When Gods Walked the Earth: Myths of Ancient Greece (Portable Professor Series)

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Immortalized in such classic works as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the great tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles, the myths of ancient Greece revolve around potent psychological themes and fundamental human fears and desires. The stories themselves are riveting; the characters, unforgettable. In this thoroughly engaging course, classics scholar and theater director and producer Peter Meineck brings the timeless stories of the Greek gods and heroes to life, examining what they might have meant to the culture ...
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Overview

Immortalized in such classic works as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the great tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles, the myths of ancient Greece revolve around potent psychological themes and fundamental human fears and desires. The stories themselves are riveting; the characters, unforgettable. In this thoroughly engaging course, classics scholar and theater director and producer Peter Meineck brings the timeless stories of the Greek gods and heroes to life, examining what they might have meant to the culture that produced them and exploring their far-reaching influence on Western thought and literature.

Peter Meineck is a professor of classics and artist in residence at New York University, where he teaches ancient drama, Greek literature, and classical mythology. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Aquila Theatre Company and an award-winning translator of ancient Greek plays. Professor Meineck frequently leads workshops on ancient drama and has taught at Princeton, the University of South Carolina, and the Tisch School of the Arts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760778241
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 10/14/2005
  • Series: Portable Professor Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 8 CD's 8.14 Hrs
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 2.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    Sing, Goddess!

    This is a fantastic course (my favorite of all I've listened to in the Portable Professor series). First, Meineck speaks very well, which is not surprising since he is a theater person. He advises those (of legal age) to pour a glass of Retsina to create the right ambiance for the course. He then guides the listener through Greek mythology by plumbing Hesiod's Theogony, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, etc. I loved Meineck's recommendation of Stanley Lombardo's translations (particularly the Iliad & Odyssey): it was like reading these works for the first time. Meineck also relies on his own wonderful translation of Aeschylus's masterpiece, the Oresteia. So buy this course, sit back, pour yourself a glass of Retsina (if you are of age!) and let these ancient tales and this remarkable professor carry you away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    I enjoyed this greatly

    Of the eight lectures I've listen to so far this is my favorite. It's very interesting and Professor Meineck has a great voice and does a great job helping the listener follow what he's saying. This was a great lecture.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Great over view of the Greek Myths

    OK I'll admit that I am not that familiar with the Illiad and the Odyssey. And although throughout my childhood I did hear and see a lot of the Greek Myths as told by my parents and as cartoons. I never truly appreciated the psychological, cultural and historical significance of the Myths of the Greeks. Professor Meinneck has put together a great introduction to the Greek Myths and Plays. Mr Meineck has a great storytelling voice and is never boring to listen to.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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