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The author of the book: Richard Buxton
Edition: Thames & Hudson
Date of issue: 2012
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Greek myths are among the richest and most influential tales ever told. From the first millennium BC until today, the myths have been repeated in an inexhaustible series of variations and reinterpretations. Nor does their attraction show any sign of diminishing: they can be found in the latest films and television shows and in software for interactive computer games.
This book combines a retelling of Greek myths with a comprehensive account of the world in which they developed - their themes, their relevance to Greek religion and society, and their relationship to the landscape. Throughout the author draws upon the latest research into ancient Greek story-telling, presenting the material in an attractive, accessible and authoritative style.
'Contexts, Sources, Meanings' examines the question 'what is a myth?', explores literary and artistic sources, and studies contexts such as ritual and theater.
'Myths of Origin' traces the mythological origins of the cosmos, the first gods, the first humans, and the first communities.
'The Olympians: Power, Honor, Sexuality' sets out the powers and activities of all the main divinities, and their connection with ideas of divine honor and divine sex.
'Heroic exploits' tells the tales of the heroes: of Perseus, Jason, Theseus and Herakles, and revisits the Trojan War.
'Family sagas' recounts the dramas and catastrophes that befall heroes and heroines, including the doomed families of Atreus and Oedipus.
'A Landscape of Myths' explores the mountains, caves, seas and rivers of Greece, as well as the landscapes of Crete, Troy and the Underworld.
'Greek Myths after the Greeks' mines the rich tradition of retelling from the Romans, through the impact of Christianity and the Renaissance, to the 21st century.
With its lavish illustrations, detailed genealogical tables of gods and heroes, box features and specially commissioned maps, this is the one essential resource on these classic stories that lie at the heart of western civilization.
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