Gods of the Greeks

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Drawing on a wealth of sources, from Hesiod to Pausanias and from the Orphic Hymns to Proclus, Professor Kerényi provides a clear and scholarly exposition of all the most important Greek myths.After a brief introduction, the complex genealogies of the gods lead him from the begettings of the Titans and from Aphrodite under all her titles and aspects, to Apollo, Hermes and the reign of Zeus, touching upon the Affairs of Pan, nymphs, satyrs, cosmogonies and the birth of mankind, until he reaches the ineffable ...

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Overview

Drawing on a wealth of sources, from Hesiod to Pausanias and from the Orphic Hymns to Proclus, Professor Kerényi provides a clear and scholarly exposition of all the most important Greek myths.After a brief introduction, the complex genealogies of the gods lead him from the begettings of the Titans and from Aphrodite under all her titles and aspects, to Apollo, Hermes and the reign of Zeus, touching upon the Affairs of Pan, nymphs, satyrs, cosmogonies and the birth of mankind, until he reaches the ineffable mystery of Dionysos. The lively and highly readable narrative is complemented by an appendix of detailed references to all the original texts and a fine selection of illustrations taken from vase paintings.

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Stephen Spender
“It most emphatically must be the book that many have long waited for.”
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“Learned, admirably documented, exhaustive.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500270486
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 1/28/1980
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 534,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Gods of the Greek

    Great Book! Good book for school

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    For the casual reader?

    The introduction says that it's meant to be for adults who aren't scholars. I'd say it's probably a bit heavy on the details for the casual learner. The beginning parts on the Titans it is as confusing as Hesiod, though perhaps in a different way. There are many names and such, but also many varying genealogies from the various sources. The author is incredible to include all this, but then again I have a Classics degree. I'm thinking it's probably not for the casual learner. You should have some sort of solid background in Greek mythology before diving into this. Some of it's confusing to me and I taught a college course on Greek mythology! Perhaps more division should take place. He could have first talked about one Skylla (Scylla), then talked about the other, then the other, and so on rather than putting them all into one paragraph. Or perhaps it could be divided by sources (which are only footnoted at the end of the book) or regions from where the varying mythologies come from. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, though. It's very well researched and despite the fact that I think it could be organized better, I like how he includes the differences in the myths depending on the source or region.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Well worth the money!!

    Fantastic work, an excellent account of the major mythology related to the Greek gods. This is written with a heavy Jungian slant, so if you are a subscriber to archetypal theory I am sure you will love it. On another issue: I see a reviewer below recommended a work called The Gods Who Walk Among Us. I would heavily advise against using this work as a companion to this work. The Gods Who Walk Among Us is nothing but a bigoted fundamentalist-creationist account written by 'Dr's' who don't even seem to know the gender of certain Greek mythological characters. Any classically educated person will get an immediate intellectual lobotomy reading it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    Excellent book!

    This is a great book on greek gods! It gives information most other books exclude. Besides the Olympians, it tells about pre-Olympian beings, creation myths, and surnames of the gods. The author give the meaning of the names of the things he talks about. He even names all 50 Nerieds, and give the translation of the names.

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