Classical Mythology

ISBN-10: 0195308050
ISBN-13: 9780195308051
Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $79.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 894
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available in one volume. Featuring the authors' clear and extensive translations of original sources, it brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. The text contains a wide variety of faithfully translated passages from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Hesiod, all the Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca. The authors incorporate a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make the myths come alive for students. Offering historical and cultural background on the myths--including evidence from art and archaeology--they also provide ample interpretative material and examine the enduring survival of classical mythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film. Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, enables students to explore the fascinating nature of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, and to appreciate the most significant ancient sources of classical myths and legends. The book is beautifully enhanced by 22 color plates and 160 black and white illustrations with lucid explanatory captions, as well as maps, a glossary, a companion website, and an instructor's manual. Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, has been updated and revised to reflect recent scholarship, featuring: * The most recent results of excavations at Troy and Orestes * Expanded discussions of Asclepius, Antigone, and Orestes * Many new text boxes including those on Homer, Hesiod, and the worship of Artemis at Brauron * A new chapter (25) on Ovid's treatment of classical mythology * Incorporation of local legends--for example, the myth of Bellerophon--in relevant myths and sagas (these legends, located in the former Chapter 25 in the previous edition, have now been distributed throughout the book where they best fit) * An improved art program, with new images, better-quality reproductions, and improved maps * Numbering of lines for all translations, for easy reference * Improved indexes and updated bibliographies * An improved and updated companion website, including images and maps * An instructor's manual and test bank (available for the first time)

Plates, Maps, and Figures
Preface
About the Authors
About the Website
The Myths of Creation: The Gods
Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology
Appendix to Chapter 1: Sources for Classical Mythology
Historical Background of Greek Mythology
Myths of Creation
Zeus' Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals
Additional Reading: Parallels in Myths of Greece and the Ancient Near East
The Twelve Olympians: Zeus, Hera, and Their Children
The Nature of the Gods
Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters
Athena
Aphrodite and Eros
Artemis
Additional Reading: Selections from Euripides' Hippolytus
Apollo
Additional Reading: The Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo
Hermes
Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus
Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries
Views of the Afterlife: The Realm of Hades
Orpheus and Orphism: Mystery Religions in Roman Times
The Greek Sagas
Introduction
The Theban Saga
The Mycenaean Saga
Additional Reading: Orestes and the Three Electras
The Trojan Saga and the Iliad
Appendix to Chapter 19: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar Hunt
The Returns and the Odyssey
Perseus and the Legends of Argos
Appendix to Chapter 21: Bellerophon
Heracles
Theseus and the Legends of Attica
Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts
Additional Reading: Jason and Medea in Euripides
Greek and Roman Legends in Ovid's Poetry
The Nature of Roman Mythology
Roman Mythology and Saga
The Survival of Classical Mythology
Classical Mythology in Literature and Art
Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film
Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English
The Greek Spelling of Names
Indexes
Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles
Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects

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