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The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology

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Roger D. Woodard, Gregory Nagy, Richard Buxton, Angus Bowie, Diskin Clay, Carolyn Higbie, Claude Calame, Jenifer Neils, Ada Cohen, Jonathan M. Hall, A. J. Boyle, Vanda Zajko, H. David Brumble, Sarah Anne Brown, Martin M. Winkler
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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521845205

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  • A unique resource, 'The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology' is essential reading for understanding not only Greek myth, but also its enormous impact on art, architecture, literature, politics and philosophy across the ages. More than a compendium of isolated facts, 'The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology' is thoughtfully composed by a team of international experts who highlight important themes in three sections. The first part examines oral and written Greek mythology and the uses of these myths from the epic poetry of the eighth century BC to the mythographic catalogs of the early centuries AD. The second section looks at the relationship between ancient Greek myth and Greek culture and investigates the Roman appropriation of the Greek mythic tradition. Section three follows the reception of Greek myth from the Middle Ages to modernity, taking in such factors as feminist scholarship, cinema and literature. Important for its reach and breadth, its integrated approach and its up-to-date treatment, 'The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology' is fundamental for anyone seeking a broader understanding of the myths and their influence on western tradition.

    • Up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of Greek mythic tradition authored by an international ensemble of distinguished scholars
    • Examines myth and its uses in both classical antiquity and in later western literary and cinematic traditions
    • Will be of interest and accessible to college students, professional academics, and lay readers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In a single book, the central questions of 3000 years of myth tradition are discussed or at least touched. It enables the reader to get a thoughtful overview of a very complex field, and that is exactly what a companion should do... everyone interested in Greek myth will estimate this companion as a useful and inspiring departing point for getting deeper into the subject." -Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521845205
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.834kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Muthoi in continuity and variation Roger D. Woodard
    Part I. Sources and Interpretations:
    1. Lyric and Greek myth Gregory Nagy
    2. Homer and Greek myth Gregory Nagy
    3. Hesiod and Greek myth Roger D. Woodard
    4. Tragedy and Greek myth Richard Buxton
    5. Aristophanes and Greek myth Angus Bowie
    6. Plato and Greek myth Diskin Clay
    7. Hellenistic mythographers Carolyn Higbie
    Part II. Response, Integration, Representation:
    8. Greek myth and Greek religion Claude Calame
    9. Myth in Greek art and architecture Jenifer Neils
    10. The landscapes of Greek myth Ada Cohen
    11. Politics and Greek myth Jonathan M. Hall
    12. Ovid and Greek myth A. J. Boyle
    Part III. Reception:
    13. Women and Greek myth Vanda Zajko
    14. Greek myth in medieval and renaissance literature H. David Brumble
    15. Greek myth in English and American literature Sarah Anne Brown
    16. Greek myth on the screen Martin M. Winkler.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Classical Mythologies
    • Composition ll
    • Greek Mythology
    • Myth and Religion in Ancient Israel and the Near East
    • Mythical Themes in Literature
    • Mythology
  • Editor

    Roger D. Woodard, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Roger Woodard is the Andrew V.V. Raymond Professor of the Classics and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Buffalo (The State University of New York). He has taught in the United States and Europe and is the author of a number of books in myth and ancient civilization, most recently Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult. Dr. Woodard is editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, which received a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award in 2006.


    Roger D. Woodard, Gregory Nagy, Richard Buxton, Angus Bowie, Diskin Clay, Carolyn Higbie, Claude Calame, Jenifer Neils, Ada Cohen, Jonathan M. Hall, A. J. Boyle, Vanda Zajko, H. David Brumble, Sarah Anne Brown, Martin M. Winkler

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