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Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths

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The mythology of ancient Greece has fascinated readers for two millennia and has formed the basis of Western civilization. The Greek gods are a perennial source of delight because they seem so much like us: in their rages, their love affairs, and their obsession with honor, the gods often appear all too human. In Greek Gods, Human Lives, preeminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. Lefkowitz demonstrates that these stories, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. The Greek myths--as told by Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and many others--offer crucial lessons about human experience. Greek mythology makes vivid the fact that the gods control every aspect of the lives of mortals, but not in ways that modern audiences have properly understood. We can learn much from these myths, Lefkowitz shows, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience--about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge. These myths spoke to ancient audiences and helped them to comprehend their world. With Mary Lefkowitz as an interpreter, these myths speak to us as well.

Synopsis:

Classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. She shows that we can learn much from these myths, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience - about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-268) and index.

Synopsis:

Preeminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece, and demonstrates that these stories, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. She shows that we can learn much from these myths, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience--about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge.

About the Author

Mary Lefkowitz is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Department of Classical Studies, Wellesley College. Among her books is Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Origins — Chapter 2: Gods among mortals — Chapter 3: The Gods in the Iliad — Chapter 4: The Gods in the Odyssey — Chapter 5: The Gods in Drama 1: Apollo and Orestes — Chapter 6: The Gods in Drama II: Apollo, Athena, and others — Chapter 7: The Gods in Hellenistic poetry — Chapter 8: The Gods in the Aeneid — Chapter 9: Changes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300101454
Subtitle:
What We Can Learn from Myths
Author:
Lefkowitz, Mary
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology, Greek
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
2300-13
Publication Date:
20031011
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
53 b/w illus. + 2 maps
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
10 x 6.5 in 1.57 lb

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Product details 304 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300101454 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. She shows that we can learn much from these myths, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience - about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-268) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Preeminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece, and demonstrates that these stories, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. She shows that we can learn much from these myths, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience--about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge.
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