Myths of the Greeks and Romans

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In this insightful and absorbing book, distinguished historian and classical scholar Michael Grant demonstrates the dynamic effect that ancient mythology has had on the creative efforts of succeding centuries. He summarizes all the myths as well as the legends of the lesser gods and heroes, and traces their origins in historical fact or religious myth. He then shows how myths have continued to evolve throughout the ages. The author's brilliant investigations lead from Pericles to Picasso, Homer to Freud, Apuleius...
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In this insightful and absorbing book, distinguished historian and classical scholar Michael Grant demonstrates the dynamic effect that ancient mythology has had on the creative efforts of succeding centuries. He summarizes all the myths as well as the legends of the lesser gods and heroes, and traces their origins in historical fact or religious myth. He then shows how myths have continued to evolve throughout the ages. The author's brilliant investigations lead from Pericles to Picasso, Homer to Freud, Apuleius to Grimm - and prove that mythological themes have been continuously restated in art, science, and folklore, up to the present day.

Lively and fascinating, this in-depth study is complemented by maps, genealogical tables, and 64 pages of photographs. Included, too, are an appendix on additional myths, chapter notes, and an updated bibliography and index.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451618528
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1964
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Michael Grant
Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the cocreator and cowriter of the bestselling middle-grade science fiction series Animorphs and Everworld. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The Wrath of Achilles 23
2 Odysseus 62
3 The Rise of Zeus 86
4 Apollo and Demeter 118
5 The House of Agamemnon 144
6 Prometheus 178
7 Oedipus 190
8 Antigone 211
9 Heracles Who Conquers Death 222
10 Dionysus Who Gives Ecstasy 241
11 The Quest for the Golden Fleece 252
12 The Quest for a Lost Wife 266
13 The Quest for a New Home 285
14 The Quest for a Roman Past 307
15 Ovid 328
16 The Invisible Lover 357
17 He Died for Love 373
Maps 379
Some Additional Myths 387
Bibliography 395
Chapter Notes 403
Index 415
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