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By Stephen Kershaw

The e-book leads the reader via those bright tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the widely used narratives are right here, besides a few much less widespread characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the publication explains key matters coming up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

This long-overdue publication crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and can be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly facets of Greek mythology in basic terms frequently to be had in disparate kinds - particularly children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot right here that's fascinating, staggering, and weird in addition to commonly used. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and demanding quantity.

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The gods, it is true, came down from the past, but their vividness is a result of the poetic tradition which imagined them in the radiant colouring of the Homeric myths. It was the achievement of the epic tradition to weld this heterogeneous collection of deities into a single family of clear-cut individuals, displaying the firm outlines and consistency of a classical masterpiece; the poets not only inherited myth but created it. And above all, it was from the poet of the Iliad that the gods took shape, with whatever assistance he may have received from his forerunners (page 311).

They took position in the blossoming meadow of Scamander, 36 MYTHS OF THE GREEKS AND ROMANS thousands of them, as leaves and flowers appear in their season. 12 Homer conveys the pictorial and emotional appeal not only of a great battle but of humble, natural scenes and doings. This is one aspect of his unique descriptive powers, of his simple, natural, picturesque, imaginative style, suited perfectly to its theme. 3 ACHILLES: HELEN Each person in the Homeric myths is a strongly differentiated individual.

It is not true, it is not true," she cried. "I never went aboard that coloured ship; I never trod the ground of manly Troy" . . She was there, on the banks of a Delta. And at Troy? Nothing. At Troy a phantom. So the gods willed it. And Paris lay with a shadow as though it were solid flesh: And we were slaughtered for Helen ten long years. The alternative and more famous version, telling of Helen's abduction to Troy, may well have been no part of the original Trojan legend. The poets seem to have borrowed it from some source dependent upon an epic of Ugarit, on the SyroPhoenician coast.

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