The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141020778
  • 416 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

What were the twelve labours of Herakles? Why did Zeus turn himself into a shower of gold? What was the name of the guard-dog of the Underworld? Which two-faced Roman god gave his name to the month January? What is the answer to the riddle of the Sphinx? The myths of ancient Greece and Rome are the most dramatic and unforgettable tales of love, war, heroism and betrayal ever told. Whether it’s Ikaros flying too close to the sun, Prometheus stealing fire from the gods or the tragedy of Oedipus, their characters have inspired art, literature, plays and films, and constellations named after them fill the night sky. But how much do you really know about them? From the clash of the Titans to the fall of Troy, here are the greatest legends of all time, brilliantly retold by classical scholar Jenny March. All the heroes, monsters, villains, gods and goddesses of classical civilization are included; the epic journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas; the founding of Athens and Rome; the quests of Jason seeking the Golden Fleece and Theseus slaying the minotaur. Giving the origins, development and interpretation of each myth, this is the essential guide to the stories that have shaped our world.

Table of Contents

The Penguin Book of Classical MythsList of Plates
List of Illustrations
Maps
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Creation
2. The Gods
3. The First Humans
4. The Quest for the Golden Fleece
5. Io and Argos
6. Heroes and Monsters
7. Herakles
8. Theseus, Athens and Crete
9. The Theban Saga
10. The Trojan War
11. Odysseus and his Odyssey
12. The House of Pelops
13. Dangerous Women
14. Aeneas and the Destiny of Rome
15. The Foundation of Rome
16. Metamorphoses
17. Myths of Love and Death

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Index

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