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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A great interpretation of the stories I used to read all the time. I want to say the story of Demeter & Persephone is my personal favorite, however, The Trojan War is an epic style crossover type story. Read full review

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A good entry point for anyone who, like me, is a newby to Greek and Roman mythology. Some fantastical, inspiring, and tragic stories. I'm looking forward to reading more. Read full review


The Gods
The First Humans
The QuestfortheGolden
Heroes and Monsters
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
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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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