Classical Mythology / Edition 7

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Featuring the authors' extensive, clear, and faithful translations of original sources, Classical Mythology, Seventh Edition, retells the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, it incorporates a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make classical myths come alive for students. The discussion covers comparative and interpretative approaches as well as evidence from art and archaeology. The authors also examine the enduring survival of classical mythology in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film. Classical Mythology, Seventh Edition, enables students to explore the fascinating nature of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines and to appreciate the most significant ancient sources of classical legends and myths. The text is beautifully enhanced by over 150 illustrations, in both color and black and white.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153446
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 844
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Virginia (Emeritus)

The Ohio State University (Emeritus)

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The myths of creation : the gods
1 Interpretation and definition of classical mythology 3
2 Historical background of Greek mythology 40
3 Myths of creation 55
4 Zeus' rise to power : the creation of mortals 78
5 The twelve Olympians : Zeus, Hera, and their children 113
6 The nature of the gods 135
7 Poseidon, sea deities, group divinities, and monsters 154
8 Athena 165
9 Aphrodite and Eros 179
10 Artemis 210
11 Apollo 238
12 Hermes 272
13 Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus 292
14 Demeter and the Eleusinian mysteries 327
15 Views of the afterlife : the realm of Hades 349
16 Orpheus and Orphism : mystery religions in Roman times 377
Pt. 2 The Greek sagas
17 The Theban saga 401
18 The Mycenaean saga 433
19 The Trojan saga and the Iliad 466
20 The returns and the Odyssey 522
21 Perseus and the legends of Argos 547
22 Heracles 564
23 Theseus and the legends of Attica 593
24 Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts 621
25 Greek and Roman legends in Ovid's poetry 651
Pt. 3 The nature of Roman mythology
26 Roman mythology and saga 663
Pt. 4 The survival of classical mythology
27 Classical mythology in literature and art 707
28 Classical mythology in music, dance, and film 748
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