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Classical mythology : a guide to the mythical world of the Greeks and Romans

Classical mythology : a guide to the mythical world of the Greeks and Romans

Author: William F Hansen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The birth of Aphrodite, the Trojan Horse, Zeus disguised as a swan. These and other classical myths and legends are usually encountered separately, but together they make up a coherent, multigenerational saga of epic battles, bizarre metamorphoses, immortal heroes, and all-too-human gods - a fantastic world recognizably real to its audience." "Classical Mythology offers newcomers and long-time enthusiasts new ways  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hansen, William F., 1941-
Classical mythology.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William F Hansen
ISBN: 0195300351 9780195300352
OCLC Number: 58729688
Notes: Originally published: Handbook of classical mythology. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, ©2004.
Description: xiv, 393 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Time : what happens in classical mythology --
Dieties, themes, and concepts --
Annotated print and nonprint resources. INTRODUCTION --
Basic concepts --
How classical mythology came into being --
A mix of traditions --
The archaic period --
The classical period --
The Hellenistic and imperial periods --
Interpretatio romana --
Classical mythology after antiquity --
How do we know about classical mythology today? --
The mythological world: places --
Earth --
Sky --
Death realm --
Tartaros --
Physical model versus biological model --
The mythological world: characters --
The principal gods --
The nature of gods and humans --
Nature spirits --
The relationship of gods and humans --
Peculiarities of mythological narrative --
Supernaturalism --
Personification and reification --
Binatural beings versus composite beings --
Reversible and irreversible changes. TIME: WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY --
Divine time and human time --
What happens in classical mythology --
From chaos to cosmos --
Two cosmic families --
The cosmic house --
The succession of world rulers --
The first humans --
The division of meat --
The theft of fire --
The loss of paradise --
The great deluge --
The origin of nations --
The gods establish their cults --
The mating of gods and humans --
The heroic age --
A family of the heroic age: the Pelopids --
Antecedents to the Trojan war --
The returns --
The end of the heroic age --
What does classical mythology say? --
The nature of the physical world --
The nature of the gods --
The nature of humans --
The heroes or demigods --
Absent deity --
Adamant --
Aeolus (Greek Aiolos) --
Aetiology (also Etiology) --
Aineias (Latinized form Aeneas --
Aloads (Greek Aloadai or Aloeidai) --
Ambrosia --
Anthropogony --
Aphrodite (Roman Venus) --
Apollon (Latinized form Apollo) --
Ares (Roman Mars) Argonauts (Greek Argonautai) --
Artemis (Roman Diana) --
Asklepios (Latinized form Aesculapius) Athena (also Athene and Athenaia) (Roman Minerva) --
Atlas --
Bellerophon (also Bellerophontes) --
Biographical pattern --
Catasterism (Greek Katasterismos) --
Centaurs and Hippocentaurs (Greek Kentauroi and Hippokentauroi) --
Charon --
Combat myth and legend --
Cosmogony (Greek Kyklopes) --
Demeter (Roman Ceres) --
Dionysos (Roman Bacchus and Liber Pater) --
Divine guilds --
Eileithyia --
Elysion Field (Latinized form Erebus) --
Fabulous peoples and places --
Flood myth and legend --
Folk etymology --
Genealogy --
Giants (Greek Gigantes) --
Hades (also Aidoneus) (Roman Dis and Orcus) --
Hephaistos (Roman Vulcan) --
Hera (Roman Juno) --
Herakles (Latinized form Hercules) --
Hermes (Roman Mercury) --
Hero (Greek Heros) --
Hestia (also Histia) (Roman Vesta) --
Honor (Greek Time) --
Hubris --
Hunters --
Ichor --
Iris --
Jason (Greek Iason) --
Kadmos (Latinized form Cadmus) --
Ker (or Keres) --
Kouretes (Latinized form Curetes) --
Kronos (Roman Saturn) --
Labyrinth (Greek Labyrinthos) --
Luminaries --
Maenads (Greek Mainades) --
Meleager (Greek Meleagros) --
Midas. Monsters --
Mountains --
Myth of the ages --
Nectar (Greek Nektar) --
Nymphs (Greek Nymphai) --
Odysseus --
Oedipus (Greek Oidipous) --
Olympians (Greek Olympioi) --
Oracles --
Orpheus --
Pan --
Pandora --
Persephone (Latinized form Proserpina; also Kore) --
Perseus --
Personified abstractions --
Poseidon (Roman Neptune) --
Promotion and demotion --
Romantic narratives --
Satyrs (Greek Satyroi) and Silens (Greek Silenoi) --
Seers --
Sex changers --
Sexual myths and legends --
Special rules and properties --
Succession myth --
Tartaros (Latinized form Tartarus) --
Tasks --
Theban wars Theseus --
Titans (Greek Titanes) --
Transformation --
Translation --
Triads --
Trickster --
Trojan war --
Waters --
Winds --
Wondrous animals --
Wondrous objects --
Zeus (Roman Jupiter, also Jove) --
Print resources --
Ancient sources --
Reference works --
Classical mythology and the arts --
Surveys and studies an particular subjects --
Nonprint resources.
Other Titles: Handbook of classical mythology
Responsibility: William Hansen.
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"Hansen's work is excellently constructed and fulfils its role as an introduction to the subject. Instead of creating another dry dictionary, the author succeeds in bringing these myths to life in Read more...

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