Classical Myth (3rd Edition)

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9780130884428: Classical Myth (3rd Edition)

For courses in Classical Mythology in Classics, English, or other departments. Comprehensive and scholarly, this well-designed and class-tested text presents Greek and Roman myths in a lively and easy-to-read manner. 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.

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Comprehensive and scholarly, yet lively and easy to read, this attractively designed and class-tested survey of classical Greek and Roman mythology presents synopses of the major stories. It is highlighted by fresh translations of ancient authors, generous 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.

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This best-selling text presents the myths and legends of the ancient Greeks and Romans in the contexts — political, social, religious, and economic — from which they first emerged. It features modern translations from the works of Homer, Hesiod, Sophocles, Euripides, Vergil, Ovid, and other ancient writers, together with analyses and interpretations of the myths preserved in these works. Information on ancient Near Eastern parallels and sources is also provided. Numerous illustrations allow readers to see how the Greek and Roman artists visualized mythic figures and events. Short sidebar essays throughout the book show how specific classical myths were appropriated and transformed by later writers, artists, filmmakers, and philosophers. The third edition includes a new chapter on the mythic hero, a revised and expanded chapter on the cultural context of Greek myth, and a new presentation of the Olympian deities.

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