The Universe, the Gods, and Men: Ancient Greek Myths Told by Jean-Pierre Vernant

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In this enchanting retelling of Greek myth, Jean-Pierre Vernant combines his deep knowledge of the subject with an original storytelling style. Beginning with the creation of Earth out of Chaos, Vernant continues with the castration of Uranus, the war between the Titans and the Olympian gods, the wily ruses of Prometheus and Zeus, and the creation of Pandora, the first woman. His narrative takes readers from the Trojan War to the voyage of Odysseus, from the story of Dionysus to the terrible destiny of Oedipus, to Perseus's confrontation with the Gorgons.

Jean-Pierre Vernant has devoted himself to the study of Greek mythology. In recounting these tales, he unravels for us their multiple meanings and brings to life the beloved figures of legend whose narratives lie at the origin of our civilization.

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Jean-Pierre Vernant is a professor at the Collège de France in Paris and one of the foremost classicists of our time. He is the author of numerous scholarly books on Greek thought, myths, tragedy, politics, society, and religion.

Linda Asher, a former editor at The New Yorker, has translated into English many French language writers, including Nicolas Edme Restif de Ia Bretonne, Victor Hugo, Georges Simenon, and Milan Kundera.

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Drawing on fond memories of regaling his grandson with "once upon a time" tales from Greek legend, acclaimed classicist Vernant recounts seven of these tales in a gentle, conversational style. Vernant takes a traditional approach as he explores the mythic foundations of the creation of the earth, the birth of the Titans, and the enduring momentum of human heritage. The casually arranged entries include readable accounts of Prometheus, Pandora, Odysseus, Dionysus, Oedipus, and other legendary figures whose narratives reveal a compelling path pertinent to our own civilization. Storytelling at its best, this brief anthology is approachable while remaining true to its sources. A rich treasury for all readers. Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA
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