Greek Gods, Human Lives / Edition 1

Greek Gods, Human Lives / Edition 1

by Mary Lefkowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300107692

ISBN-13: 9780300107692

Pub. Date: 05/01/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

The mythology of ancient Greece has fascinated readers for two millennia and has formed the basis of Western civilization. The Greek gods are a perennial source of delight because they seem so much like us: in their rages, their love affairs, and their obsession with honor, the gods often appear all too human.
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The mythology of ancient Greece has fascinated readers for two millennia and has formed the basis of Western civilization. The Greek gods are a perennial source of delight because they seem so much like us: in their rages, their love affairs, and their obsession with honor, the gods often appear all too human.
In Greek Gods, Human Lives, preeminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. Lefkowitz demonstrates that these stories, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. The Greek myths-as told by Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and many others-offer crucial lessons about human experience. Greek mythology makes vivid the fact that the gods control every aspect of the lives of mortals, but not in ways that modern audiences have properly understood. We can learn much from these myths, Lefkowitz shows, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience-about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge. These myths spoke to ancient audiences and helped them to comprehend their world. With Mary Lefkowitz as an interpreter, these myths speak to us as well.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107692
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
935,900
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Origins13
2Gods Among Mortals30
3The Gods in the Iliad53
4The Gods in the Odyssey85
5The Gods in Drama I: Apollo and Orestes113
6The Gods in Drama II: Apollo, Athena, and Others141
7The Gods in Hellenistic Poetry169
8The Gods in the Aeneid190
9Changes209
Conclusion: The Gods in Our Lives234
Notes241
Glossary251
References261
Recommendations for Further Reading267
Index269

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