Classical Mythology

The Basics

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Richard Martin
  • New York, NY: 
    Routledge
    , May
     2016.
     184 pages.
     $24.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780415715034.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Robert A. Segal forthcoming.

Description

This is an engaging introduction which explores the latest thinking about Classical mythology, the history of interpreting myths and the role of myths in cultural tradition, from painting to opera, philosophy, politics, drama, and religion in the modern day. It answers such questions as

  • what are ancient myths and who invented them
  • where do gods come from
  • what makes a hero
  • how is Classical myth used in the modern world
  • and what approaches are there to the study of myth?

Featuring further reading and case studies from antiquity to the modern day, this is an essential introduction to the myths which have been a fundamental part of Western culture throughout history.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Richard Martin is professor in classics at Stanford University and has twenty-five years' experience in teaching an introduction to Classical Mythology to undergraduate students. He is widely published on Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Aristophanes,Theognis, and other ancient authors and genres in which mythic narration figures prominently.

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