Classical Mythology / Edition 8

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Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available in one volume. 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. The authors 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.
Classical Mythology, Eighth 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 myths and legends. The book is beautifully enhanced by 22 color plates and 160 black and white illustrations with lucid explanatory captions, as well as maps, a glossary, a companion website, and an instructor's manual.

Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, has been updated and revised to reflect recent scholarship, featuring:

• The most recent results of excavations at Troy and Orestes

• Expanded discussions of Asclepius, Antigone, and Orestes

• Many new text boxes including those on Homer, Hesiod, and the worship of Artemis at Brauron

• A new chapter (25) on Ovid's treatment of classical mythology

• Incorporation of local legends--for example, the myth of Bellerophon--in relevant myths and sagas (these legends, located in the former Chapter 25 in the previous edition, have now been distributed throughout the book where they best fit)

• An improved art program, with new images, better-quality reproductions, and improved maps

• Numbering of lines for all translations, for easy reference

• Improved indexes and updated bibliographies

• An improved and updated companion website, including images and maps

• An instructor's manual and test bank (available for the first time)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195308051
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 894
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.40 (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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