Classical Mythology

Classical Mythology


By (author) Mark P. O. Morford, By (author) Robert J. Lenardon

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 1028 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 229mm x 32mm | 1,256g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195153448
  • ISBN 13: 9780195153446
  • Edition: 7, Revised
  • Edition statement: 7th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Numerous halftones, line illustrations and colour plates

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Featuring extensive, clear, and faithful translations of original sources, Classical Mythology, 7/e retells the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, it incorporates a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make classical myths come alive for students. The discussion covers comparative and interpretative approaches as well as evidence from art and archaeology. The authors also examine the enduring survival of classical mythology in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film. Classical Mythology, 7/e enables students to explore the fascinating nature of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines and to appreciate the most significant ancient sources of classical legends and myths. The seventh edition: * Offers more extensive translations of works by the ancient authors: Selections by Greek authors include all thirty-three Homeric Hymns; the important passages in Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days; and excerpts from Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Pindar, the Pre-Socratic philosophers, and the Lyric poets. Works by Latin authors including Ovid, Vergil, Statius, Manilius, and Seneca are also provided. * Adds sixty-six new illustrations-selected from both the ancient and the modern world-which appear throughout the text and are accompanied by substantial and informative captions; also adds three new maps * Incorporates for the first time text boxes that explore a variety of new topics and highlight interpretative approaches * Includes a selected bibliography for each chapter * Offers more explanatory material throughout, including a "Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English" COMPANION WEBSITE: The companion website for Classical Mythology: http://www includes chapter-by-chapter summaries, suggested activities, maps, and practice test questions. It will be revised to enhance the multifaceted subjects treated in the seventh edition of the text.

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Table of contents

PART I. THE MYTHS OF CREATION: THE GODS; 1. Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology; 2. Historical Background of Greek Mythology; 3. Myths of Creation; 4. Zeus' Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals; 5. The Twelve Olympians: Zeus, Hera, and their Children; 6. The Nature of the Gods; 7. Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters; 8. Athena; 9. Aphrodite and Eros; 10. Artemis; 11. 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 II. THE GREEK SAGAS: GREEK LOCAL LEGENDS; 17. The Theban Saga; 18. The Mycenaean Saga; 19. The Trojan Saga and the Iliad; 20. The Returns and the Odyssey; 21. Perseus and the Legends of Argos; 22. Heracles; 23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica; 24. Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts; 25. Myths of Local Heroes and Heroines; PART III. THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY; 26. Roman Mythology and Saga; PART IV. THE SURVIVAL OF CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY; 27. Classical Mythology in Literature and Art; 28. Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film