We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

E-book purchase
Choose a subscription

Downloaded copy on your device does not expire. Includes 4 years of Bookshelf Online.


Where applicable, tax will be added to the above price prior to payment.

E-book purchasing help


Classical Mythology

Eleventh Edition

Mark Morford, Robert J. Lenardon, and Michael Sham

Publication Date - 27 June 2018

ISBN: 9780190851644

792 pages
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

A comprehensive, classic text that brings to life the myths and legends of Greece and Rome for classical mythology--now with new audio and art resources


Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Eleventh Edition, is the most comprehensive survey of classical mythology available--and the first full-color textbook of its kind. 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.

Acclaimed authors Mark P.O. Morford, Robert J. Lenardon, and Michael Sham incorporate a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary to make the myths come alive for students. Offering historical and cultural background, they also examine the enduring survival of classical mythology and its influence in the fields of art, literature, music, dance, and film.

New to this Edition

  • A streamlined presentation shortens the book by eighty pages and moves "Part Four: The Survival of Classical Mythology," which examines the reception of classical mythology in literature, music, dance, and film, to the Companion Website
  • Audio recordings. Adopters of Classical Mythology consistently praise the book for the high quality of the authors' translations of the ancient works. Students can now enjoy listening to many of these translations as streaming audio files on the book's Companion Website.
  • "A Closer Look" image analyses on the Companion Website, accompanied by commentaries and questions, enable students to examine relevant paintings, sculpture, mosaics, frescos, photographs, and other fine art in detail.


  • Brings classical myths to life through a dynamic combination of poetic narratives and enlightening commentary
  • Offers historical and cultural background
  • Provides ample interpretive material
  • Examines the enduring reception of classical mythology and its influence in the arts
  • Features robust pedagogy, ample learning resources, and stunning full-color art

About the Author(s)

Mark P.O. Morford is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Virginia, where he joined the faculty in 1984 after teaching for twenty-one years at The Ohio State University and serving as chairman of the Department of Classics.

Robert J. Lenardon is Professor Emeritus of Classics at The Ohio State University, where he was on the faculty for twenty-five years and served as Director of Graduate Studies in Classics.

Michael Sham is Professor of Classics at Siena College, where for the past twenty years he has developed a small but vigorous program. He is currently also Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.


"Classical Mythology, Eleventh Edition, features a thoughtful and engaging presentation of material, good use of color and graphics, and an excellent layout. The range and coverage of topics is very thorough; most of what a mythology class or instructor might look for is here in some form."--Glen Robert Gill, Montclair State University

"This book offers broad, rich, yet detailed coverage and is superior to all competitors I know. This has been my main text (with a few interruptions) for considerably more than twenty years. It is reliable and appeals to students."--Zoja Pavlovskis-Petit, Binghamton University

"I particularly like the glossary, which explains how concepts or names that originate with Greek myth have become part of the language. This is great for building vocabulary and enhancing student literacy. The phonetic pronunciations provided in one index are very helpful, as is the audio element on the website, which says words aloud so that students (and instructors) can hear how they are pronounced."--Alice Goode-Elman, Suffolk Community College

Table of Contents

    Art, Maps, and Figures
    About the Authors
    About the Website
    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
    Appendix to Chapter 4: 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 and Greek Religion
    7. Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters
    8. Athena
    9. Aphrodite and Eros
    10. Artemis
    Additional Reading: 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
    Introduction to the Greek Sagas
    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: Bellerophon and the Chimera
    22. Heracles
    23. Theseus and the Legends of Attica
    Additional Reading: Jason and Medea in Euripides
    25. Greek Mythology in the Roman World
    26. Roman Mythology and Saga
    Glossary of Mythological Words and Phrases in English
    The Greek Spelling of Names
    A. Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles I-1000
    B. Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects I-13000

Related Titles