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Classical Mythology

Classical Mythology - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0072818499

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2004
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Classical Mythology - 4TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072818499

Stephen Harris and Gloria Platzner

ISBN13: 978-0072818499
ISBN10: 0072818492
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

New to This Edition

  • The fourth edition offers fresh new translations of Hesiod's Theogony, and Works and Days by Stanley Lombardo, making the epic tradition more understandable and easily accessible to students.
  • Much of the book has been reorganized for greater coherence, combining material--such as the Prometheus-Trickster tradition--in a single chapter on human origins and creating a new chapter on the "Heroines of Myth."
  • Both heroes and heroines are placed in a more specific cultural context, including fuller discussions of the rituals and ceremonies associated with such figures as Heracles, Perseus, and the female devotees of Artemis (Diana).
  • Two complete plays of Euripides--the Bacchae (on Dionysian frenzy) and the Medea (on divorce and infanticide)--now appear in the same chapter, affording a new perspective on the tragedies of Euripides, the most controversial of all Athenian dramatists.
  • "The Olympian Family of Zeus" (Chapter 6) has been significantly expanded to provide a more comprehensive discussion of all the major Greek gods, with new artwork also added.
  • Virtually every chapter has been modified to make the presentation more student-friendly, beginning with Chapter 1, which includes new explanations of myth's social and political functions, illustrating these functions with works of art.
  • Hesiod's Theogony (Chapter 3) is now placed in the context of other ancient traditions of creation, with a new account of Egyptian creation myths added to those from Babylon and the Hebrew Bible.
  • The discussion of the Great Goddess, a figure worshiped in prehistoric Europe, has been updated to include recent archaeological and anthropological studies.
  • New archaeological findings at Delphi, famous site of Apollo's inspired Oracle, are added to explain the tradition of intoxicating vapors that the Oracle breathed in to induce her trance-like utterances (Chapter 7).
  • New material on female figures such as Ariadne, lover of Dionysus, have been added to Chapter 8, and on Persephone, wife of Hades and Queen of the Underworld, have been added to Chapter 9.

Features

  • The myths are presented in the general chronological order in which the literary works containing them were written, allowing readers to perceive the ways in which myths changed and developed over time, from the orally composed epics of Homer (the Iliad and the Odyssey) of the eighth century B.C., through the poetic hymns praising individual Olympian gods, such as Demeter, Apollo, Dionysus, and Hermes, to the much later Athenian plays dramatizing the myths of tragic heroes and heroines of the fifth century B. C., to the still-later evolution of myth in the environment of imperial Rome, and myth's further development in modern American and European literature and art.

Author Bio

Harris, Stephen : California State University--Sacramento


Platzner, Gloria : California State University--Sacramento

Table of Contents

Preface
PART I. THE NATURE AND FUNCTION OF MYTH

1. Introduction to Greek Myth
2. Ways of Interpreting Myth

PART II. EPIC MYTHS AND THE HEROIC QUEST

3. In the Beginning: Hesiod's Theogony
4. Alienation of the Human and Divine: Prometheus, Fire, and Pandora
5. The Great Goddess and the Goddesses: The Divine Woman in Greek Mythology
6. The Olympian Family of Zeus: Sharing Rule of the Universe
7. In Touch with the Gods: Apollo's Oracle at Delphi
8. Dionysus: Rooted in Earth and Ecstasy
9. The Land of No Return: The Gloomy Kingdom of Hades
10. Heroes of Myth: Man Divided Against Himself
11. Heroines of Myth: Women in Many Roles
12. Heroes at War: The Troy Saga
13. A Different Kind of Hero: The Quest of Odysseus

PART III. TRAGIC HEROES AND HEROINES

14. The Theater of Dionysus: Myth and the Tragic Vision
15. The House of Atreus: Aeschylus' Oresteia
16. The Tragic House of Laius: Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle
17. A Different Perspective on Tragedy: Euripides' Medea and the Bacchae

PART IV. THE WORLD OF ROMAN MYTH

18. The Roman Vision: Greek Myths and Roman Realities
19. Virgil's Roman Epic: The Aeneid
20. The Retelling of Greek Myths: Ovid's Metamorphosis

PART V. THE WESTERN WORLD'S TRANSFORMATION OF MYTH

21. The Persistence of Myth

Glossary
Selected Bibliography

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