Mythology Barry B. Powell Classical Myth

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Classical Myth

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Featuring fresh new translations, this second edition of Classical Myth differs from other texts by putting the divine myths and principal legends of the Greeks and Romans in the contexts - anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic - from which they emerged, including their debt to the ancient Near East. Barry B. Powell presents the classical myths as told by authors from Homer to Vergil, then analyzes and interprets them. Interspersed are short essays on the later history of the myths and their importance to writers, artists, film-makers, and philosophers down to our own times. The many photographs of ancient works of art show how the myths were visualized. The book concludes with a history of later theories about classical myth, demonstrating their continued importance for us today.

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This best-selling text presents the myths and legends of the ancient Greeks and Romans in the contexts — political, social, religious, and economic — from which they first emerged. It features modern translations from the works of Homer, Hesiod, Sophocles, Euripides, Vergil, Ovid, and other ancient writers, together with analyses and interpretations of the myths preserved in these works. Information on ancient Near Eastern parallels and sources is also provided. Numerous illustrations allow readers to see how the Greek and Roman artists visualized mythic figures and events. Short sidebar essays throughout the book show how specific classical myths were appropriated and transformed by later writers, artists, filmmakers, and philosophers. The third edition includes a new chapter on the mythic hero, a revised and expanded chapter on the cultural context of Greek myth, and a new presentation of the Olympian deities.

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