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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452011625
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 953,918
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Part I: The Heroes of Homer
1. The Wrath of Achilles i. The Story Told in the Iliad
ii. Troy and Homer iii. Achilles: Helen iv. The Qualities of a Hero v. The Hero and His Gods

2. Odysseus i. The Story Told in the Odyssey
ii. Odysseus iii. Ever-repeated Tales iv. Beyond the World's End

Part II: Zeus, Apollo, Demeter
3. The Rise of Zeus i. The Story Told in the Theogony
ii. Myths of Creation iii. Zeus Was Not Always There iv. The Destruction of the Rebels

4. Apollo and Demeter i. The Story Told in the Hymn to Apollo
ii. The Brilliant God of Hellenism iii. The Story Told in the Hymn to Demeter
iv. Mother Earth v. Myth and Ritual

Part III: Agamemnon and Prometheus
5. The House of Agamemnon i. The Story of the Oresteia Told by Aeschylus ii. Tragic Drama Chooses Myth iii. The God Who Exacts the Price iv. To O'Neill, Eliot and Sartre

6. Prometheus i. The Story of the Prometheus Bound Told by Aeschylus ii. The Resistance Hero

Part IV: Oedipus and Antigone
7. Oedipus i. The Story of the King Oedipus Told by Sophocles ii. Why Is Oedipus Destroyed?
iii. The Oedipus Complex iv. Oedipus at Colonus

8. Antigone i. The Story of the Antigone Told by Sophocles ii. Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong?

Part V: Heracles and Dionysus
9. Heracles Who Conquers Death i. The Story of the Alcestis Told by Euripides ii. A New Look at the Myths iii. The Harrowing of Hell

10. Dionysus Who Gives Ecstasy i. The Story of the Bacchae Told by Euripides ii. The Irresistable Irrational

Part VI: Heroic Searchers
11. The Quest for the Golden Fleece i. The Story of the Argonautica Told by Apollonius ii. Alexandrians and Victorians

12. The Quest for a Lost Wife i. The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice Told by Virgil ii. The Holy Orphic Books iii. The Poetic Expression of Myth

13. The Quest for a New Home i. The Story of the Aeneid Told by Virgil ii. Nationalism and Guilt iii. The Two Gates of Sleep

14. The Quest for a Roman Past i. The Story of Romulus Told by Livy ii. Patriotic Foundation-myth iii. The Stories of Tarquin and Horatius Told by Livy iv. History in Legend

Part VII: The Thousand Faces of Love
15. Ovid i. Changes of Shape ii. Loves Sad and Heavy iii. Loves Triumphant iv. Pious Couples Rewarded

16. The Invisible Lover i. The Story of Cupid and Psyche Told by Apuleius ii. Fairy-Story iii. Allegory?

17. He Died for Love i. The Story of Hero and Leander Told by Musaeus ii. Autumnal Tint

Maps
Some Additional Myths
Bibliography
Chapter Notes

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