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Table of Contents

Art, Maps, and Figures
Preface
About the Authors
About the Website

PART ONE
THE MYTHS OF CREATION: THE GODS

1 Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology
Appendix to Chapter 1: Sources for Classical Mythology

2 Historical Background of Greek Mythology

3 Myths of Creation

4 Zeus’ Rise to Power: The Creation of Mortals
Additional Reading: Parallels in Myths of Greece and the Ancient Near East

5 The Twelve Olympians: Zeus, Hera, and Their Children

6 The Nature of the Gods
Appendix to Chapter 6: Greek Religion

7 Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters

8 Athena

9 Aphrodite and Eros

10 Artemis
Additional Reading: Selections from Euripides’ Hippolytus

11 Apollo
Additional Reading: The Homeric Hymn to Pythian Apollo

12 Hermes

13 Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus

14 Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries

15 Views of the Afterlife: The Realm of Hades

16 Orpheus and Orphism: Mystery Religions in Roman Times

PART TWO
THE GREEK SAGAS

Introduction

17 The Theban Saga

18 The Mycenaean Saga
Additional Reading: Orestes and the Three Electras

19 The Trojan Saga and the Iliad
Appendix to Chapter 19: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar Hunt

20 The Returns and the Odyssey

21 Perseus and the Legends of Argos
Appendix to Chapter 21: Bellerophon

22 Heracles

23 Theseus and the Legends of Attica

24 Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts
Additional Reading: Jason and Medea in Euripides

25 Greek and Roman Legends in Ovid’s Poetry

PART THREE
THE NATURE OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY

26 Roman Mythology and Saga

PART FOUR
THE SURVIVAL OF CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

27 Classical Mythology in Literature

28 Classical Mythology in Music, Dance, and Film

Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English
The Greek Spelling of Names

Indexes
A. Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles
B. Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects                

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