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Myths Of The Greeks And Romans (urspr publ 1962; utgåvan 1998)

av Michael Grant (Författare)

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A fascinating study of the world's great myths and their impact on the creative arts through the ages, this insightful and absorbing book demonstrates the dynamic effect that ancient mythology has had on the creative efforts of succeeding centuries. Distinguished historian and classical scholar Michael Grant summarizes all the myths as well as the legends of the lesser gods and heroes, and traces their origins in historical fact or religious myth. He then shows how myths have continued to evolve throughout the ages. The author's brilliant investigations lead from Pericles to Picasso, Homer to Freud, Apuleius to Grimm--and prove that mythological themes have been continuously restated in art, science, and folklore, up to the present day. Lively and fascinating, this in-depth study is complemented by maps, genealogical tables, and 64 pages of photographs. Included, too, are an appendix on additional myths, chapter notes, and an updated bibliography and index. "The special value of the book lies in [its] studies of the earlier and later history of the myths . . . . The study of origins takes Mr. Grant into many different fields, including archaeology and psychology as well as classical philology. He is well read and sure footed in all of them."--London Times Literary Supplement… (mer)
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Titel:Myths Of The Greeks And Romans
Författare:Michael Grant (Författare)
Info:Orion (1998), Edition: New edition, 488 pages
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Michael Grant's "Myths of the Greeks and Romans" is a very informative and interesting collection of the ancient myths. I would say that Edith Hamilton's "Mythology" is for the novice reader of mythology, someone who knows very little about the myths and just wants a compendium of the stories and a who's who in the world of ancient Greek and Roman deities and their offspring. Michael Grant's book is for the intermediate reader of mythology who wants to delve deeper, maybe look at sources, history, later interpretations and transformations in other arts.

The book is divided into sections starting with the oldest written account which is, of course, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and then following the literary line, also divides them into families: Agamemnon and Prometheus, Oedipus and Antigone, Herakles and Dionysus, Heroic searchers: Jason, Orpheus, et al. and finally, ending with love stories: Baucis and Philomenon, Cupid and Psyche, Hero and Leander.

Each section begins with a synopsis of the story and variations. He then brings up various ways of interpreting the story, the history of the tale (both religious and social, psychological -when applicable), as well as how the story was reinterpreted by other writers through the years. The book also has many photographs showing the myths in ancient and modern art. I found this book dense at times, but always interesting and engaging.

My paperback copy of this book was published in 1962 and is falling apart and will probably go into the recycling bin, while I await a newer copy. Since it was published so long ago, there is probably much newer research that would contradict some of what Michael Grant presents (especially his use of Freud's interpretations of the myths), but nevertheless, I would highly recommend this book for someone interested in learning more than just which god slept with whom. ( )
2 rösta Marse | Nov 16, 2016 |
Great reveiw of all the myths that I dimly remember such as Orpheus, Jason, etc. ( )
1 rösta jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
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A fascinating study of the world's great myths and their impact on the creative arts through the ages, this insightful and absorbing book demonstrates the dynamic effect that ancient mythology has had on the creative efforts of succeeding centuries. Distinguished historian and classical scholar Michael Grant summarizes all the myths as well as the legends of the lesser gods and heroes, and traces their origins in historical fact or religious myth. He then shows how myths have continued to evolve throughout the ages. The author's brilliant investigations lead from Pericles to Picasso, Homer to Freud, Apuleius to Grimm--and prove that mythological themes have been continuously restated in art, science, and folklore, up to the present day. Lively and fascinating, this in-depth study is complemented by maps, genealogical tables, and 64 pages of photographs. Included, too, are an appendix on additional myths, chapter notes, and an updated bibliography and index. "The special value of the book lies in [its] studies of the earlier and later history of the myths . . . . The study of origins takes Mr. Grant into many different fields, including archaeology and psychology as well as classical philology. He is well read and sure footed in all of them."--London Times Literary Supplement

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