Classical Mythology: Images and Insights / Edition 3

Classical Mythology: Images and Insights / Edition 3

by Stephen L. Harris, Gloria Platzner
     
 

Classical Mythology: Images and Insights grew out of the authors’ many years of teaching Greek and Roman myth to undergraduates at California State University, Sacramento. Unique among textbooks on this topic, our book approaches the study of myth through complete works of Greco-Roman literature, including six complete Greek dramas and generous

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Classical Mythology: Images and Insights grew out of the authors’ many years of teaching Greek and Roman myth to undergraduates at California State University, Sacramento. Unique among textbooks on this topic, our book approaches the study of myth through complete works of Greco-Roman literature, including six complete Greek dramas and generous excerpts from the narratives of Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and Ovid, and through carefully-chosen examples of Classical works of art, both painting and sculpture. Combining literary masterpieces with the visual arts, this integrative approach offers readers a comprehensive experience with both cognitive and aesthetic appeal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767415491
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
1086
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
PART I. THE NATURE AND FUNCTION OF MYTH

1. Introduction to Greek Myth

2. Ways of Interpreting Myth
PART II. EPIC MYTHS AND THE HEROIC QUEST

3. In the Beginning: Hesiod's Creation Story

4. Alienation of the Human and Divine: Prometheus, Fire, and Pandora

5. The Divine Woman in Greek Mythology

6. The Olympian Family of Zeus: Sharing Rule of the Universe

7. In Touch with the Gods: Apollo's Oracle at Delphi

8. Dionysus: Rooted in Earth and Ecstasy

9. The Land of No Return: The Gloomy Kingdom of Hades

10. Heroes of Myth: Man Divided Against Himself

11. Heroines of Myth: Women in Many Roles

12. Heroes at War: The Troy Saga

13. A Different Kind of Hero: The Quest of Odysseus
PART III. TRAGIC HEROES AND HEROINES

14. The Theater of Dionysus: Myth and the Tragic Vision

15. The House of Atreus: Aeschylus' Oresteia

16. The Tragic House of Laius: Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle

17. A Different Perspective on Tragedy: Euripides' Medea and the Bacchae
PART IV. THE WORLD OF ROMAN MYTH

18. The Roman Vision: Greek Myths and Roman Realities

19. Virgil's Roman Epic: The Aeneid

20. The Retelling of Greek Myths: Ovid's Metamorphosis
PART V. THE WESTERN WORLD'S TRANSFORMATION OF MYTH

21. The Persistence of Myth
Glossary
Selected Bibliography

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