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Classical Mythology

ISBN-10: 0192804766
ISBN-13: 9780192804761
Edition: 2007
Authors: Helen Morales
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Description: From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do seem to be such a potent way of  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 166
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires?This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from arabic poetry and Hollywood films, topsychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism.

Foreword
What's at stake in a myth?
Contexts, then and now
Gods and heroes
Metamorphoses of mythology
On the psychoanalyst's couch
The sexual politics of myth
Mythology, spirituality, and the New Age
Conclusion
References and further reading
Timeline

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