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Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, this is the only classical mythology text that combines thorough coverage of theoretical approaches to myth with a substantial anthology of primary works. More than 700 pages of primary selections, many of them complete works, include major hymns, epics, and plays of classical myth, while more than 200 photographs of classical works of art illustrate how the Greeks and Romans envisioned gods.
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An introduction to Greek and Roman mythology combining theoretical treatment of myth with primary literature and art. Incorporates selections and complete works of Greco-Roman myths such as Hesiod's Theogony, the Homeric hymns, and Ovid's Metamorphoses, with critical introductions and discussion and review questions. Discusses Greek myth's concepts and divinities, contrasts Greek and Roman myth, modern art and literature incorporating mythology. Includes a separate chapter devoted to the Great Goddess. Includes b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072818499
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/16/2003
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1104
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served ten years as department chair. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, his publications include Understanding the Bible (8th edition, 2011); The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (with Robert Platzner); Classical Mythology: Images and Insights (with Gloria Platzner); Exploring the Bible; and Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, a survey of volcanic hazards on the U.S. Pacific Coast; and for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth, a study of global earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).

Gloria Platzner teaches in the English and Humanities programs at California State University, Sacramento, including courses on Classical Mythology and World Mythology.

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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 Theogony

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

5.
The Great Goddess and the Goddesses: 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.
THEWESTERN WORLD'S TRANSFORMATION OF MYTH

21.
The Persistence of Myth

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

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