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Classical Mythology

Tenth Edition

Mark Morford, Robert J. Lenardon, and Michael Sham

Publication Date - December 2013

ISBN: 9780199997329

864 pages
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $117.95

The classic text for teaching classical mythology--in full color and affordably priced, with more instructor support than ever before


Building on the bestselling tradition of previous editions, Classical Mythology, Tenth 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 on the myths (including evidence from art and archaeology) they also provide ample interpretative material and 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 new "Myth and Culture" feature that examines the reception of myths through the centuries in important works of fine art
  • An even more vibrant art program enriched by approximately forty new, stunning illustrations
  • An expanded Chapter 25 that looks at the impact of Greek mythology in the Roman world
  • An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/morford with a wealth of resources for students and instructors
  • An Instructor's Resource DVD that contains digital files for nearly 200 photos in the text, along with an Instructor's Manual; the manual is also available in print and on the Companion Website

About the Author(s)

Mark P.O. Morford is Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Virginia.

Robert J. Lenardon is Professor of Classics Emeritus at The Ohio State University.

Michael Sham is Professor of Classics at Siena College.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2013
February 2010
July 2006


"Classical Mythology is the best text available; an excellent and complete introduction. Its strengths include its thoroughness, readability, informative notes and appendices, glossary, indices, and format."--Richard A. Spencer, Appalachian State University

"Classical Mythology gives students a firm foundation for completely understanding myths. Its structure and organization is the main reason that I greatly favor this text over its competitors. In addition, the family trees are very detailed, the excerpts from the many myths are very helpful, and the length of the excerpts is perfect."--Sherri Mussatto, Rose State College

"The principle advantage of this text is that it is better rounded and more thorough about the context of the myths without being cumbersome or pedantic. The range of coverage is also very impressive. I think that this book strikes the right balance between print and image and between summary and exposition."--Carolyn Whitson, Metropolitan State University

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
    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 and 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
    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 Mythology in the Roman World
    26. Roman Mythology and Saga
    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
    A. Index of Authors, Composers, and Titles
    B. Glossary/Index of Mythological and Historical Persons, Places, and Subjects

Teaching Resources

Package this book with Now Playing: Studying Classical Mythology Through Film, a print supplement prepared by coauthor Michael Sham, for FREE! Package ISBN: 978-0-19-937172-3.