The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

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Penguin UK, Jun 5, 2008 - Social Science - 624 pages
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The figures and events of classical myths underpin our culture and the constellations named after them fill the night sky. Whether it’s the raging Minotaur trapped in the Cretan labyrinth or the twelve labours of Hercules, Aphrodite’s birth from the waves or Zeus visiting Danae as a shower of gold, the mythology of Greece and Rome is full of unforgettable stories. All the stories of the Greek tragedies – Oedipus, Medea, Antigone – are there; all the events of the Trojan wars and of Odysseus and Aeneas’ epic journeys; the founding of Athens and of Rome...

These are the strangest tales of love, war, betrayal and heroism ever told and, while brilliantly retelling them, this book shows how they echo through the works of much later writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Camus and Ted Hughes. Full of attractive illustrations and laid out in eighteen clear chapters (the titles include ‘Dangerous Women’ and ‘Heroes’), Dr Jennifer March has written a fascinating guide to the myths of classical civilization that is as readable as a novel.

  

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Review: The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

Review also available on my blog! Buy from The Book Depository Hi guys! If any of you pay attention to my posts then you'll realise that this book is a bit different to what I normally review as it is ... Read full review

Review: The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Infinitely better than Edith Hamilton's Mythology, this Penguin Book gives all the vivid details and variations of the myths and arranges them in a logical order. Great as a reference or simply to read straight through. Read full review

Contents

Io
Acknowledgments
Creation
The Gods
The First Humans
The QuestfortheGolden
Argos
Heroes and Monsters
Herakles
Theseus Athens and Crete
Theban Saga Trojan War 11 Odysseus and his Odyssey
Dangerous Women
Aeneas andthe Destinyof Rome Foundation of Rome
Myths of Love and Death
Select Bibliography
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Dr Jennifer March has taught at Oxford and London universities, is author of the acclaimed Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology and Editor of the Classical Association's journal CA News.

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