Classical Mythology: Images and Insights

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April 11, 2011


Paperback, 1088 pages


0073407526 / 9780073407524


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Classical Mythology: Images and Insights approaches the study of myths through complete works of Greco-Roman literature, including six complete Greek dramas and generous excerpts from the narratives of Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and Ovid, and through carefully chosen examples of classical works of art, both painting and sculpture. Combining literary masterpieces with the visual arts, this integrative approach offers readers a comprehensive experience with both cognitive and aesthetic appeal.

Table of contents

Preface PART ONE The Nature and Function of Myth CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Greek Myth CHAPTER 2 Ways of Interpreting Myth PART TWO Epic Myths and the Heroic Quest CHAPTER 3 In the Beginning: Hesiod’s Creation Story CHAPTER 4 Alienation of the Human and Divine: Prometheus, Fire, and Pandora CHAPTER 5 The Divine Woman in Greek Mythology CHAPTER 6 The Olympian Family of Zeus: Sharing Rule of the Universe CHAPTER 7 In Touch with the Gods: Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi CHAPTER 8 Dionysus: Rooted in Earth and Ecstasy CHAPTER 9 Land of No Return: The Gloomy Kingdom of Hades CHAPTER 10 Heroes of Myth: Man Divided Against Himself CHAPTER 11 Heroines of Myth: Women in Many Roles CHAPTER 12 Heroes at War: The Troy Saga CHAPTER 13 A Different Kind of Hero: The Quest of Odysseus PART THREE Tragic Heroes and Heroines CHAPTER 14 Myth and the Tragic Vision in the Theater of Dionysus: Euripides’ Bacchae CHAPTER 15 The House of Atreus: Aeschylus’s Oresteia CHAPTER 16 The Tragic House of Laius: Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle CHAPTER 17 A Different Perspective on Tragedy: Euripides’ Medea PART FOUR The World of Roman Myth CHAPTER 18 The Roman Vision: Greek Myths and Roman Realities CHAPTER 19 Virgil’s Roman Epic: The Aeneid CHAPTER 20 The Retelling of Greek Myths: Ovid’s Metamorphosis PART FIVE The Western World’s Transformations of Myth CHAPTER 21 The Persistence of MythGlossary Selected Bibliography Credits Index

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