Classical Myth

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Comprehensive and scholarly, this well-designed text presents Greek and Roman myths in a lively and easy-to-read manner. The material has been rearranged to make it easier to find and the new edition has been streamlined. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations (ancient and modern) of classical myths and legends, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told. It also provides a cultural context so that readers can see how mythology has influenced the world and how it continues to influence society today.

Table of Contents

Definitions and Background
The Nature of Myth
The Cultural Context of Classical Myth
The Development of Classical Myth
Divine Myth
Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus
Myths of Creation:The Origins of Mortals
Myths of the Olympians: Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brothers
Myths of the Olympians: The Male Deities
Myths of the Olympians: The Female Deities
Myths of Fertility: Demeter
Myths of Fertility: Dionysus
Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld
Introduction to Heroic Myth
Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain
Theseus and the Myths of Athens
The Myths of Crete
Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes
Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon
The Trojan War
The Fall of Troy and its Aftermath
The Return of Odysseus
Roman Myth
Legends of Aeneas
Legends of Early Rome
Theories of Myth InterpretationList of Perspectives
The Brothers Grimm
Goya's Saturn Devouring His Children
The Biblical Creation Story
Prometheus and the Romantics
The Loves of Zeusin European Art
The Three Graces
Bernini's Apollo and Daphn+╝
Pan and Pastoral Tradition
Venus: Images of Beautyin European Art
Rossetti's Proserpina Holding the Pomegranate
H.D.'s "Adonis"
Titian's Bacchus and Ariadn+╝
Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy
Michelangelo's The Sibyl of Cumae
Dante's Inferno
J.R.R. Tolkien's Hero in The Lord of the Rings
Vasari's Perseus and Andromeda
Classical Myth and the Stars
Daumier's Hercules in the Augean Stables
Boccaccio's Misfortunes of Famous Men
Picasso's Minotauromachia
Brueghel's The Fall of Icarus
Gustave Moreau's Oedipus and the Sphinx
Seneca's Medea
Delacroix's M+┐d+┐e
Yeats' "Leda and the Swan"
The Beauty of Helen
The Trojan War in European Art
Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida
The Legends of Odysseus in European Art
Cavafy's "Ithaca"
Aeneas, Augustus, and Mussolini
David's Oath of the Horatii
The Lucretia of Rembrandt and Shakespeare
Apuleius' Allegory of Cupid and Psych+╝Maps
The Ancient Mediterranean (inside front cover)
Southern and Central Greece
The Ancient Near East
Ancient Italy
Imperial Rome
Greece, the Aegean, and Western Asia Minor (inside back cover)
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