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This work provides an analysis of the influence of the classic myth on the study and execution of artistic and scientific endeavours throughout the ages. The book summarizes all the myths and legends of the lesser Gods and heroes, and traces their origins in historical fact or religious myth. It also shows how myths have continued to evolve throughout the ages.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Part I: The Heroes of Homer

1. The Wrath of Achilles

i. The Story Told in the Iliad

ii. Troy and Homer

iii. Achilles: Helen

iv. The Qualities of a Hero

v. The Hero and His Gods

2. Odysseus

i. The Story Told in the Odyssey

ii. Odysseus

iii. Ever-repeated Tales

iv. Beyond the World's End

Part II: Zeus, Apollo, Demeter

3. The Rise of Zeus

i. The Story Told in the Theogony

ii. Myths of Creation

iii. Zeus Was Not Always There

iv. The Destruction of the Rebels

4. Apollo and Demeter

i. The Story Told in the Hymn to Apollo

ii. The Brilliant God of Hellenism

iii. The Story Told in the Hymn to Demeter

iv. Mother Earth

v. Myth and Ritual

Part III: Agamemnon and Prometheus

5. The House of Agamemnon

i. The Story of the Oresteia Told by Aeschylus

ii. Tragic Drama Chooses Myth

iii. The God Who Exacts the Price

iv. To O'Neill, Eliot and Sartre

6. Prometheus

i. The Story of the Prometheus Bound Told by Aeschylus

ii. The Resistance Hero

Part IV: Oedipus and Antigone

7. Oedipus

i. The Story of the King Oedipus Told by Sophocles

ii. Why Is Oedipus Destroyed?

iii. The Oedipus Complex

iv. Oedipus at Colonus

8. Antigone

i. The Story of the Antigone Told by Sophocles

ii. Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong?

Part V: Heracles and Dionysus

9. Heracles Who Conquers Death

i. The Story of the Alcestis Told by Euripides

ii. A New Look at the Myths

iii. The Harrowing of Hell

10. Dionysus Who Gives Ecstasy

i. The Story of the Bacchae Told by Euripides

ii. The Irresistable Irrational

Part VI: Heroic Searchers

11. The Quest for the Golden Fleece

i. The Story of the Argonautica Told by Apollonius

ii. Alexandrians and Victorians

12. The Quest for a Lost Wife

i. The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice Told by Virgil

ii. The Holy Orphic Books

iii. The Poetic Expression of Myth

13. The Quest for a New Home

i. The Story of the Aeneid Told by Virgil

ii. Nationalism and Guilt

iii. The Two Gates of Sleep

14. The Quest for a Roman Past

i. The Story of Romulus Told by Livy

ii. Patriotic Foundation-myth

iii. The Stories of Tarquin and Horatius Told by Livy

iv. History in Legend

Part VII: The Thousand Faces of Love

15. Ovid

i. Changes of Shape

ii. Loves Sad and Heavy

iii. Loves Triumphant

iv. Pious Couples Rewarded

16. The Invisible Lover

i. The Story of Cupid and Psyche Told by Apuleius

ii. Fairy-Story

iii. Allegory?

17. He Died for Love

i. The Story of Hero and Leander Told by Musaeus

ii. Autumnal Tint

Maps

Some Additional Myths

Bibliography

Chapter Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452011625
Author:
Grant, Michael
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
Mythology, classical
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Religion Western-General and Comparative Religion
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
103-30
Publication Date:
19950931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.01x5.30x1.09 in. 1.01 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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