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Published: 23 August 2007

168 Pages | 24 halftones, 1 map


ISBN: 9780192804761

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Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

Helen Morales

Very Short Introductions

  • Classical myths are a subject of enduring fascination, widely evoked and re-told in both high art and popular culture.
  • A lively and wide-ranging exploration, placing the emphasis on understanding the myths rather than simply retelling them.
  • Examines topics ranging from classical literature to contemporary art, Hollywood film, politics, psychoanalysis, and the Bible.
  • Asks why sex is such a preoccupation in classical myths, looking at examples from 'Xena, warrior princess', to Mozart's 'Apollo and Hyacinthus'.
  • Examines how classical myths have been used throughout history and around the world, to debate and dramatize questions of conflict, politics, sexuality, and our sense of our own origins.