Classical Myth

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Pearson Longman, Oct 1, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 694 pages
5 Reviews

Comprehensive and scholarly, this well-designed text presents Greek and Roman myths in a lively and easy-to-read manner. The material has been rearranged to make it easier to find and the new edition has been streamlined.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 readers can see how mythology has influenced the world and how it continues to influence society today.

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

I used this book for a class, and while it gave all the information, I needed I didn't find it all that compelling to read. The author seems to know abundant information on both Greek civilization and the myths but it may be hard to read straight through. Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine Woodman - Goodreads

I think that it is very hard to strike the right balance with a book that is summarizing the classic myths of Greece--this book has some great excerpts from the original sources (which were written ... Read full review

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Contents

The Nature of Myth
1
PART III
8
The Cultural Context of Classical Myth
17
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About the author (2008)

Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previous publications include "Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet "(1991), "A Short Introduction to Classical Myth" (2001), "Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature" (2002), "Classical Myth" (fourth edition, 2004), and "The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society" (with Ian Morris, 2005).

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