9780190851644

Classical Mythology

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    9780190851644

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    0190851643

  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-06-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Eleventh 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, they also examine the enduring survival of classical mythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film.

Author Biography


Mark P.O. Morford is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Virginia, where he joined the faculty in 1984 after teaching for twenty-one years at The Ohio State University and serving as chairman of the Department of Classics.

Robert J. Lenardon is Professor Emeritus of Classics at The Ohio State University, where he was on the faculty for twenty-five years and served as Director of Graduate Studies in Classics.

Michael Sham is Professor of Classics at Siena College, where for the past twenty years he has developed a small but vigorous program. He is currently also Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Table of Contents


Art, Maps, and Figures
Preface
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
Appendix to Chapter 4: 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
8. Athena
9. Aphrodite and Eros
10. Artemis
Additional Reading: Euripides' Hippolytus
11. Apollo
Additional Reading: The Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo
12. Hermes
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
Introduction to 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: Bellerophon and the Chimera
22. Heracles
23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica
Additional Reading: Jason and Medea in Euripides
PART THREE. THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
25. Greek Mythology in the Roman World
26. Roman Mythology and Saga
Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English
The Greek Spelling of Names
Indexes
A. Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles I-1000
B. Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects I-13000

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