include it in the citation.
 
 
General Format
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):
      (Name of the Book (often abbreviated), Page or Chapter:Verse [if applicable] or canto, original publication date/publication date)
 
          NOTE: If you are only using one version of a particular work, you only need to include the Version in the first in-text citation (p. 179).
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Name of the Book (often abbreviated), Page or Chapter:Verse [if applicable] or canto, original publication date/publication date)
 
      References:
      Name of the book. (Date of publication). Publisher. URL if from a website (Date of original publication)
 
Example 1
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (King James red letter Bible, 1 Cor. 13:1, 1769/1980)
 
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (King James red letter Bible, 1 Cor. 13:1, 1769/1980)
 
      References:
         King James red letter Bible. (1980). Christian Bible Society. (Original work published 1769)
 
Example 2
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Qur'an 5:3-4)
 
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Qur'an 5:3-4)
 
      References:
         The Qur'an (M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, Trans.). (2004). Oxford University Press. 
 
Example 3
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Aristotle, ca. 350 B.C.E./1997)
 
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Aristotle, ca. 350 B.C.E./1997, 25)
 
      References:
         Aristotle. (1997). Aristotle's Poetics (G. Whalley, Trans.; J. Baxter & P. Atherton, Eds.). McGill-Queen's University Press. (Original work published ca. 350 B.C. E.) 

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