By Philip Matyszak
Packed with interesting evidence and diverting stories—the perfect creation to the myths and stories that lie on the middle of Western culture.Who used to be Pandora and what used to be in her recognized field? How did Achilles get his Achilles heel? What precisely is a Titan? And why is one malicious program referred to as a Trojan horse?
The myths of old Greece and Rome can appear bewilderingly advanced, but they're loads part of sleek existence and discourse that almost all people recognize fragments of them. This complete spouse takes those fragments and weaves them into an obtainable and relaxing narrative, guiding the reader throughout the simple tales of classical myth.
Philip Matyszak explains the sequences of occasions and introduces the key plots and characters, from the origins of the area and the labors of Hercules to the Trojan warfare and the voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas. He brings to existence an unique forged of heroes and monsters, wronged girls and frighteningly arbitrary but strong gods. He additionally exhibits how the tales have survived and significantly inspired later artwork and tradition, from Renaissance portray and sculpture to trendy opera, literature, videos, and daily items.
By Geoffrey Ashe
From a minimum of 1200 B.C. and doubtless lengthy earlier than, prophets have tried to work out into the longer term. Most--from historical oracles to trendy astrologers, from doomsday sects to mobilephone psychics--have been fallacious nearly all of the time, says British researcher Geoffrey Ashe. actual foreknowledge is uncommon, yet these infrequent occurrences are impressive.
In this interesting reference paintings, the 1st to surround the total 3,000 12 months span of recorded prophecy, Ashe examines the predictions of either solid prophets and undesirable, together with seers like Jacques Cazotte, who forecast the Reign of Terror within the French Revolution, and Morgan Robertson, who defined the "Titanic" catastrophe 14 years sooner than it occurred. He refutes some of the far-fetched claims of Nostradamus, and highlights those who foreshadow occasions after his lifetime. He additionally examines failed prophecies which were influential, together with the numerous end-of-the-world forecasts, besides the strangely actual visions of a few science-fiction authors.
By David Fitzgerald
Why may someone imagine Jesus by no means existed? Isn't it completely moderate to just accept that he was once a true first century determine? because it seems, no. NAILED sheds gentle on ten loved Christian myths, and, with facts amassed from historians around the theological spectrum, indicates how they aspect to a Jesus Christ created exclusively via allegorical alchemy of desire and mind's eye; a messiah reworked from a basically literary, theological build into the primary determine of Jesus - in brief, a basically mythic Christ.
David Fitzgerald is an atheist activist, old researcher, author and nationwide public speaker. He used to be the co-founder & director of the world's first Atheist movie pageant and San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day get together, "Evolutionpalooza!"
Today he works for the Secular pupil Alliance and co-runs The Godless Perverts tale Hour. he's additionally writer of "NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That convey Jesus by no means Existed At All" and "The entire Heretic's advisor to Western Religion" series.
His 2010 e-book NAILED severely examines the ancient proof of Christ, and he's at present engaged on the follow-up ebook, Jesus: Mything in motion, so one can tackle the secular arguments for the historical Jesus.
By Mircea Eliade
This founding paintings of the historical past of religions, first released in English in 1954, secured the North American acceptance of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making connection with an unbelievable variety of cultures and drawing on scholarship released in a minimum of part a dozen eu languages, Eliade's The delusion of the everlasting Return makes either intelligible and compelling the non secular expressions and actions of a large choice of archaic and "primitive" non secular cultures. whereas acknowledging go back to the "archaic" is not any longer attainable, Eliade passionately insists at the worth of realizing this view with the intention to improve our modern mind's eye of what it really is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new advent offers the contextual history to the publication and provides a severe define of Eliade's argument in a manner that encourages readers to have interaction in an educated dialog with this vintage text.
Note: retail caliber edition.
By Margaret George
A lush, seductive novel of the mythical attractiveness whose face "launched 1000 ships"
Daughter of a god, spouse of a king, prize of antiquity’s bloodiest conflict, Helen of Troy has encouraged artists for millennia. Now Margaret George, the hugely acclaimed bestselling ancient novelist, has grew to become her clever, perceptive eye to the parable that's Helen of Troy.
Margaret George breathes new existence into the good Homeric story via having Helen narrate her personal tale. via her eyes and in her voice, we event the younger Helen’s discovery of her divine foundation and her terrifying attractiveness. whereas hardly ever greater than a woman, Helen married the distant Spartan king Menelaus and bore him a daughter. through the age of twenty, the world’s most pretty girl was once resigned to a passionless marriage—until she encountered the good-looking Trojan prince Paris. And as soon as the fans flee to Troy, warfare, homicide, and tragedy turn into inevitable.
In Helen of Troy, Margaret George has captured a undying legend in a enthralling story of a lady whose lifestyles used to be destined to create strife—and wreck civilizations.
By Joseph Campbell
A part of a sequence of reviews on global mythologies, this quantity appears on the primitive roots of the mythology of the realm as they're tested within the mild of the latest discoveries in archaeology, anthropology and psychology.
By Snorri Sturluson, Jesse Byock
Written in Iceland a century after the shut of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the resource of such a lot of what we all know of Norse mythology. Its stories are peopled by means of giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods stay with the tragic wisdom in their personal coming near near destruction within the cataclysmic conflict of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s production to its violent finish. This strong new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological
complexity of the outdated Icelandic original.
• First time in Penguin Classics
• contains an advent; explanatory notes; word list; appendices at the Norse cosmos, language, and resources, a map; genealogical tables; feedback for additional analyzing
Four seminal tragedies by means of the grasp Greek dramatist, in gleaming new translations
Of the multiple hundred performs Sophocles wrote over the process his lengthy lifestyles, basically seven continue to exist. This quantity collects 4 of them, all newly translated. Electra portrays the grief of a tender lady for her father, Agamemnon, who has been killed via her mother?s lover. Ajax depicts the enigma of energy and weak point vis-àvis the autumn of the good hero. Women of Trachis dramatizes the tragic love and blunder of Heracles?s abandoned spouse, Deianeira; Philoctetes examines the clash among actual strength and ethical strength.
By Edith Hamilton
Due to the fact that its unique ebook via Little, Brown and corporate in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has bought hundreds of thousands of copies during the global and tested itself as a perennial bestseller in its a variety of to be had codecs: hardcover, exchange paperback, mass industry paperback, and booklet. Mythology succeeds like no different publication in bringing to existence for the trendy reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends which are the keystone of Western tradition - the tales of gods and heroes that experience encouraged human creativity from antiquity to the current.
By Richmond Lattimore, David Grene, Mark Griffith, Glenn W. Most
Greek Tragedies, quantity II comprises Aeschylus’s “The Libation Bearers,” translated by way of Richmond Lattimore; Sophocles’s “Electra,” translated via David Grene; Euripides’s “Iphigenia one of the Taurians,” translated by way of Anne Carson; Euripides’s “Electra,” translated through Emily Townsend Vermeule; and Euripides’s “The Trojan Women,” translated by means of Richmond Lattimore.
Sixty years in the past, the college of Chicago Press undertook a momentous venture: a brand new translation of the Greek tragedies that will be the final word source for academics, scholars, and readers. They succeeded. below the professional administration of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, these translations mixed accuracy, poetic immediacy, and readability of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so energetic and compelling that they continue to be the normal translations. this present day, Chicago is taking pains to make sure that our Greek tragedies stay the prime English-language models through the twenty-first century.
In this hugely expected 3rd version, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. such a lot have rigorously up-to-date the translations to convey them even in the direction of the traditional Greek whereas holding the vibrancy for which our English models are well-known. This variation additionally comprises brand-new translations of Euripides’ Medea, the kids of Heracles, Andromache, and Iphigenia one of the Taurians, fragments of misplaced performs by means of Aeschylus, and the surviving element of Sophocles’s satyr-drama The Trackers. New introductions for every play supply crucial information regarding its first construction, plot, and reception in antiquity and past. furthermore, each one quantity contains an advent to the existence and paintings of its tragedian, in addition to notes addressing textual uncertainties and a thesaurus of names and areas pointed out within the plays.
In addition to the hot content material, the volumes were reorganized either inside and among volumes to mirror the main updated scholarship at the order within which the performs have been initially written. the result's a suite of good-looking paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to those foundational works of Western drama, artwork, and existence.