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Myths of the Ancient Greeks

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From one of todays foremost scholars, a lively retelling of the timeless tales…

Here are the myths that have influenced so much of our cultural heritage. Such age-old stories as the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice or Demeters loss of her daughter, Persephone, resonate strongly with readers even today. In this book the rousing adventures of the heroes Herakles, Theseus, and Perseus are intertwined with the tragedies of immortal Prometheus and mortal Oedipus, the amorous escapades of Zeus, the trickery of Hermes, and the ecstasy of Dionysus. In-depth introductions to each section deepen your understanding of the myths—and heighten your reading pleasure.

Presented in simple yet elegant prose, these tales emerge in brilliant new life. From the creation battle of the gods and Titans to Odysseus return home from the Trojan War, this indispensable volume contains fifty-six legendary stories—handed down from generations past—that will continue to captivate readers for generations to come.

 

Synopsis:

The ancient stories of classical Greece come to life in an accessible and authoritative anthology that includes that chronicles the exploits of such heroes as Herakles and Perseus, the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice, Demeter's quest to find her lost daughter Persephone, and the machinations of

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-324) and index.

Synopsis:

Presented in simple, yet flowing prose, Richard P. Martin delivers an accessible interpretation of the Greek myths for today's readers. Relive the triumphs and tragedies of Herakles, Perseus, Prometheus, Hermes, Zeus, and many more mortals and gods in this must-have volume.

Includes two easy-to-read maps of Ancient Greece, and eighteen original illustrations.

Table of Contents

The Beginnings: Gods and Creatures

Offspring of Iapetos the Titan

Descendants of Atlas, Greek and Trojan

Warriors, Kings, and Heroines from Zeus

The Ancient Greek World

Mainland Greece

Introduction

Book 1. The Beginnings

1. The World Begins

2. Night and Sea

3. The Coming of Zeus

4. Battles of the Gods

5. The Final Struggles of Zeus

6. The Marriages of Zeus

7. The Birth of Apollo and Artemis

8. Prometheus and the Human World

9. Prometheus Punished

10. The Great Flood

Book 2. Singers, Players, and Rivals

11. The Muses and Their Offspring

12. The Song of Orpheus

13. The Muses Victorious

14. Apollo's Rival

15. Hermes Tricks Apollo

16. Pan the Goat-God

Book 3. Lovers Mortal and Divine

17. The Loves of Apollo

18. Fiery Births: Asklepios and Dionysus

19. The God of Ecstasy

20. Demeter and Persephone

21. Dangerous Huntress

22. Hephaestus the Smith

23. Aphrodite's Loves

24. Cosmic Couples

Book 4. The Tales of Athens

25. Athens Arises

26. Crimes in Regal Blood

27. Tales from the Virgin's City

Book 5. Theseus, Lord of Athens

28. The Sword Under the Stone

29. The Cretan Adventure

30. Life After the Labyrinth

31. Final Falls

Book 6. Herakles, Greatest of Heroes

32. The Glory of Hera

33. The Hero Grows Up

34. The Labors of Herakles

35. The Last Years of Herakles

36. A Wedding and a Funeral

Book 7. Once and Future Heroes

37. Perseus the Boaster

38. Perseus Finds a Wife

39. Jason and the Voyage East

40. A Prize and a Princess

41. Jason and Medea

Book 8. The Saga of Thebes

42. Two Foundations

43. Family Misfortunes

44. Savior and Destroyer: Oedipus the King

45. Fraternal War

46. The Final Sacrifice

Book 9. The War at Troy

47. The Cosmic Struggle

48. Judgment and Reward

49. On Pelops' Island

50. Prelude to War

51. The Wrath of Achilles

52. The End of Troy

53. The Returns of the Heroes

54. Odysseus, Last Hero Home

55. A Return to Ithaca

56. End of an Era

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451206855
Editor:
Martin, Richard P.
Publisher:
New American Library
Editor:
Martin, Richard P.
Author:
Martin, Richard P.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology, Greek
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
2001-10
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.94x5.36x.79 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The ancient stories of classical Greece come to life in an accessible and authoritative anthology that includes that chronicles the exploits of such heroes as Herakles and Perseus, the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice, Demeter's quest to find her lost daughter Persephone, and the machinations of
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-324) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Presented in simple, yet flowing prose, Richard P. Martin delivers an accessible interpretation of the Greek myths for today's readers. Relive the triumphs and tragedies of Herakles, Perseus, Prometheus, Hermes, Zeus, and many more mortals and gods in this must-have volume.

Includes two easy-to-read maps of Ancient Greece, and eighteen original illustrations.

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