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The Complete World of Greek Mythology : Complete Series - R.G.A. Buxton

The Complete World of Greek Mythology

Complete Series

Hardcover Published: 17th May 2004
ISBN: 9780500251218
Number Of Pages: 256

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Greek myths are among the most complex and influential stories ever told. From the first millennium BC until today, the myths have been repeated in an inexhaustible series of variations and reinterpretations. They can be found in the latest movies 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. "Contexts, Sources, Meanings" describes the main literary and artistic sources for Greek myths, and their contexts, such as ritual and theater. "Myths of Origin" includes stories about the beginning of the cosmos, the origins of the gods, the first humans, and the founding of communities. "The Olympians: Power, Honor, Sexuality" examines the activities of all the main divinities. "Heroic exploits" concentrates on the adventures of Perseus, Jason, Herakles, and other heroes. "Family sagas" explores the dramas and catastrophes that befall heroes and heroines. "A Landscape of Myths" sets the stories within the context of the mountains, caves, seas, and rivers of Greece, Crete, Troy, and the Underworld. "Greek Myths after the Greeks" describes the rich tradition of retelling, from the Romans, through the Renaissance, to the twenty-first century.

Complemented by lavish illustrations, genealogical tables, box features, and specially commissioned drawings, this will be an essential book for anyone interested in these classic tales and in the world of the ancient Greeks.

'A superb introduction' - The Scotsman

Introduction : myths in contextp. 6
Chronology of Greek myth-tellingp. 8
Contexts, sources, meanings
General characteristics of Greek mythsp. 16
Sources of evidencep. 22
Contexts for myth-tellingp. 28
Myths of origin
Cosmogonyp. 44
Origins of humanityp. 54
Local originsp. 60
Bringers of culturep. 62
Coloniesp. 64
The olympians : power, honour, sexuality
Powers and spheres of influencep. 68
Honour and boundariesp. 88
Divine sexualityp. 94
Heroic exploits
Perseusp. 104
Meleager, Atalanta and the Kalydonian Boarp. 106
Jason, the Argonauts and Medeap. 108
Heraklesp. 114
Theseus and the heroic Athenian pastp. 124
The Trojan warp. 130
Family sagas
A house of Pelopsp. 148
Tereus, Prokne and Philomelap. 154
Antiope and her sonsp. 156
Danaos and his kinp. 158
Proitos, Sthenebora and Bellerophonp. 160
The house of Laiosp. 162
Strong bonds : love between spousesp. 170
Same-sex eroticismp. 174
A landscape of myths
Mountainsp. 180
Cavesp. 184
Rivers and springsp. 188
The seap. 192
Cretep. 194
Troyp. 200
The underworldp. 206
Greek myths after the Greeks
How Rome re-imagined Greecep. 216
The middle agesp. 226
From the renaissance to the 20th centuryp. 230
Present and futurep. 244
Further readingp. 246
Sources of quotationsp. 250
Illustration creditsp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 252
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780500251218
ISBN-10: 0500251215
Series: Complete Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th May 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.3 x 20.1  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.18
Edition Number: 1