The Everything Classical Mythology Book: Greek and Roman Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters from Ares to Zeus

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Full of action, romance, betrayal, passion, violence, and tragedy, the timeless ancient Greek and Roman myths make great reading. With a cast of unique characters and unbelievable story lines, classical mythology explains phenomena such as creation, weather, nature, and the universe with unparalleled drama. The Everything Classical Mythology Book is an entertaining and educational guide that explains all the great myths and explores how they have influenced language, art, music, psychology, and even today's ...
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Overview

Full of action, romance, betrayal, passion, violence, and tragedy, the timeless ancient Greek and Roman myths make great reading. With a cast of unique characters and unbelievable story lines, classical mythology explains phenomena such as creation, weather, nature, and the universe with unparalleled drama. The Everything Classical Mythology Book is an entertaining and educational guide that explains all the great myths and explores how they have influenced language, art, music, psychology, and even today's popular culture. The book tells the fascinating stories of the gods' rise to power on Mount Olympus and of their frequent clashes with larger-than-life heroes. Rounded out with a helpful glossary, an index of characters, and many reading resources, this action-packed new addition to the Everything series brings classical mythology to life!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580626538
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 593,361
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 The Myth and Its Function 1
What Is a Myth? 2
The Sacred Myth 4
Mystery Solved 6
Establishing Order 8
Emotion Overload 11
The Ideal 12
Entertaining the Masses 15
Chapter 2 Sources of Classical Mythology 17
Homer 18
Hesiod 20
Aeschylus 22
Sophocles 23
Euripides 25
Virgil 27
Ovid 29
Last but Certainly Not Least 30
Chapter 3 Creation: A Chaotic Theory 33
In the Beginning There Was Chaos 34
Giving Personality to Nature 35
And Then There Was Man 37
The Gift of Fire 37
Welcoming the Woman 38
Pandora's Box 39
Other Deities Affecting the Universe 40
Giving Definition to Life 42
Chapter 4 The Children of Mother Earth 43
Children by Pontus 44
Need a Hand? 46
One-Eyed Wonders 47
The Imperials 48
Uranus Loses a Limb 49
Cronus Crowned as Ruler 50
Like Father, Like Son 51
Zeus's Childhood 52
War with the Titans 52
First Acts as Supreme Ruler 54
Chapter 5 Introducing the Olympians 55
The Original Six 56
A Dozen Distinguished Deities 58
Mount Olympus 62
Law and Order Under the Olympians 63
Mutiny on Mount Olympus 64
War with the Giants 66
The Scariest Monster of All 67
This Is Just the Beginning 70
Chapter 6 A Marriage Made in the Heavens 71
The Seventh Lover 72
A Grand Wedding 74
The Children of Zeus and Hera 76
Zeus's Love Affairs 78
The Wrath of Hera 83
A Lover's Spat 84
Chapter 7 Sovereign of the Sea 85
The Power of Poseidon 86
The Fight for City Patronage 87
In Need of a Queen 89
The Paternal Poseidon 91
Poseidon and the Trojans 95
On the Rare Flip Side 96
Chapter 8 The Dark Prince 97
A Private God 98
The Abduction of Persephone 98
The Houese of Hades 99
The Cell Blocks 102
The Judges and the Judged 103
Escaping Death 105
The Underworld Spawns Religious Rites 108
Chapter 9 Home Is Where the Heart Is 109
Demeter's Sphere of Influence 110
The Love Affairs of Demeter 112
Wandering the Countryside 113
Eleusinian Mysteries 115
Hestia Honored 116
The Vestal Virgins 117
Hestia's Unsuitable Suitors 120
Chapter 10 The Art of War 121
A Detestable Deity 122
God of War in Love 123
Amazon Warriors 127
Battles with Athena 129
Tried for Murder 130
Ares Imprisoned 131
Chapter 11 The Peaceful Warrior 133
The Birth of Athena 134
The Almighty Athena 135
Athenian Cult 136
Athena the Inventor 137
An Adventurer's Best Friend 138
Highlights of Athena in Myth 142
Chapter 12 The Thrill of the Hunt 143
Lady of the Wild 144
An Overprotective Daughter 145
Artemis Takes Offense 146
Protecting Her Virginity 149
The Many Deaths of Orion 150
Wild But Loyal 151
Chapter 13 The Master Marksman 153
Tall, Dark, and Handsome 154
God of Music 155
The Playboy 156
Unlucky in Love 157
Free Love 160
A Mortal's Slave 161
Delphi 163
Chapter 14 Swift as the Wind 165
A Child's First Prank 166
The Messenger Boy 168
Reconciling with Hera 170
More Than a Mere Messenger 170
Bad Boy Attraction 172
Hermes Wins the Prize 174
Chapter 15 Adultery Abounds 175
The Queen of Hearts 176
A Master Craftsman 177
Beauty and the Beast 178
A Woman in Love 180
Love's Helping Hand 182
Chapter 16 The Lord of Libation 185
The Twice-Born God 186
Dionysus Driven Mad 187
The Rites of Dionysus 188
Dionysus Takes a Wife 189
Madness Unleashed 190
Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness 192
Joining the Olympians 194
Chapter 17 The Lesser Gods 195
The Muses 196
The Charites 197
The Satyrs 198
The Nymphs 199
Pan 200
Hecate 201
Triton 203
Lesser, But Not Least 204
Chapter 18 Monster Madness 207
Chimaera 208
Scylla 209
Minotaur 211
Sphinx 213
Cacus 214
Centaurs 215
More Mythological Monsters 216
Chapter 19 A Hero's Tale 219
Heracles 220
Theseus 223
Perseus 226
Jason 229
Odysseus 231
Chapter 20 The Trojan War 235
Causes of the War 236
The Olympians Enter the War 238
Heroes of the War 239
The Tenth Year 240
The Fall of Troy 242
The Deities Are Disgusted 243
Chapter 21 When in Rome 245
Greek Versus Roman 246
The Journey to Italy 246
Founding of the Roman Race 249
Peace Disrupted 250
Founding Rome 251
The Age of Kings 253
Chapter 22 Thank the Gods and Goddesses! 257
The Myth in Everyday Language 258
The Myth in Literature 259
The Myth in Art 261
The Myth in Movies 263
The Myth in Cartoons 264
The Myth in Television 265
Appendix A Cast of Characters 267
Appendix B Resources 277
Classic Sources 277
Books on Mythology 278
Web Sites on Classical Mythology 278
Index 279
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