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For courses in Classical Mythology in Classics, English, or other departments.
Comprehensive and scholarly, this well-designed and class-tested text presents Greek and Roman myths in a lively and easy-to-read manner. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations (ancient and modern) of classical myths and legends, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told. It also provides a cultural context so that students can see how mythology has influenced the world and how it continues to influence society today.
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Barry B. Powell , after graduation from Berkeley and Harvard, taught at Northern Arizona University, then took a job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 34 years. He is a master of many languages, both ancient and modern, and for many years taught Egyptian philology and culture at Wisconsin, in addition to courses in Classics. His book Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet, which advanced the thesis that one man invented the Greek alphabet in order to record the poet Homer, has become a classic and changed the way we think about the origins of Western Culture. He has written many other books, including two novels and a book of poetry. His book Classical Myth, is the best-selling book on the topic, and is now in its eighth edition. His book Homer is the best-selling study of this author. The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (second edition, with Ian Morris) is widely used in college classrooms. He is currently preparing a translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he and his wife Patricia enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren.
Definitions and Background
1. The Nature of Myth
2. The Cultural Context of Classical Myth
3. The Development of Classical Myth
4. Myths of Creation I: The Rise of Zeus
5. Myths of Creation II: The Origins of Mortals
6. Myths of Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brothers Poseidon and Hades
7. Myths of the Great God Apollo
8. Myths of Hermes, Pan, Hephaestus, and Ares
9. Myths of the Female Deities Aphrodite, Artemis, and Athena
10. Myths of Fertility I: Demeter and Related Myths
11. Myths of Fertility II: Dionysus
12. Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld
13. Introduction to Heroic Myth: The Mesopotamian Legend of Gilgamesh
14. Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain
16. Theseus and the Myths of Athens
17. The Myths of Crete
18. Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes
19. Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon
20. The Trojan War
21. The Fall of Troy and Its Aftermath
22. The Return of Odysseus
23. Legends of Aeneas
24. Legends of Early Rome
25. Theories of Myth Interpretation
Chronology of the Ancient World
The Greek and Roman Pantheon
Index and Pronunciation Glossary