Classical Mythology: Images and Insights
Publication Date: April 11, 2011
ISBN 13: 9780073407524
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Chapter 1: Introduction to Greek Myth includes more attention to the importance of the feminine divine principle and the role of female priests.
Chapter 6: The Olympian Family of Zeus: Sharing Rule of the Universe includes an expanded discussion of Hera to emphasize the Queen of Heaven's prehistoric importance as a goddess who was once worshiped independently of the Olympian patriarchy.
In Chapter 7: In Touch with the Gods: Apollo's Oracle at Delphi, the presentation of Apollo has been significantly revised to show both his connection to earlier goddess figures and his evolution as a god of prophecy and as the enlightened initiator of young men into civic responsibility.
Chapter 14: Myth and the Tragic Vision in the Theatre of Dionysus: Euripides' Bacchae now includes the complete version of Bacchae to position the only extant tragedy to feature the wine god in a leading role clearly in the context of Dionysian ritual and Athenian drama.
Chapter 18: The Roman Vision: Greek Myths and Roman Realities includes an expanded discussion of Roman rituals, religion, and heroes.
Chapter 21: The Persistence of Myth has been updated to give readers more accessible descriptions of recent European and American works and brings the uses of myth up to the most recent (2010).
Presents myths in the general chronological order in which the literary works containing them were written, allowing readers to perceive the ways in which myths changed and developed over time, from the orally composed epics of Homer in the eighth century B.C., through the poetic hymns praising individual Olympian gods, such as Demeter, Apollo, Dionysus, and Hermes, to the much later Athenian plays dramatizing the myths of tragic heroes and heroines of the fifth century B. C., to the still-later evolution of myth in the environment of imperial Rome, and myth's further development in modern American and European literature and art.
Facilitates Student Learning with chapter-opening “Key Topics/Themes” section, marking all major names and concepts in boldface, a pronunciation guide, “Questions for Discussion and Review” at the end of each chapter, and numerous boxes and sidebars throughout to give additional helpful information on a particular god, heroine, or important mythic theme.
Invites readers to learn the myths via the same approach as people did in antiquity, by studying through superb works of art and literature. The book includes complete Greek plays and extended excerpts from the narratives of Homer, Hesiod, the “Homeric Hymns,” Virgil, and Ovid.
Includes over 200 works of art and a collection of lavish color plates that enhance the narrative and bring the texts to life.
Prefaces each literary work with a thoughtful essay explaining the significance of individual myths, as well as the many different ways that particular writers reinterpreted the myths, emphasizing their evolutionary dynamism. This combination of original material and lucid analysis effectively equips students to grasp a myth’s multivalent purposes and meanings.