Complete World of Greek Mythology / Edition 1

Complete World of Greek Mythology / Edition 1

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by Richard Buxton, R. G. Buxton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0500251215

ISBN-13: 9780500251218

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

A full, authoritative, and wholly engaging account of these endlessly fascinating tales and of the ancient society in which they were created.
Greek myths are among the most complex and influential stories ever told. From the first millennium BC until today, the myths have been repeated in an inexhaustible series of variations and reinterpretations. They can be

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A full, authoritative, and wholly engaging account of these endlessly fascinating tales and of the ancient society in which they were created.
Greek myths are among the most complex and influential stories ever told. From the first millennium BC until today, the myths have been repeated in an inexhaustible series of variations and reinterpretations. They can be found in the latest movies and television shows and in software for interactive computer games. This book combines a retelling of Greek myths with a comprehensive account of the world in which they developed—their themes, their relevance to Greek religion and society, and their relationship to the landscape.
"Contexts, Sources, Meanings" describes the main literary and artistic sources for Greek myths, and their contexts, such as ritual and theater."Myths of Origin" includes stories about the beginning of the cosmos, the origins of the gods, the first humans, and the founding of communities."The Olympians: Power, Honor, Sexuality" examines the activities of all the main divinities."Heroic exploits" concentrates on the adventures of Perseus, Jason, Herakles, and other heroes."Family sagas" explores the dramas and catastrophes that befall heroes and heroines."A Landscape of Myths" sets the stories within the context of the mountains, caves, seas, and rivers of Greece, Crete, Troy, and the Underworld."Greek Myths after the Greeks" describes the rich tradition of retelling, from the Romans, through the Renaissance, to the twenty-first century.Complemented by lavish illustrations, genealogical tables, box features, and specially commissioned drawings, this will be an essential book for anyone interested in these classic tales and in the world of the ancient Greeks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500251218
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Complete Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
58,821
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : myths in context6
Chronology of Greek myth-telling8
IContexts, sources, meanings
General characteristics of Greek myths16
Sources of evidence22
Contexts for myth-telling28
IIMyths of origin
Cosmogony44
Origins of humanity54
Local origins60
Bringers of culture62
Colonies64
IIIThe olympians : power, honour, sexuality
Powers and spheres of influence68
Honour and boundaries88
Divine sexuality94
IVHeroic exploits
Perseus104
Meleager, Atalanta and the Kalydonian Boar106
Jason, the Argonauts and Medea108
Herakles114
Theseus and the heroic Athenian past124
The Trojan war130
VFamily sagas
A house of Pelops148
Tereus, Prokne and Philomela154
Antiope and her sons156
Danaos and his kin158
Proitos, Sthenebora and Bellerophon160
The house of Laios162
Strong bonds : love between spouses170
Same-sex eroticism174
VIA landscape of myths
Mountains180
Caves184
Rivers and springs188
The sea192
Crete194
Troy200
The underworld206
VIIGreek myths after the Greeks
How Rome re-imagined Greece216
The middle ages226
From the renaissance to the 20th century230
Present and future244
Further reading246
Sources of quotations250
Illustration credits251
Acknowledgments252
Index253

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Complete World of Greek Mythology 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a goid family tree of the greek gods and a good refrence to all the. "Monsters" and how they came sbout. This book gave me exactly that and it was just what i was looking for.
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This book was excellent. It gives a detailed account of the gods and Titans associated with Greek mythology.
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