By MARK P. O. MORFORD & ROBERT J . LENARDON
That includes the authors' wide, transparent, and devoted translations of unique assets, Classical Mythology, 7th version, retells the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and interesting sort. development at the best-selling culture of past variants, it contains a dynamic mix of poetic narratives and enlightening statement to make classical myths come alive for college kids. The dialogue covers comparative and interpretative methods in addition to facts from artwork and archaeology. The authors additionally research the iconic survival of classical mythology within the fields of paintings, literature, track, dance, and picture. Classical Mythology, 7th version, allows scholars to discover the attention-grabbing nature of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines and to understand the main major historical assets of classical legends and myths. The textual content is superbly better through one hundred eighty illustrations, in either colour and black and white. Classical Mythology, 7th version positive aspects: * extra huge translations of works via the traditional authors: choices via Greek authors contain all thirty-three Homeric Hymns; the real passages in Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days; and excerpts from Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Pindar, the Pre-Socratic philosophers, and the Lyric poets. Works through Latin authors together with Ovid, Vergil, Statius, Manilius, and Seneca also are supplied. * An multiplied artwork software: Sixty-six new illustrations--selected from either the traditional and the trendy world--appear through the textual content and are observed via significant and informative captions. 3 new maps also are integrated. * textual content boxes--incorporated for the 1st time--explore numerous new issues and spotlight interpretative techniques. * a specific bibliography is integrated for every bankruptcy. * extra explanatory fabric is built-in all through, together with a "Glossary of Mythological phrases and words in English." * better half web site: www.classicalmythology.org comprises chapter-by-chapter summaries, steered actions, maps, perform try out questions, and PowerPoint lecture slides. the web site has been revised to augment the multifaceted topics handled within the textual content and to supply hyperlinks to various precious assets
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