A Short Introduction to Classical Myth / Edition 1

A Short Introduction to Classical Myth / Edition 1

by Barry B. Powell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0130258393

ISBN-13: 9780130258397

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Pearson

An essential reference for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of classical mythology, this unique guide offers original source material on the social and historical background, interpretation, and commentary on major literary books on Greek myth—such as Homer, Hesiod, the tragedians, the historians, Ovid, Vergil,

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An essential reference for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of classical mythology, this unique guide offers original source material on the social and historical background, interpretation, and commentary on major literary books on Greek myth—such as Homer, Hesiod, the tragedians, the historians, Ovid, Vergil, and in Greek art. Written in a clear and lucid manner, the book offers fresh and original interpretations based on the latest scholarship, and comes organized into three distinct parts: I: Definitions and Interpretations (devoted to theoretical issues); II: Background (to fill in information essential to understanding myth); and III: Themes (chapters directed toward specific topics in the study of myth). For general readers of English literature and/or classical mythology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130258397
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

I. DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION.

1. What Is a Myth?

2. The Meaning of Myth I: Ancient and Premodern Theories.

3. The Meaning of Myth II: Modern Theories.

II. BACKGROUND.

4. The Cultural Context of Classical Myth.

5. The Development of Classical Myth.

III. THEMES.

6. Myth and Creation: Hesiod's Theogony and Its Near Eastern Sources.

7. Greek Myth and Greek Religion: Persephone, Orpheus, Dionysus.

8. Myth and the Hero: The Legends of Heracles and Gilgamesh.

9. Myth and History: Crete and the Legend of the Trojan War.

10. Myth and Folktale: The Legend of Odysseus' Return.

11. Myth and Society: The Legend of the Amazons.

12. Myth and Law: The Legend of Orestes.

13. Roman Myth and Roman Religion: The Metamorphoses of Ovid.

14. Myth and Politics: The Myth of Theseus and the Aeneid of Vergil.

15. Myth and Art.

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