Classical Mythology

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Building on the bestselling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Tenth 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 ...

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Overview

Building on the bestselling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Tenth 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, Robert J. Lenardon, and Michael 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.

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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: 9780199997329
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 408,481
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (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

Art, Maps, and Figures
Preface
About the Authors
About the Website
PART ONE. THE MYTHS OF CREATION: THE GODS
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 and 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
PART TWO. THE GREEK SAGAS
Introduction
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
PART THREE. THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
25. Greek Mythology in the Roman World
26. Roman Mythology and Saga
PART FOUR. THE SURVIVAL OF CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY
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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