Classical Mythology (7th edition) by Robert J. Lenardon, Mark P. O. Morford

By Robert J. Lenardon, Mark P. O. Morford

That includes the authors' vast, transparent, and devoted translations of unique resources, Classical Mythology, 7th version, retells the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and fascinating kind. development at the best-selling culture of past variants, it includes a dynamic blend of poetic narratives and enlightening observation to make classical myths come alive for college kids. The dialogue covers comparative and interpretative techniques in addition to facts from paintings and archaeology. The authors additionally research the long-lasting survival of classical mythology within the fields of artwork, literature, track, dance, and picture. Classical Mythology, 7th variation, allows scholars to discover the attention-grabbing nature of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines and to understand the main major old assets of classical legends and myths. The textual content is fantastically better through over one hundred fifty illustrations, either in colour and black and white. Classical Mythology, 7th variation gains: * extra wide translations of works through the traditional authors: decisions by way of Greek authors contain all thirty-three Homeric Hymns; the $64000 passages in Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days; and excerpts from Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Pindar, the Pre-Socratic philosophers, and the Lyric poets. Works via Latin authors together with Ovid, Vergil, Statius, Manilius, and Seneca also are supplied. * An multiplied paintings software: Sixty-six new illustrations--selected from either the traditional and the fashionable world--appear through the textual content and are followed by way of monstrous and informative captions. 3 new maps also are incorporated. * textual content boxes--incorporated for the 1st time--explore a number of new themes and spotlight interpretative techniques. * a particular bibliography is incorporated for every bankruptcy. * extra explanatory fabric is built-in all through, together with a "Glossary of Mythological phrases and words in English.The web site has been revised to augment the multifaceted matters taken care of within the textual content and to supply hyperlinks to varied beneficial assets.

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True, feminists today have a strong case against the inequalities and injustices inflicted upon women by men. But there are valid cases to be made against all wrongs of all societies in the past. We should not excuse them but try to understand and learn. The Homeric poems embrace many, many timeless moral issues, among them man's inhumanity to man. Their artistic, moving, and meaningful documentation is a possession and an education forever. Homer sets the stage for the basic qualities of the literature to follow.

It is clear that Freud's connection between dreams and myths is illuminating for many myths, if not for all. In addition to the story of Oedipus one might single out, for example, the legend of the Minotaur or the saga of the House of I N T E R P R E T A T I O N AND D E F I N I T I O N OF C L A S S I C A L MYTHOLOGY Atreus, both of which deal with some of the most persistent, if repressed, human fears and emotions and, by their telling, achieve a kind of catharsis. Carl Jung. Jung went beyond the mere connection of myths and dreams to interpret myths as the projection of what he called the "collective unconscious" of the race, that is, a revelation of the continuing psychic tendencies of society.

In view of this phenomenal fact, the versions of Oedipus by Seneca, Corneille, von Hoffmansthal, and Cocteau have equal validity as personal expressions of the authors' own vision of Sophocles and the myth, for their own time and their own culture. The same may be said of the depiction of a myth on a Greek vase and a painting by Picasso, or a frieze of ancient dancers and a reinterpretation by Isadora Duncan, and the music (no longer to be heard) for a fifth-century performance of Electra and the opera by Strauss, and so on.

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