Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 15, 2007

byHelen Morales

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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins,and our desires?This imaginative and stimulating iVery Short Introduction/i goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popularculture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism.

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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins,and our desires?This imaginative and stimulati...

Helen Morales is University Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She researches and teaches in Greek and Latin literature and culture, with special interests in classical mythology, the ancient novel, feminist approaches to literature, and the relationship between images and texts. She is the au...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. Without bulls there would be no Europe2. Contexts, then and now3. Gods and heroes4. Metamorphoses of mythology5. On the analyst's couch6. The sexual politics of myth7. Mythology, spirituality, and the New AgeConclusionReferences and further readingTimeline