Myths of the Ancient Greeks

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Richard P. Martin
Penguin, Apr 1, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages
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From one of today’s foremost scholars, a lively retelling of the timeless tales…

Here are the myths that have influenced so much of our cultural heritage. Such age-old stories as the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice or Demeter’s loss of her daughter, Persephone, resonate strongly with readers even today. In this book the rousing adventures of the heroes Herakles, Theseus, and Perseus are intertwined with the tragedies of immortal Prometheus and mortal Oedipus, the amorous escapades of Zeus, the trickery of Hermes, and the ecstasy of Dionysus. In-depth introductions to each section deepen your understanding of the myths—and heighten your reading pleasure.

Presented in simple yet elegant prose, these tales emerge in brilliant new life. From the creation battle of the gods and Titans to Odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War, this indispensable volume contains fifty-six legendary stories—handed down from generations past—that will continue to captivate readers for generations to come.

 

 

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In this collection of 56 classic Greek myths, Martin (Greek & Latin literature, Stanford), an authority on the subject, retells such legendary stories as those of Herakles, Perseus, Prometheus, and ... Read full review

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27 TALES FROM THE VIRGINS CITY
28 THE SWORD UNDER THE STONE
29 THE CRETAN ADVENTURE
30 LIFE AFTER THE LABYRINTH
31 FINAL FALLS
32 THE GLORY OF HERA
33 THE HERO GROWS UP
34 THE LABORS OF HERAKLES

4 BATTLES OF THE GODS
5 THE FINAL STRUGGLES OF ZEUS
6 THE MARRIAGES OF ZEUS
7 THE BIRTH OF APOLLO AND ARTEMIS
8 PROMETHEUS AND THE HUMAN WORLD
9 PROMETHEUS PUNISHED
10 THE GREAT FLOOD
11 THE MUSES AND THEIR OFFSPRING
12 THE SONG OF ORPHEUS
13 THE MUSES VICTORIOUS
14 APOLLOS RIVAL
15 HERMES TRICKS APOLLO
16 PAN THE GOATGOD
17 THE LOVES OF APOLLO
ASKLEPIOS AND DIONYSUS
19 THE GOD OF ECSTASY
20 DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE
21 DANGEROUS HUNTRESS
22 HEPHAESTUS THE SMITH
23 APHRODITES LOVES
24 COSMIC COUPLES
25 ATHENS ARISES
26 CRIMES IN REGAL BLOOD
35 THE LAST YEARS OF HERAKLES
36 A WEDDING AND A FUNERAL
37 PERSEUS THE BOASTER
38 PERSEUS FINDS A WIFE
39 JASON AND THE VOYAGE EAST
40 A PRIZE AND A PRINCESS
41 JASON AND MEDEA
42 TWO FOUNDATIONS
43 FAMILY MISFORTUNES
OEDIPUS THE KING
45 FRATERNAL WAR
46 THE FINAL SACRIFICE
47 THE COSMIC STRUGGLE
48 JUDGMENT AND REWARD
49 ON PELOPS ISLAND
50 PRELUDE TO WAR
51 THE WRATH OF ACHILLES
52 THE END OF TROY
53 THE RETURNS OF THE HEROES
54 ODYSSEUS LAST HERO HOME
55 A RETURN TO ITHACA
56 END OF AN ERA
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