Travelling Heroes: In the Epic Age of Homer

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Vintage Books, 2010 - History - 465 pages
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The myths of the ancient Greeks have inspired us for thousands of years. Where did the famous stories of the battles of their gods develop and spread across the world? The celebrated classicist Robin Lane Fox draws on a lifetime's knowledge of the ancient world, and on his own travels, answering this question by pursuing it through the age of Homer. His acclaimed history explores how the intrepid seafarers of eighth-century Greece sailed around the Mediterranean, encountering strange new sights—volcanic mountains, vaporous springs, huge prehistoric bones—and weaving them into the myths of gods, monsters and heroes that would become the cornerstone of Western civilization.
  

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Review: Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer

User Review  - Oblomov - Goodreads

Interesting book on the period known as the Greek dark ages between the fall of the Mycenaean palace period and the Classic age of Greece. Lane fox's central theme is that the Greek myths as told by ... Read full review

Review: Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

Based on the description on the back of the book, I expected this to be a look at the historical basis for the Homeric myths. Instead, it's a look at the archeological and textual evidence for the ... Read full review

Contents

Heras Flight
3
From China to Cadiz
13
Travelling Heroes
29
PART Two East and West
41
Home and Away
43
Travelling Settlers
69
Up to Unqi
84
Potamoi Karon
97
A Travelling Prophet
206
Travelling Lovers
227
A Travelling Mountain
242
The Great Castrator
259
Travelling Monsters
280
Basecamp to Battlefield
302
Homeric Horizons
317
The View from Ascra
330

Beyond Ithaca
114
Monkey Islands
130
Back on Euboea
152
PART THREE Travelling Myths
163
Finding Neverland
165
Lost in Translation
186
Just So Stories
350
The Dating of Homer
360
Bibliography 417
427
Index
455
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About the author (2010)

Robin Lane Fox is a Fellow and Garden Master of New College, Oxford, and a University Reader in Ancient History. His books include Alexander the Great, Pagans and Christians, The Unauthorized Version, and The Classical World. Since 1970 he has also been gardening correspondent for the Financial Times.

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