Greek Mythology: Gods and Heroes Brought to Life

Greek Mythology: Gods and Heroes Brought to Life

by Robert Garland

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Overview

A unique retelling of the Greek myths. Each myth is accompanied by a historical commentary and context.

Greek mythology isn’t the equivalent of the Bible or the Qur’an. There is no standardized version of any myth. Myths aren’t sacred. Whether you happen to be Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides or any other Greek, or even you or me, every myth is yours to tell and interpret any way you like.

Just to give one example. An oracle has decreed that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. In Homer’s version, Oedipus carries on ruling in Thebes when he discovers he has fulfilled the oracle, whereas in the version that Sophocles gives us in his play Oedipus the King, Oedipus blinds himself and goes into voluntary exile. That said, certain details are unalterable. Oedipus has to be ignorant of the fact that the man whom he kills is his father and that the woman whom he marries is his mother, he has to fulfill the awful prophecy of the oracle, and he has to come to a realization of what he has done afterwards. But everything else is pretty much up for grabs.

Greek mythology is very much alive and well in the contemporary world. There are many narrative versions of the myths currently available, but this book will do something very different: it will give the characters the chance to tell their stories in their own words. In so doing, it will give both gods and humans the opportunity to reflect upon their life stories and, in places, justify their actions. In this way they will come across as real people, just as they are, say, in the plays of the dramatists.


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ISBN-13: 9781526776556
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/28/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 603,669
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Robert Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, where he has taught for 30 years. He attended drama school before completing his Ph.D. at University College London. In recent years he has recorded four courses for The Great Courses and written two videos for TED Animation. Robert has published 13 academic books on both Greek and Roman history, and has recently finished a comic historical novel. His interest is in how to make history come alive and his most important contribution to the discipline has been to identify categories of people who have been generally overlooked in conventional accounts of ancient history, including the disabled and refugees.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction viii

Gaia 1

Zeus 7

Artemis 17

Orion 23

Apollo 25

Hermes 32

Perseus 36

Bellerophon 41

Pan 48

Dionysus 50

Ariadne 62

Persephone 70

Heracles 78

Prometheus 87

Jason 90

Atalanta 97

Orestes 100

Oedipus 108

Ismene 113

Polyphemus 118

Odysseus 124

Nausikaä 138

Odysseus 144

Penelope 146

Telemachus 148

Eurycleia 153

Neoptolemus 158

Achilles 160

Thetis 163

Hera 166

Antilochus 170

Achilles 173

Priam 175

Cassandra 178

Aphrodite 180

Psyche 188

Helen 196

Plato 203

Envoi 205

Illustrations 206

Further reading 207

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