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Classical Mythology (edition 2010)

by Mark Morford, Michael Sham, Robert Lenardon

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Title:Classical Mythology
Authors:Mark Morford
Other authors:Michael Sham, Robert Lenardon
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2010), Edition: 9, Paperback, 864 pages
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Classical Mythology‎ by Mark P. O. Morford

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I randomly searched my shelves for something to help me brush up on Orpheus and Euridice. Before I knew it, I'd brushed up on a whole lot more and learned some new things to boot.
  Frenzie | Feb 19, 2014 |
This is a book which is a bit mis-marketed; as a textbook, it's clearly meant for first-time learners (usually in an undergraduate setting). Unfortunately (and this is perhaps more a comment on our times than on the book), the level of discourse is generally fairly high, and I think probably sometimes beyond the comprehension of your average college freshman.

The book has a nice selection of primary source readings sprinkled into each chapter, however, and reaches into lesser-used territory--a good deal is chosen from the Homeric Hymns besides the Hymn to Demeter, which I have not seen in other textbooks, and much use is made of later sources, including an entire subset of chapters (these should really be appendices) on the nachleben of various aspects of myth in the medieval, renaissance, and modern periods.

Overall, it's a readable introduction, if a bit on the erudite side; it really needs a lot of fleshing out via intermediaries (TAs or professors) to be accessible to most college students. For a kinder introduction which assumes less background knowledge on the part of the reader, see Barry B. Powell's _Classical Myth_ (last seen in its 6th edition). ( )
  Imrahil2001 | Feb 12, 2009 |
I love mythology! ( )
  megaden | Jan 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195308050, Paperback)

Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available in one volume. Featuring the authors' clear and extensive translations of original sources, it brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome in a lucid and engaging style. The text contains a wide variety of faithfully translated passages from Greek and Latin sources, including Homer, Hesiod, all the Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Plato, Lucian, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, and Seneca. The authors incorporate a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make the myths come alive for students. Offering historical and cultural background on the myths--including evidence from art and archaeology--they also provide ample interpretative material and examine the enduring survival of classical mythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film.
Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, enables students to explore the fascinating nature of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, and to appreciate the most significant ancient sources of classical myths and legends. The book is beautifully enhanced by 22 color plates and 160 black and white illustrations with lucid explanatory captions, as well as maps, a glossary, a companion website, and an instructor's manual.

Classical Mythology, Eighth Edition, has been updated and revised to reflect recent scholarship, featuring:

* The most recent results of excavations at Troy and Orestes
* Expanded discussions of Asclepius, Antigone, and Orestes
* Many new text boxes including those on Homer, Hesiod, and the worship of Artemis at Brauron
* A new chapter (25) on Ovid's treatment of classical mythology
* Incorporation of local legends--for example, the myth of Bellerophon--in relevant myths and sagas (these legends, located in the former Chapter 25 in the previous edition, have now been distributed throughout the book where they best fit)
* An improved art program, with new images, better-quality reproductions, and improved maps
* Numbering of lines for all translations, for easy reference
* Improved indexes and updated bibliographies
* An improved and updated companion website, including images and maps
* An instructor's manual and test bank (available for the first time)

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