Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans by William HansenClassical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans by William Hansen

Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans

byWilliam Hansen

Paperback | November 30, 2005

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The birth of Aphrodite, the Trojan Horse, Zeus disguised as a swan. These and other classical myths and legends are usually encountered separately, but together they make up a coherent, multigenerational saga of epic battles, bizarre metamorphoses, immortal heroes, and all-too-human gods--afantastic world recognizably real to its audience. Classical Mythology offers newcomers and long-time enthusiasts new ways to navigate the world of Greek and Roman myths, beginning by exploring the landscapes where the myths are set. It then provides a richly detailed timeline of mythic episodesfrom the origin of the cosmos to the end of the Heroic Age--plus an illustrated mythological dictionary listing significant characters, places, events, objects, and concepts. Whether you wish to explore the world that gave rise to ancient mythology or research a specific piece of the whole, this handbook is the best introduction available to an extraordinary cast of characters (gods, nymphs, satyrs, monsters, heroes) and the natural and supernatural stages upon whichtheir fates are played out. Features DT A detailed timeline serves as a convenient "episode guide" chronicling events described in classical mythology DT A comprehensive A-Z section offers a quick way to identify the gods, mortals, events, and objects that are key to specific myths and legends

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William Hansen is professor of Classical Studies and Folklore as well as co-director in Mythology Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Title:Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and RomansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 1.18 inPublished:November 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195300351

ISBN - 13:9780195300352

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"This book is most distinctive in combining its author's enviably dual expertise in folklore and classics. Other works on classical mythology may invoke folkloristic concepts, but Hansen's actually employs them, and with consummate deftness. A superb example of an often neglected approach toclassical mythology."--Robert A. Segal, University of Lancaster, author of Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)