9780500251218

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  • ISBN13:

    9780500251218

  • ISBN10:

    0500251215

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/17/2004
  • Publisher: THAMES&HUD

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Summary

Greek myths are among the most complex and influential stories ever told. From the first millennium BC until today, the myths have been repeated in an inexhaustible series of variations and reinterpretations. They can be found in the latest movies and television shows and in software for interactive computer games. This book combines a retelling of Greek myths with a comprehensive account of the world in which they developed-their themes, their relevance to Greek religion and society, and their relationship to the landscape. "Contexts, Sources, Meanings" describes the main literary and artistic sources for Greek myths, and their contexts, such as ritual and theater. "Myths of Origin" includes stories about the beginning of the cosmos, the origins of the gods, the first humans, and the founding of communities. "The Olympians: Power, Honor, Sexuality" examines the activities of all the main divinities. "Heroic exploits" concentrates on the adventures of Perseus, Jason, Herakles, and other heroes. "Family sagas" explores the dramas and catastrophes that befall heroes and heroines. "A Landscape of Myths" sets the stories within the context of the mountains, caves, seas, and rivers of Greece, Crete, Troy, and the Underworld. "Greek Myths after the Greeks" describes the rich tradition of retelling, from the Romans, through the Renaissance, to the twenty-first century.Complemented by lavish illustrations, genealogical tables, box features, and specially commissioned drawings, this will be an essential book for anyone interested in these classic tales and in the world of the ancient Greeks.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Myths in Context 6(2)
Chronology of Greek Myth-telling 8(8)
Contexts, Sources, Meanings
General Characteristics of Greek Myths
16(6)
Sources of Evidence
22(6)
Contexts for Myth-telling
28(16)
Myths of Origin
Cosmogony
44(10)
Origins of Humanity
54(6)
Local Origins
60(2)
Bringers of Culture
62(2)
Colonies
64(4)
The Olympians: Power, Honour, Sexuality
Powers and Spheres of Influence
68(20)
Honour and Boundaries
88(6)
Divine Sexuality
94(10)
Heroic Exploits
Perseus
104(2)
Meleager, Atalanta and the Kalydonian Boar
106(2)
Jason, the Argonauts and Medea
108(6)
Herakles
114(10)
Theseus and the Heroic Athenian Past
124(6)
The Trojan War
130(18)
Family Sagas
The House of Pelops
148(6)
Tereus, Prokne and Philomela
154(2)
Antiope and Her Sons
156(2)
Danaos and His Kin
158(2)
Proitos, Stheneboia and Bellerophon
160(2)
The House of Laios
162(8)
Strong Bonds: Love Between Spouses
170(4)
Same-Sex Eroticism
174(6)
A Landscape of Myths
Mountains
180(4)
Caves
184(4)
Rivers and Springs
188(4)
The Sea
192(2)
Crete
194(6)
Troy
200(6)
The Underworld
206(10)
Greek Myths after the Greeks
How Rome Re-imagined Greece
216(10)
The Middle Ages
226(4)
From the Renaissance to the 20th Century
230(14)
Present and Future
244(2)
Further Reading 246(4)
Sources of Quotations 250(1)
Illustration Credits 251(1)
Acknowledgments 252(1)
Index 253

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