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Building on the bestselling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Tenth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available--and the first full-color textbook of its kind. Featuring the authors' clear and extensive translations of original sources, it brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. The text contains a wide variety of faithfully translated passages from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Hesiod, all the Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca.
Acclaimed authors Mark P.O. Morford, Robert J. Lenardon, and Michael Sham incorporate a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make the myths come alive for students. Offering historical and cultural background on the myths (including evidence from art and archaeology) they also provide ample interpretative material and examine the enduring survival of classical mythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film.
Mark P.O. Morford is Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Virginia.
Robert J. Lenardon is Professor of Classics Emeritus at The Ohio State University
Michael Sham is Professor of Classics at Siena College.
Table of Contents
Art, Maps, and Figures
About the Authors
About the Website
PART ONE. THE MYTHS OF CREATION: THE GODS
1. Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology
Appendix to Chapter 1: Sources for Classical Mythology
2. Historical Background of Greek Mythology
3. Myths of Creation
4. Zeus' Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals
Additional Reading: Parallels in Myths of Greece and the Ancient Near East
5. The Twelve Olympians: Zeus, Hera, and Their Children
6. The Nature of the Gods and Greek Religion
7. Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters
9. Aphrodite and Eros
Additional Reading: Selections from Euripides' Hippolytus
Additional Reading: The Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo
13. Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus
14. Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries
15. Views of the Afterlife: The Realm of Hades
16. Orpheus and Orphism: Mystery Religions in Roman Times
PART TWO. THE GREEK SAGAS
17. The Theban Saga
18. The Mycenaean Saga
Additional Reading: Orestes and the Three Electras
19. The Trojan Saga and the Iliad
Appendix to Chapter 19: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar Hunt
20. The Returns and the Odyssey
21. Perseus and the Legends of Argos
Appendix to Chapter 21: Bellerophon
23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica
24. Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts
Additional Reading: Jason and Medea in Euripides
PART THREE. THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
25. Greek Mythology in the Roman Wrold
26. Roman Mythology and Saga
PART FOUR. THE SURVIVAL OF CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY
27. Classical Mythology in Literature
28. Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film
Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English
The Greek Spelling of Names
A. Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles
B. Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects