Robert J. Lenardon's and Mark P.O. Morford's Classical Mythology, Eighth edition continues to build on the text's best-selling tradition by providing students with the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available within one volume. Its lucid and engaging writing style provides scholarly background information on the myths while also supplying interpretive material for discussion. The authors have included evidence from art and archeology to provide historical and cultural context for the myths, as well as examining the enduring influence of classical mythology in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film. The text contains a wide array of faithfully translated excerpts from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Ovid, Vergil, Statius, and Seneca. The pages are enhanced with over 150 illustrations, with a large color insert and a variety of maps. This new edition has been thoroughly revised with an eye to accessibility and updated to reflect recent scholarship. It features more comparative myth boxes, an enhanced art program including two eight-page color inserts, improved maps, and a more complete index.The authors have added a new chapter on Ovid (Chapter 25) and his treatment of classical mythology.
For the first time, line numbering has been included for easy reference. In addition, an Instructor's Manual and Testbank will be available for the first time, along with a student's Companion Website in 2007.
Table of Contents
PART I: THE MYTHS OF CREATION: THE GODS; 1. Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology; 2. Historical Background of Greek Mythology; 3. Myths of Creation; 4. Zeus' Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals; 5. The Twelve Olympians: Zrus, Hera, and Their Children; 6. The Nature of the Gods; 7. Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters; 8. Athena; 9. Aphrodite and Eros; 10. Artemis; 11. Apollo; 12. Hermes; 13. Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus; 14. Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries; 15. Views of the Afterlife: The Realm of Hades; 16. Orpheus and Orphism: Mystery Religions in Roman Times; PART II: THE GREEK SAGAS; 17. The Theban Saga; 18. The Mycenaean Saga; 19. The Trojan Saga and the Iliad; 20. The Returns and the Odyssey; 21. Perseus and the Legends of Argos; 22. Heracles; 23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica; 24. Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts; 25. Greek and Roman Legends in Ovid's Poetry; PART III: THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY; 26. Roman Mythology and Saga; PART IV: THE SURVIVAL OF CLASSIC MYTHOLOGY; 27. Classical Mythology in Literature and Art; 28. Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film