Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction
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BeschreibungFrom Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical mythology. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from Arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism.
1. Without bulls there would be no Europe ;
2. Contexts, then and now ;
3. Gods and heroes ;
4. Metamorphoses of mythology ;
5. On the analyst's couch ;
6. The sexual politics of myth ;
7. Mythology, spirituality, and the New Age ; Conclusion ; References and further reading ; Timeline
PortraitHelen Morales is University Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She researches and teaches in Greek and Latin literature and culture, with special interests in classical mythology, the ancient novel, feminist approaches to literature, and the relationship between images and texts. She is the author of Vision and Narrative in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon' (Cambridge, 2004) and co-editor ofIntratextuality: Greek and Roman Textual Relations (Oxford, 2000).
Untertitel: 'Very Short Introductions'. 24 halftones, 1 map. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2007
Seitenanzahl: 168 Seiten