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The Greek and Roman Myths : A Guide to the Classical Stories - Philip Matyszak

The Greek and Roman Myths

A Guide to the Classical Stories

Hardcover Published: 31st August 2010
ISBN: 9780500251737
Number Of Pages: 224

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Who was Pandora and what was in her famous box? How did Achilles get his Achilles heel? What exactly is a Titan? And why is one computer virus known as a Trojan horse?

The myths of ancient Greece and Rome can seem bewilderingly complex, yet they are so much a part of modern life and discourse that most of us know fragments of them. This comprehensive companion takes these fragments and weaves them into an accessible and enjoyable narrative, guiding the reader through the basic stories of classical myth.

Philip Matyszak explains the sequences of events and introduces the major plots and characters, from the origins of the world and the labours of Hercules to the Trojan War and the voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas. He brings to life an exotic cast of heroes and monsters, wronged women and frighteningly arbitrary yet powerful gods. He also shows how the stories have survived and greatly influenced later art and culture, from Renaissance painting and sculpture to modern opera, literature, movies, and everyday products.

'This new companion is at once a handy work of reference, an entertaining read and an attractive artefact, discreetly illustrated and tastefully laid out. A pleasure to consult' - Scotsman
'For a perfect introduction to the stories of the Classical world, look no further. ... Affordable, portable and accessible ... thoroughly modern and approachable ... Carefully researched, enjoyable, diverting and intriguing' - Reference Reviews

Introduction: What are Greek and Roman Myths? And Why is it Worth Studying them?p. 6
In the Beginning: From Chaos to Cosmos in Four Stepsp. 9
Pandora's Children: The Human Storyp. 25
The Great Gods: The First Generationp. 50
Olympus: The Next Generationp. 77
Lesser Gods, Magical Creatures and Heroic Ancestorsp. 109
Heroes and their Questsp. 126
The Golden Age of Mythologyp. 148
The Trojan Warp. 175
Going Homep. 200
Further Readingp. 221
Sources of Illustrationsp. 221
Indexp. 222
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ISBN: 9780500251737
ISBN-10: 0500251738
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31st August 2010
Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.1  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1