Classical Myth Plus MySearchLab

Classical Myth Plus MySearchLab

by Barry B. Powell




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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205194148
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barry B. Powell , after graduation from Berkeley and Harvard, taught at Northern Arizona University, then took a job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 34 years. He is a master of many languages, both ancient and modern, and for many years taught Egyptian philology and culture at Wisconsin, in addition to courses in Classics. His book Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet, which advanced the thesis that one man invented the Greek alphabet in order to record the poet Homer, has become a classic and changed the way we think about the origins of Western Culture. He has written many other books, including two novels and a book of poetry. His book Classical Myth, is the best-selling book on the topic, and is now in its seventh edition. His book Homer is the best-selling study of this author. The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (second edition, with Ian Morris) is widely used in college classrooms. He is currently preparing a translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he and his wife Patricia enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren.

Table of Contents



PART I Definitions and Background

1. The Nature of Myth

2. The Cultural Context of Classical Myth

3. The Development of Classical Myth

PART II Divine Myth

4. Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus

5. Myths of Creation: The Origins of Mortals

6. Myths of Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brother Poseidon

7. Myths of the Great God Apollo

8. Myths of Hermes, Pan, Hephaestus, Ares

9. Myths of the Female Deities

10. Myths of Fertility: Demeter and Related Myths

11. Myths of Fertility: Dionysus

12. Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld

PART III Legends

13. Gilgamesh: Introduction to Heroic Myth

14. Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain

15. Heracles

16 Theseus and the Myths of Athens

17. The Myths of Crete

18. Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes

19. Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon

20. The Trojan War

21. The Fall of Troy and Its Aftermath

22. The Return of Odysseus

PART IV Roman Myth

23. Legends of Aeneas

24. Legends of Early Rome

PART V Interpretation

25. Theories of Myth Interpretation

Reference Charts

Chronology of the Ancient World

The Greek and Roman Pantheon



1.1 The "Myth of Atlantis"

1.2 The Brothers Grimm

2 Frank Miller's 300

4.1 Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Children

4.2 The Biblical Creation Story

5.1 Kratos: God of War

5.2 Prometheus and the Romantics

6.1 The Three Graces

6.2 The Loves of Zeus in European Art (color insert)

7 Bernini’s Apollo and Daphnê

8 Pan and Pastoral Tradition

9 Venus: Images of Beauty in European Art (color insert)

10.1 Rossetti’s Proserpina Holding the Pomegranate

10.2 H. D.’s “Adonis”

11.1 Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadnê

11.2 Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy

12.1 Vampires

12.2 Michelangelo’s The Sibyl of Cumae

12.3 Dante’s Inferno

13 J. R. R. Tolkien’s Modern Hero in The Lord of the Rings

14.1 Vasari’s Perseus and Andromeda

14.2 Classical Myth and the Stars

15 Daumier’s Hercules in the Augean Stables

16 Boccaccio’s Misfortunes of Famous Men

17.1 Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson

17.2 Picasso’s Minotauromachia

17.3 Brueghel’s The Fall of Icarus

18 Gustave Moreau’s Oedipus and the Sphinx

19.1 Seneca’s Medea

19.2 Delacroix’s Médée

20.1 Yeats’s “Leda and the Swan”

20.2 The Beauty of Helen

21.1 The Trojan War in European Art (color insert)

21.2 Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida

22.1 Ulysses

22.2 The Legends of Odysseus in European Art (color insert)

22.3 Cavafy’s “Ithaca”

23 Aeneas, Augustus, and Mussolini

24.1 David’s Oath of the Horatii

24.2 The Lucretia of Rembrandt and Shakespeare

25 Apuleius’ Allegory of Cupid and Psychê


I. The Ancient Mediterranean (inside front cover)

II. Southern and Central Greece, chapter 2

III. The Ancient Near East, chapter 3

IV. The Argive Plain, chapter 14

V. Heracles' Adventures in Greece, chapter 15

VI. Locations of Heracles' Deeds Abroad, chapter 15

VII. The Labors of Theseus, chapter 16

VIII. The Voyage of the Argo, chapter 19

IX. The Troad, chapter 20

X. Ancient Italy, chapter 23

XI. The Travels of Aeneas, chapter 23

XII. Imperial Rome, chapter 24

XIII. Greece, the Aegean, and Western Asia Minor (inside back cover)


CHART 3 Near Eastern Gods and Goddesses

CHART 4.1 The First Generation of Gods

CHART 4.2 The Offspring of Gaea and Uranus

CHART 4.3 The Offspring of Gaea and Pontus

CHART 4.4 Hittite and Greek Theogonies Compared

CHART 5 The Descent of the Greek Tribes from the Race of Titans

CHART 6.1 The Twelve Olympians

CHART 6.2 Zeus’s Divine Consorts and Their Children

CHART 14 The Descent of Perseus

CHART 15.1 The Descent of Heracles

CHART 15.2 Heracles' Wives and Offspring

CHART 16.1 Cecrops and His Descendants

CHART 16.2 The House of Erichthonius

CHART 17 The House of Crete

CHART 18 The House of Cadmus

CHART 19.1 The House of Aeolus

CHART 19.2 The House of Calydon

CHART 20.1 The House of Atreus

CHART 20.2 The House of Tyndareüs

CHART 20.3 The House of Troy

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