A Very Short Introduction:Classical Mythology - Helen Morales

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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?

  • Classical myths are a subject of enduring fascination, widely evoked and re-told in both high art and popular culture.
  • A lively and wide-ranging exploration, placing the emphasis on understanding the myths rather than simply retelling them.
  • Examines topics ranging from classical literature to contemporary art, Hollywood film, politics, psychoanalysis, and the Bible.
  • Asks why sex is such a preoccupation in classical myths, looking at examples from 'Xena, warrior princess', to Mozart's 'Apollo and Hyacinthus'.
  • Examines how classical myths have been used throughout history and around the world, to debate and dramatize questions of conflict, politics, sexuality, and our sense of our own origins.
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Pages 168
Publication Date 2007
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780192804761
Binding Paperback
Author Helen Morales
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