The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories

The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories

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Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John’s College, Oxford, and is the author of numerous books, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Legionary and Philip Matyszak’s Classical Compendium, all published by Thames & Hudson. He teaches an e-learning course on Ancient Rome for the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge University.

The myths of ancient Greece and Rome are still a part of modern life and language. This enjoyable handy companion takes the fragments we half remember and guides us through the foundational stories of classical myth.

Philip Matyszak explains the events and introduces the major plots and characters, from the origins of the world and the labours of Hercules to the Trojan War and the voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas. He also shows how the stories have survived and so influenced later art and culture, from Renaissance painting and sculpture to modern opera, literature, film and everyday products.

Packed with intriguing facts and diverting stories, The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories is the ideal introduction to the myths and tales that lie at the heart of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. It includes sections on the myths in later art, literature, language and popular culture, and illustrations from both ancient and post-classical sources.

Product Code 1031534
ISBN 9780500251737
author Philip Matyszak
B&W illustrations 72
colour illustrations 8
format Hardback
GTIN 9780500251737
pages 224
published Aug 2010
publisher Thames & Hudson
Dimensions 13.6 X 19.8 X 3 cm
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