Classical Myth

Classical Myth

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 997.9g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Longman Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 7th Revised edition
  • 0205176070
  • 9780205176076
  • 551,708

About Barry B. Powell

"Barry B. Powell," after graduation from Berkeley and Harvard, taught at Northern Arizona University, then took a job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 34 years. He is a master of many languages, both ancient and modern, and for many years taught Egyptian philology and culture at Wisconsin, in addition to courses in Classics. His book "Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet," which advanced the thesis that one man invented the Greek alphabet in order to record the poet Homer, has become a classic and changed the way we think about the origins of Western Culture. He has written many other books, including two novels and a book of poetry. His book "Classical Myth," is the best-selling book on the topic, and is now in its seventh edition. His book "Homer" is the best-selling study of this author. "The Greeks" "History, Culture, and Society" (second edition, with Ian Morris) is widely used in college classrooms. He is currently preparing a translation of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey. "He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he and his wife Patricia enjoy the company of their children and more

Table of contents

Contents Preface PART I Definitions and Background 1. The Nature of Myth 2. The Cultural Context of Classical Myth 3. The Development of Classical Myth PART II Divine Myth 4. Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus 5. Myths of Creation: The Origins of Mortals 6. Myths of Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brother Poseidon 7. Myths of the Great God Apollo 8. Myths of Hermes, Pan, Hephaestus, Ares 9. Myths of the Female Deities 10. Myths of Fertility: Demeter and Related Myths 11. Myths of Fertility: Dionysus 12. Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld PART III Legends 13. Gilgamesh: Introduction to Heroic Myth 14. Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain 15. Heracles 16 Theseus and the Myths of Athens 17. The Myths of Crete 18. Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes 19. Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon 20. The Trojan War 21. The Fall of Troy and Its Aftermath 22. The Return of Odysseus PART IV Roman Myth 23. Legends of Aeneas 24. Legends of Early Rome PART V Interpretation 25. Theories of Myth Interpretation Reference Charts Chronology of the Ancient World The Greek and Roman Pantheon Index PERSPECTIVES 1.1 The "Myth of Atlantis" 1.2 The Brothers Grimm 2 Frank Miller's 300 4.1 Goya's Saturn Devouring His Children 4.2 The Biblical Creation Story 5.1 Kratos: God of War 5.2 Prometheus and the Romantics 6.1 The Three Graces 6.2 The Loves of Zeus in European Art (color insert) 7 Bernini's Apollo and Daphne 8 Pan and Pastoral Tradition 9 Venus: Images of Beauty in European Art (color insert) 10.1 Rossetti's Proserpina Holding the Pomegranate 10.2 H. D.'s "Adonis" 11.1 Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne 11.2 Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy 12.1 Vampires 12.2 Michelangelo's The Sibyl of Cumae 12.3 Dante's Inferno 13 J. R. R. Tolkien's Modern Hero in The Lord of the Rings 14.1 Vasari's Perseus and Andromeda 14.2 Classical Myth and the Stars 15 Daumier's Hercules in the Augean Stables 16 Boccaccio's Misfortunes of Famous Men 17.1 Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson 17.2 Picasso's Minotauromachia 17.3 Brueghel's The Fall of Icarus 18 Gustave Moreau's Oedipus and the Sphinx 19.1 Seneca's Medea 19.2 Delacroix's Medee 20.1 Yeats's "Leda and the Swan" 20.2 The Beauty of Helen 21.1 The Trojan War in European Art (color insert) 21.2 Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida 22.1 Ulysses 22.2 The Legends of Odysseus in European Art (color insert) 22.3 Cavafy's "Ithaca" 23 Aeneas, Augustus, and Mussolini 24.1 David's Oath of the Horatii 24.2 The Lucretia of Rembrandt and Shakespeare 25 Apuleius' Allegory of Cupid and Psyche MAPS I. The Ancient Mediterranean (inside front cover) II. Southern and Central Greece, chapter 2 III. The Ancient Near East, chapter 3 IV. The Argive Plain, chapter 14 V. Heracles' Adventures in Greece, chapter 15 VI. Locations of Heracles' Deeds Abroad, chapter 15 VII. The Labors of Theseus, chapter 16 VIII. The Voyage of the Argo, chapter 19 IX. The Troad, chapter 20 X. Ancient Italy, chapter 23 XI. The Travels of Aeneas, chapter 23 XII. Imperial Rome, chapter 24 XIII. Greece, the Aegean, and Western Asia Minor (inside back cover) CHARTS CHART 3 Near Eastern Gods and Goddesses CHART 4.1 The First Generation of Gods CHART 4.2 The Offspring of Gaea and Uranus CHART 4.3 The Offspring of Gaea and Pontus CHART 4.4 Hittite and Greek Theogonies Compared CHART 5 The Descent of the Greek Tribes from the Race of Titans CHART 6.1 The Twelve Olympians CHART 6.2 Zeus's Divine Consorts and Their Children CHART 14 The Descent of Perseus CHART 15.1 The Descent of Heracles CHART 15.2 Heracles' Wives and Offspring CHART 16.1 Cecrops and His Descendants CHART 16.2 The House of Erichthonius CHART 17 The House of Crete CHART 18 The House of Cadmus CHART 19.1 The House of Aeolus CHART 19.2 The House of Calydon CHART 20.1 The House of Atreus CHART 20.2 The House of Tyndareus CHART 20.3 The House of Troyshow more