The Library of Greek Mythology

The Library of Greek Mythology

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by Apollodorus, Robin Hard
     
 

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The only work of its kind to survive from classical antiquity, the Library of Apollodorus is a unique guide to Greek mythology, from the origins of the universe to the Trojan War. Used as a source book by classicists from antiquity to Robert Graves, it tells the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the…  See more details below

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The only work of its kind to survive from classical antiquity, the Library of Apollodorus is a unique guide to Greek mythology, from the origins of the universe to the Trojan War. Used as a source book by classicists from antiquity to Robert Graves, it tells the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines

Robin Hard's accessible and fluent translation is supplemented by comprehensive notes, a map and full genealogical tables. The introduction gives a detailed account of the Library's sources and situates it within the fascinating narrative traditions of Greek mythology. - ;The only work of its kind to survive from classical antiquity, the Library of Apollodorus is a unique guide to Greek mythology, from the origins of the universe to the Trojan War.

Apollodorus' Library has been used as a source book by classicists from the time of its compilation in the 1st-2nd century BC to the present, influencing writers from antiquity to Robert Graves. It provides a complete history of Greek myth, telling the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. As a primary source for Greek myth, as a reference
work, and as an indication of how the Greeks themselves viewed their mythical traditions, the Library is indispensable to anyone who has an interest in classical mythology.

Robin Hard's accessible and fluent translation is supplemented by comprehensive notes, a map and full genealogical tables. The introduction gives a detailed account of the Library's sources and situates it within the fascinating narrative traditions of Greek mythology. -

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"The primary source book for all collections of Hellenic myths."—Oxford Times

"It is an accessible and enjoyable trip through Greek mythology."—Herts Advertiser

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191606113
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, UK
Publication date:
04/24/1997
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
848,650
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Hard is Tutor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading.

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Library of Greek Mythology 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Readuh More than 1 year ago
Very informative, but a dry read. It has interesting information and a lot of it on the Greek myths and such, but it was hard for me to get through it because it was a bit dull. Also the way the myths were told were not story like, which I wanted, but more this happened and this happened and this happened. I suggest and preferred Edith Hamiliton's Mythology to Apollodorus'. Hamiliton's writing style is more manageable and interesting and not as dull as Apollodorus'. Her book also talked about Roman mythology as well as Greek, and then there is a small section on Norse mythology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this boook was great.it was very informative and gives a good look at greek myths.
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