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The Universe, the Gods, and Men: Ancient Greek Myths Told by Jean-Pierre… (1999)

by Jean-Pierre Vernant

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This book is a retelling of some of the myths of Ancient Greece by a French professor of classics. It is relatively short and so provides a good summary of some of the key myths, particularly the origin of the universe, the war of the gods, the Trojan war, Odysseus’ journey, Dionysus, Oedipus, and Perseus. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Nov 1, 2017 |
An English translation of a French work based on Ancient Greek texts, this could easily have become a garbled mess. But it isn't. 'The Universe, the Gods, and Mortals' is actually a very easy and enjoyable read. While I am certainly no expert on the subject concerned, Vernant's retelling (or, rather, explanations) of the various stories contained has fuelled my enthusiasm for Ancient Greek mythology (which is, I assume, precisely what he was trying to achieve). Undoubtedly a worthwhile read.
  PickledOnion42 | Jun 15, 2013 |
A great little book to get an overview of greek myths. Vernant's introduction alone is worth the price of admission if you like personal memoir mixed with literature. ( )
  clothingoptional | Feb 27, 2006 |
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In this enchanting retelling of Greek myth, Jean-Pierre Vernant combines his deep knowledge of the subject with an original storytelling style. Beginning with the creation of Earth out of Chaos, Vernant continues with the castration of Uranus, the war between the Titans and the Olympian gods, the wily ruses of Prometheus and Zeus, and the creation of Pandora, the first woman. His narrative takes readers from the Trojan War to the voyage of Odysseus, from the story of Dionysus to the terrible destiny of Oedipus to Perseus's confrontation with the Gorgons.

Jean-Pierre Vernant has devoted himself to the study of Greek mythology. In recounting these tales, he unravels for us their multiple meanings and brings to life the beloved figures of legend whose narratives lie at the origin of our civilization. With remarkable psychological acuity, Vernant presents a picture of the world as the Greeks understood it. The relationship between the human and the divine -- realms that have always been intimately connected -- and their place within a world of potent natural forces are evoked effortlessly in a narrative that retains the magical quality of myth and reads with the compelling momentum of a good novel.

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