Myths of the Ancient Greeks

Myths of the Ancient Greeks

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by Richard P. Martin
     
 

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From one of today’s foremost scholars, a lively retelling of the timeless tales…

Here are the myths that have influenced so much of our cultural heritage. Such age-old stories as the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice or Demeter’s loss of her daughter, Persephone, resonate strongly with readers even today. In this book the rousing

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From one of today’s foremost scholars, a lively retelling of the timeless tales…

Here are the myths that have influenced so much of our cultural heritage. Such age-old stories as the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice or Demeter’s loss of her daughter, Persephone, resonate strongly with readers even today. In this book the rousing adventures of the heroes Herakles, Theseus, and Perseus are intertwined with the tragedies of immortal Prometheus and mortal Oedipus, the amorous escapades of Zeus, the trickery of Hermes, and the ecstasy of Dionysus. In-depth introductions to each section deepen your understanding of the myths—and heighten your reading pleasure.

Presented in simple yet elegant prose, these tales emerge in brilliant new life. From the creation battle of the gods and Titans to Odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War, this indispensable volume contains fifty-six legendary stories—handed down from generations past—that will continue to captivate readers for generations to come.

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Library Journal
In this collection of 56 classic Greek myths, Martin (Greek & Latin literature, Stanford), an authority on the subject, retells such legendary stories as those of Herakles, Perseus, Prometheus, and Oedipus for a 21st-century audience. The book is divided into nine sections, each preceded by a brief but sufficient headnote that in lay readers' terms discusses some of the scholarship surrounding the stories to follow. By using a modern fiction format, Martin attempts to make these stories accessible to those who don't already know them while keeping them "at one remove" for those who do. What results is a group of somewhat chatty tales that would be too challenging for young adult readers but could work for those new to Greek mythology or for well-versed readers looking for a new perspective. Two maps of the Ancient Greek world, 18 useful illustrations (e.g., family trees), an index (not seen), and a list of further readings round out the work. Recommended only where librarians think the fiction format might appeal.-Katherine K. Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451206855
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
327,400
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Myths of the Ancient Greeks: 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Martin has found a way to revitalize the ancient myths responsible for modern literature. Through his work and research, new boundaries have formed, exposing a deeper reach into the psychosis shared betwixt gods, goddesses, and their devious, defiant offspring. From the creation of our universe to the simplest of heroic persona, Martin foreshadows the rise and fall of the Titans, and the dispostion of Zeus as ruler of the Olympian theocracy. This mythology guide is the new testament of mythology. For anyone who requires ample research on myth, or the patron with a deep love for culture, action, and adventure, this book is a must have. In fact, it has inspired me to create a more involved plot in the sequel to my novel, Grecian Rune. Again, great work, Dr. Martin.
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Earl Rutledge More than 1 year ago
i jst put a 5 star bcuz i luv greek myths gods and goddesses so read bcuzi luv greek mutholgy