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Barry B. Powell , after graduation from Berkeley and Harvard, taught at Northern Arizona University, then took a job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 34 years. He is a master of many languages, both ancient and modern, and for many years taught Egyptian philology and culture at Wisconsin, in addition to courses in Classics. His book Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet, which advanced the thesis that one man invented the Greek alphabet in order to record the poet Homer, has become a classic and changed the way we think about the origins of Western Culture. He has written many other books, including two novels and a book of poetry. His book Classical Myth, is the best-selling book on the topic, and is now in its seventh edition. His book Homer is the best-selling study of this author. The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (second edition, with Ian Morris) is widely used in college classrooms. He is currently preparing a translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he and his wife Patricia enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren.
Table of Contents
|Definitions and Background|
|The Nature of Myth||p. 1|
|The Cultural Context of Classical Myth||p. 19|
|The Development of Classical Myth||p. 54|
|Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus||p. 82|
|Myths of Creation: The Origins of Mortals||p. 115|
|Myths of Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brothers Poseidon and Hades||p. 144|
|Myths of the Great God Apollo||p. 167|
|Myths of Hermes, Pan, Hephaestus, and Ares||p. 187|
|Myths of the Female Deities Aphrodite Artemis and Athena||p. 211|
|Myths of Fertility: Demeter and Related Myths||p. 236|
|Myths of Fertility: Dionysus||p. 271|
|Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld||p. 303|
|Gilgamesh: Introduction to Heroic Myth||p. 336|
|Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain||p. 351|
|Theseus and the Myths of Athens||p. 414|
|The Myths of Crete||p. 449|
|Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes||p. 475|
|Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon||p. 502|
|The Trojan War||p. 539|
|The Fall of Troy and its Aftermath||p. 576|
|The Return of Odysseus||p. 601|
|Legends of Aeneas||p. 631|
|Legends of Early Rome||p. 659|
|Theories of Myth Interpretation||p. 684|
|Reference Charts||p. 713|
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