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Classical mythology : a very short introduction

Author: Helen Morales
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Very short introductions, 167.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: From 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Morales
ISBN: 9780192804761 0192804766
OCLC Number: 122282851
Description: 144 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
List of illustrations --
Introduction --
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: Sexual politics of myth --
7: Mythology, spirituality, and the New Age --
Conclusion --
Timeline --
References --
Further reading --
Index.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 167.
Responsibility: Helen Morales.
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From the Publisher: From 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.

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