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Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Ninth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available--and the first full-color textbook of its kind. Featuring the authors' clear and extensive translations of original sources, it brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. The text contains a wide variety of faithfully translated passages from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Hesiod, all the Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca.

Acclaimed authors Mark P.O. Morford and Robert J. Lenardon--joined by new coauthor Michael N. Sham--incorporate a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make the myths come alive for students. Offering historical and cultural background on the myths (including evidence from art and archaeology) they also provide ample interpretative material and examine the enduring survival of classical mythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film.


Stunning full-color art program: 174 photos & illustrations (many new), 22 figures, and 8 maps (3 new, 5 improved)--with lucid explanatory captions, now in full color throughout

Enhanced pedagogy: New chapter-opening quotations; improved timelines, maps, and genealogies; expanded and updated select bibliographies; and prominent web icons in the margins that provide a more seamless integration between the text and the companion website

New and updated content: New material and discussions, including an examination of the stages of development in feminist interpretation and an appendix offering an analysis of Greek Religion that covers the relationship of mythology to religion, civic and mystery religions, hero cults, priests and priestesses, and the ritual of sacrifice


Revised Companion Website at offering a wealth resources for both students and instructors, including analyses and summaries of the myths covered in the text; representations of myth in art; information on comparative myths; interactive maps; audio glossaries; student activities; and PowerPoint-based lecture slides

Instructor's Manual and Test Bank in print or on CD, available to adopters

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Editorial Reviews

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"Classical Mythology is the best text available; an excellent and complete introduction. Its strengths include its thoroughness, readability, informative notes and appendices, glossary, indices, and format."—Richard A. Spencer, Appalachian State University

"Classical Mythology gives students a firm foundation for completely understanding myths. Its structure and organization is the main reason that I greatly favor this text over its competitors. In addition, the family trees are very detailed, the excerpts from the many myths are very helpful, and the length of the excerpts is perfect."—Sherri Mussatto, Rose State College

"The principle advantage of this text is that it is better rounded and more thorough about the context of the myths without being cumbersome or pedantic. The range of coverage is also very impressive. I think that this book strikes the right balance between print and image and between summary and exposition."—Carolyn Whitson, Metropolitan State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195397703
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark P.O. Morford is Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Virginia.

Robert J. Lenardon is Professor of Classics Emeritus at The Ohio State University.

Michael Sham is Professor of Classics at Siena College.

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Table of Contents

Arts, Maps, and Figures Preface About the Authors About the Website
1. Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology Appendix to Chapter 1: Sources for Classical Mythology
2. Historical Background of Greek Mythology
3. Myths of Creation
4. Zeus' Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals Additional Reading: Parallels in Myths of Greece and the Ancient Near East
5. The Twelve Olympians: Zeus, Hera, and Their Children
6. The Nature of the Gods Appendix to Chapter 6: Greek Religion
7. Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters
8. Athena
9. Aphrodite and Eros
10. Artemis Additional Reading: Selections from Euripides' Hippolytus
11. Apollo Additional Reading: The Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo
12. Hermes
13. Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus
14. Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries
15. Views of the Afterlife: The Realm of Hades
16. Orpheus and Orphism: Mystery Religions in Roman Times
17. The Theban Saga
18. The Mycenaean Saga Additional Reading: Orestes and the Three Electras
19. The Trojan Saga and the Iliad Appendix to Chapter 19: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar Hunt
20. The Returns and the Odyssey
21. Perseus and the Legends of Argos Appendix to Chapter 21: Bellerophon
22. Heracles
23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica
24. Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts Additional Reading: Jason and Medea in Euripides
25. Greek and Roman Legends in Ovid's Poetry
26. Roman Mythology and Saga
27. Classical Mythology in Literature
28. Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English The Greek Spelling of Names Indexes A. Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles B. Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000


    I happen to own a hardback copy of the 5th edition, so there are sure to be some subtle variations in the 6th. Neverthless, this is absolutely the best, most comprehensive and well-constructed analysis of classical mythology available. The index/glossary is a fine example of the care that's been taken to cover all bases--not only do I wear it out while reading this book, but while reading any other article or book concerning ancient Greece, as every classical name or place you can imagine is covered with a brief description and its pronunciation. The authors obviously worked very hard to construct a quality, scholarly text, and it shows--this book is worth every penny and then some.

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