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  - 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

Review: The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

User Review  - April - Goodreads

CONTAINS BRIEF NUDITY. (Have I got your attention yet?) Ever since reading the tragic tale of Echo and Narcissus, absorbing the triumphs of Hercules and spending a glorious sum of hours composing ... Read full review

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Contents

LIST OF PLATES
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
MAPS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
1CREATION
2THE GODS
3THE FIRST HUMANS
9THE THEBAN SAGA
IOTHE TROJAN WAR
11 ODYSSEUS AND HIS ODYSSEY
12THE HOUSE OF PELOPS
13DANGEROUS WOMEN
14 AENEAS AND THE DESTINY OF ROME
15 THE FOUNDATION OF ROME
6METAMORPHOSES

4THE QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN FLEECE
5IO AND ARGOS
6HEROES AND MONSTERS
7 HERAKLES
8THESEUS ATHENS AND CRETE
17MYTHS OF LOVE AND DEATH
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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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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