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Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real
     

Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real

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by Spivey
 

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ISBN-10: 0374530378

ISBN-13: 2900374530371

Pub. Date: 05/30/2006

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A vivid, uninhibited retelling of the classic Greek stories

Songs on Bronze is the first major retelling of Greek mythology in half a century; a set of lively, racy, dramatic versions of the great myths, which, in a multicultural society, are recognized more than ever as stories without equal.

Most of us would like to know the Greek myths better than

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A vivid, uninhibited retelling of the classic Greek stories

Songs on Bronze is the first major retelling of Greek mythology in half a century; a set of lively, racy, dramatic versions of the great myths, which, in a multicultural society, are recognized more than ever as stories without equal.

Most of us would like to know the Greek myths better than we do, and books like Seamus Heaney's Beowulf have demonstrated the power of ancient texts to enchant and enthrall us. And yet the modern translations of the Greek myths have sought to instruct, to edify, or to impart a personal philosophy. Songs on Bronze is different. With this book, Nigel Spivey--a young Cambridge classicist and rising star as a documentary host--gives us the Greek myths as the spellbinding stories they are. In bold, sensuous prose, he tells of Demeter and Persephone, of Jason and the Argonauts, of the wrath of Achilles and the travels of Odysseus, of Oedipus's crime and Orpheus's excursion into the underworld. In his hands, these stories are revealed anew as outsize tales of love and strife, of secret compacts and open rivalries, of lust and desire.

Songs on Bronze is a fresh revision of the classics that is likely to become a classic in its own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900374530371
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Author's Note Prelude: Orpheus in Love I. An Early Childhood of the WorldOut of ChaosPrometheus and PandoraDemeter and Persephone II. Heroes in the MakingHeraklesTheseusPerseusJason and the Argonauts III. War about TroyThe Judgment of ParisThe Wrath of AchillesTroy Taken IV. A Hero's Coming HomeThe Travels of Odysseus V. The Stuff of TragedyThe House of AtreusOedipus Unending: Orpheus in the Underworld

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