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Classical Mythology: Images and Insights grew out of the authors’ many years of teaching Greek and Roman myth to undergraduates at California State University, Sacramento. Unique among textbooks on this topic, our book approaches the study of myth through complete works of Greco-Roman literature, including six complete Greek dramas and generous excerpts from the narratives of Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and Ovid, and through carefully-chosen examples of Classical works of art, both painting and sculpture. Combining literary masterpieces with the visual arts, this integrative approach offers readers a comprehensive experience with both cognitive and aesthetic appeal.
|Publisher:||Mayfield Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Stephen L. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served ten years as department chair. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. A member of the American Academy of Religion and the Jesus Seminar, his publications include Understanding the Bible, The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, and The New Testament: A Student’s Introduction. He has also written books on geologic hazards, including Fire and Ice: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, Agents of Chaos: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Geologic Hazards, and, for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the new Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).
Gloria Platzner teaches in the English and Humanities programs at California State University, Sacramento, including courses on Classical Mythology and World Mythology.
Table of Contents
PART I. THE NATURE AND FUNCTION OF MYTH
PART II. EPIC MYTHS AND THE HEROIC QUEST 3. In the Beginning: Hesiod's Creation Story 4. Alienation of the Human and Divine: Prometheus, Fire, and Pandora 5. The Divine Woman in Greek Mythology 6. The Olympian Family of Zeus: Sharing Rule of the Universe 7. In Touch with the Gods: Apollo's Oracle at Delphi 8. Dionysus: Rooted in Earth and Ecstasy 9. The Land of No Return: The Gloomy Kingdom of Hades 10. Heroes of Myth: Man Divided Against Himself 11. Heroines of Myth: Women in Many Roles 12. Heroes at War: The Troy Saga 13. A Different Kind of Hero: The Quest of Odysseus
PART III. TRAGIC HEROES AND HEROINES 14. The Theater of Dionysus: Myth and the Tragic Vision 15. The House of Atreus: Aeschylus' Oresteia 16. The Tragic House of Laius: Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle 17. A Different Perspective on Tragedy: Euripides' Medea and the Bacchae
PART IV. THE WORLD OF ROMAN MYTH 18. The Roman Vision: Greek Myths and Roman Realities 19. Virgil's Roman Epic: The Aeneid 20. The Retelling of Greek Myths: Ovid's Metamorphosis
PART V. THE WESTERN WORLD'S TRANSFORMATION OF MYTH 21. The Persistence of Myth