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Classical Myth


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CONTENTS Preface Part I Definitions and Background1. The Nature of Myth2. The Cultural Context of Classical Myth3. The Development of Classical Myth Part II Divine Myth4. Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus5. Myths of Creation:The Origins of Mortals6. Myths of the Olympians: Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brothers 7. Myths of the Olympians: The Male Deities8. Myths of the Olympians: The Female Deities9. Myths of Fertility: Demeter10. Myths of Fertility: Dionysus11. Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld Part III Legends12. Introduction to Heroic Myth13. Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain14. Heracles15. Theseus and the Myths of Athens16. The Myths of Crete17. Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes18. Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon19. The Trojan War20. The Fall of Troy and its Aftermath21. The Return of Odysseus Part IV Roman Myth22. Legends of Aeneas23. Legends of Early Rome Part V Interpretation24. Theories of Myth Interpretation List of Perspectives1.1 The Brothers Grimm4.1 Goya's Saturn Devouring His Children4.2 The Biblical Creation Story5.1 Prometheus and the Romantics6.1 The Loves of Zeusin European Art 6.2 The Three Graces7.1 Bernini's Apollo and Daphne7.2 Pan and Pastoral Tradition8.1 Venus: Images of Beautyin European Art 9.1 Rossetti's Proserpina Holding the Pomegranate9.2 H.D.'s "Adonis"10.1 Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne10.2 Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy11.1 Michelangelo's The Sibyl of Cumae11.2 Dante's Inferno12.1 J.R.R. Tolkien's Hero in The Lord of the Rings13.1 Vasari's Perseus and Andromeda13.2 Classical Myth and the Stars14.1 Daumier's Hercules in the Augean Stables15.1 Boccaccio's Misfortunes of Famous Men16.1 Picasso's Minotauromachia16.2 Brueghel's The Fall of Icarus17.1 Gustave Moreau's Oedipus and the Sphinx18.1 Seneca's Medea18.2 Delacroix's Medee19.1 Yeats' "Leda and the Swan"19.2 The Beauty of Helen20.1 The Trojan War in European Art20.2 Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida21.1 Ulysses21.2 The Legends of Odysseus in European Art 21.3 Cavafy's "Ithaca"22.1 Aeneas, Augustus, and Mussolini23.1 David's Oath of the Horatii23.2 The Lucretia of Rembrandt and Shakespeare24.1 Apuleius' Allegory of Cupid and Psyche MapsI. The Ancient Mediterranean (inside front cover)II. Southern and Central GreeceIV. The Ancient Near EastV. Ancient ItalyVI. Imperial RomeVII. Greece, the Aegean, and Western Asia Minor (inside back cover)

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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 today.

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