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30-Second Mythology

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What did Hercules do to deserve his twelve labors? How did Narcissus find the love of his life? And why did Odysseus take ten years to travel 500 miles? You might recall such epic events, but do you know them well enough to brighten up dinner party discussions with tales of gods and monsters?

30-Second Mythology sets out the most significant details and unravels the underlying meaning of the greatest classical myths. Revealing the origins of the gods, heroes, and monsters of ...

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Overview

What did Hercules do to deserve his twelve labors? How did Narcissus find the love of his life? And why did Odysseus take ten years to travel 500 miles? You might recall such epic events, but do you know them well enough to brighten up dinner party discussions with tales of gods and monsters?

30-Second Mythology sets out the most significant details and unravels the underlying meaning of the greatest classical myths. Revealing the origins of the gods, heroes, and monsters of ancient Greece and Rome, the book outlines the key aspects of their stories for the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and one picture. Featuring detailed biographies of the seven greatest poets and playwrights of the Ancient world, 30-Second Mythology explains the enduring influence of ancient myth in the blink of a Cyclops’ eye.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140660
  • Publisher: Metro Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor Robert A. Segal is Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a leading authority on approaches to myth and is the author of Myth: A Very Short Introduction (2004) and Theorizing about Myth (1999). He also helps to moderate an online myth discussion list.
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