Myths of the Ancient Greeks

Myths of the Ancient Greeks

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By (author) Richard P. Martin

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  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 364 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 0451206851
  • ISBN 13: 9780451206855
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 189,213

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From one of today's foremost scholars, a lively retelling of the timeless tales...Here are the myths that have influenced so much of our cultural heritage. Such age-old stories as the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice or Demeter's loss of her daughter, Persephone, resonate strongly with readers even today. In this book the rousing adventures of the heroes Herakles, Theseus, and Perseus are intertwined with the tragedies of immortal Prometheus and mortal Oedipus, the amorous escapades of Zeus, the trickery of Hermes, and the ecstasy of Dionysus. In-depth introductions to each section deepen your understanding of the myths--and heighten your reading pleasure.Presented in simple yet elegant prose, these tales emerge in brilliant new life. From the creation battle of the gods and Titans to Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War, this indispensable volume contains fifty-six legendary stories--handed down from generations past--that will continue to captivate readers for generations to come.

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Table of contents

Myths of the Ancient Greeks - Richard P. Martin The Beginnings: Gods and Creatures Offspring of Iapetos the Titan Descendants of Atlas, Greek and Trojan Warriors, Kings, and Heroines from Zeus The Ancient Greek World Mainland Greece Introduction Book 1. The Beginnings 1. The World Begins 2. Night and Sea 3. The Coming of Zeus 4. Battles of the Gods 5. The Final Struggles of Zeus 6. The Marriages of Zeus 7. The Birth of Apollo and Artemis 8. Prometheus and the Human World 9. Prometheus Punished 10. The Great Flood Book 2. Singers, Players, and Rivals 11. The Muses and Their Offspring 12. The Song of Orpheus 13. The Muses Victorious 14. Apollo's Rival 15. Hermes Tricks Apollo 16. Pan the Goat-God Book 3. Lovers Mortal and Divine 17. The Loves of Apollo 18. Fiery Births: Asklepios and Dionysus 19. The God of Ecstasy 20. Demeter and Persephone 21. Dangerous Huntress 22. Hephaestus the Smith 23. Aphrodite's Loves 24. Cosmic Couples Book 4. The Tales of Athens 25. Athens Arises 26. Crimes in Regal Blood 27. Tales from the Virgin's City Book 5. Theseus, Lord of Athens 28. The Sword Under the Stone 29. The Cretan Adventure 30. Life After the Labyrinth 31. Final Falls Book 6. Herakles, Greatest of Heroes 32. The Glory of Hera 33. The Hero Grows Up 34. The Labors of Herakles 35. The Last Years of Herakles 36. A Wedding and a Funeral Book 7. Once and Future Heroes 37. Perseus the Boaster 38. Perseus Finds a Wife 39. Jason and the Voyage East 40. A Prize and a Princess 41. Jason and Medea Book 8. The Saga of Thebes 42. Two Foundations 43. Family Misfortunes 44. Savior and Destroyer: Oedipus the King 45. Fraternal War 46. The Final Sacrifice Book 9. The War at Troy 47. The Cosmic Struggle 48. Judgment and Reward 49. On Pelops' Island 50. Prelude to War 51. The Wrath of Achilles 52. The End of Troy 53. The Returns of the Heroes 54. Odysseus, Last Hero Home 55. A Return to Ithaca 56. End of an Era Further Reading Index