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Stories of the Greeks and Romans

Introduction to Classical Mythology
Donald Richardson
Pages/Illustr. xx+532
Paperbound
Status: In Stock

ISBN: 0-89241-549-5

The study of mythology properly begins with the myths themselves, with a retelling of them that engages the imagination of the reader so that he or she is drawn into the world of gods, heroes and legendary monsters. Dr. Richardson has set forth the stories of ancient Greece and Rome as coherently as possible in a prose that is graphic and contemporary but that retains some of the lyricism and drama of the ancient bards and poets. He presents the reader with a manageable number of gods and heroes, whose personalities and deeds spring so vividly to life that they soon seem like old acquaintances. The Stories of the Greeks and Romans is divided into seven sections: "Primal Times," "The Ways of the Gods to Men and Women," "Quest for the Golden Fleece," "Athens and Thebes," "The Indomitable Heracles," "The Trojan War," and "Aftermath." Each of the sections is followed by an appendix titled "Further Reflections: Sources and Shapers," providing a cultural and historical context for the myths, their influence in the later period and a springboard for further reading. Also in this section are discussions of the ancient literary texts and images and their transmutations over the centuries, until our period.The book is intended as a textbook for introductory mythology courses, and for courses in other disciplines requiring a working knowledge of mythological themes and characters. Dr. Richardson's engaging and accessible treatment of the material does, however, also make this book useful and enjoyable outside the classroom and it may be fruitfullly read by anyone interested in Greek and Roman myths.


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