Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, 6/e examines the literary tradition of Greek and Roman mythology through extensive translations of original mythological sources. This comprehensive and accessible introduction to classical mythology incorporates a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make classical myths come alive for students. The authors' insightful discussions of classical myths in their historical and cultural settings--as well as their survival in literature, art, music, and film--remain unparalleled.
The sixth edition of Classical Mythology features a host of pedagogical aids, including:
· The authors' helpful student study guide, A Companion to Classical Mythology
· A companion website: http://www.oup-usa.org/sc/0195143388 featuring chapter summaries, short quizzes, maps, additional original translations, links to Perseus and other mythology websites, practice tests, and more!
· Many new translations and a new appendix to Chapter 8 that includes most of Euripides' Hippolytus
· Expanded coverage of comparative and interpretative approaches as well as evidence from art and archaeology
· Copious illustrations--maps, genealogy charts, and reproductions of paintings and sculpture from 750 B.C. to the present--including 22 color plates
· Extended critical coverage
· Quick-Reference Glossary/Index to help students quickly identify names, places, and events
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Despite following a rather awkward and complicated referencing format, Morford and Lenardon have done an excellent job in producing this piece. It is particularly good for undergraduate students in gaining a broad but intellectual understanding of the myths. The interpretations given and the theories surrounding this discipline are very well explained. My only slight criticism however, would be that insufficient attention was paid to the influences of near eastern culture and on the Mycenaean period. Never the less though, this is, in the whole part, a very good source to help kick start a student's understanding and approach to mythological research.
I read the original version of this book for a course in mythology in the seventies. It and the course seemed to be designed largely around the need to process large undergraduate classes by getting students to memorize long lists of names to spew out at exam time, to keep the educational resources expended at a minimum. It was the apex of weary pedantry. Little context was presented that might fire the student's imagination or promote an understanding of why this is a valuable domain of study. The experience turned me off the area ( which I am sure really is inherently enriching and worthwhile) for life.
MYTHS OF CREATION
The Endymion Sarcophagus marble sarcophagus
THE CREATION OF MORTALS
ZEUS HERA AND THEIR CHILDREN
The Return of Hephaestus from an Attic blackfigure
ANTHROPOMORPHISM AND GREEK HUMANISM
The Underworld Apulian redfigure krater by the Underworld painter
MYSTERY RELIGIONS IN ROMAN TIMES
Orpheus Eurydice and Hermes Roman copy of a fifthcentury
Dionysus kylix by Exekias
The Death ofSarpedon Athenian redfigure krater by Euphronios 4 Christus Apollo thirdcentury vault mosaic 5 Lycurgus Cup early fourthcentury gla...
The Return of Odysseus by Pintoricchio 8 The Feast of the Gods by Giovanni Bellini 9 Venus and Adonis by Paolo Veronese 10 The Discovery of th...
The TheBan Saga
The Rape of Europa metope from Selinus
POSEIDON SEA DEITIES GROUP DIVINITIES AND MONSTERS
The Birth of Athena from an Athenian amphora
Mourning Athena relief from the Acropolis
APHRODITE AND EROS
Venus Discovering the Dead Adonis by a Neapolitan follower
Psyche Is Brought to Olympus by Mercury fresco
The Death of Actaeon from an Athenian krater by the Pan Painter
Apollo and Daphne attributed to Antonio del Pollaiuolo
Apollo from the temple of Zeus at Olympia
THE HOMERIC HYMN TO APOLLO
Mercury by Giovanni Bologna
DIONYSUS PAN ECHO AND NARCISSUS
Maenad from an Attic kylix by the Brygos Painter
DEMETER AND THE ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES
Detneter cultstatue from Cnidus
Hades and Persephone relief from Locri
THE REALM OF HADES
Oedipus Rex by Max Ernst
The Mycenaean Saga
The Death of Agamemnon Attic redfigure krater
Cephalus and Aurora by Nicolas Poussin 13 The Forge of Vulcan by Diego Velazquez 14 The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite by Nicolas Pouss...
Vertumnus and Pomona by Francois Boucher 17 Ariadne Asleep on the Island ofNaxos by John Vanderlyn 18 Pandora by Odilon Redon 19 Demete...
The Trojan Saga and the Iliad
The Judgment of Paris by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Hector and Achilles by Eunice Pinney
e The Returns and the ODyssey
Perseus and the Legends of Argos
Theseus and the Legends of Attica
Jason Medea and the Argonauts
Myths of Local Heroes and Heroines
The Survival of Classical Mythology in Literature and Art
Classical Mythology in Music and Film