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Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

159308062X
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
In all likelihood, Aesop was just as invented as his fantastic fables. Allegorical tales of birds and beasts, the fables are humorous, inspirational, and often astonishingly pragmatic. They expose the superstitions and customs of the Greeks, as well as their love of life and common sense. Perhaps the original treatise of self-help, Aesop’s Fables is full of advice for life,
whether it be affirming, silly, or profoundly insightful.

D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years.
He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.


Virgil Recomposed
Scott McGill
0195175646
July 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Virgilian centos anticipate the avant-garde and smash the image of a staid, sober, and centered classical world. This book examines the twelve mythological and secular Virgilian centos that survive from antiquity. The centos, in which authors take non-consecutive lines or segments of lines
from the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid and reconnect them to produce new poems, have received limited attention. No other book-length study exists of all the centos, which date from ca. 200 to ca. 530.

The centos are literary games, and they have a playful shock value that feels very modern. Yet the texts also demand to be taken seriously for what they disclose about late antique literary culture, Virgil's reception, and several important topics in Latin literature and literary studies generally.
As radically...


Mythological Monsters of Ancient Greece

0763619078


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From Publishers Weekly
In wild hand-lettered collages that defy academic treatments of myth, Fanelli (Dear Diary) summarizes some famous monsters of the Greek pantheon. Her portraits of weird creatures range from the comical to the grotesque, and recall the visceral imagery of Hendrik Drescher. On the imposing dust jacket and in the first spread, hundred-eyed Argus roars like a lion, but wry humor softens his threat; doodled spectacles litter the ground at his feet ("After his death, the goddess Hera put his eyes onto the tail feathers of the peacock"). Argus isn't the only one with creepy peepers. All 14 members of this sinister menagerie gaze out at readers through black-and-white magazine clippings of human eyes, which lend an uncanny appearance to Oedipus's Sphinx ("not the same as the Egyptian Sphinx") and Medusa (pictured with a...


Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

1593083300
January 2005
Hardcover
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Sophocles Revisited
Hugh Lloyd-Jones
0198130066
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University from 1960 to 1989. He has made important contributions to our knowledge of ancient Greece. In September 1997 a group of former pupils and scholars offered him a set of papers on Sophocles in honor of is seventy-fifth
birthday. This volume collects those papers, which give varied approaches to the poet, his work, and his influence.


The Simon & Schuster Book of Greek Gods and Heroes

0027613909


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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6 Certainly, these are stories that should dance off the page. Low's treatment is serviceable, but it just doesn't sparkle. Her style is a rather flat descriptive narrative, and it is almost as if she is telling about the stories rather than telling the stories. A goodly number of stories is included, and a good index, and the volume is liberally illustrated with watercolors and pen-and-ink sketches, but readers will be left with an uneasy sense that perfunctoriness has been afoot. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Doubleday, 1962) is venerable, but still the superior book. Christina Olson, Beverly Hills Public LibraryCopyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
Children's Book Review ServiceAn excellent introduction to Greek mythology as well as an...


The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

1593081677
October 2004
Hardcover
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Studies on the Text of Euripides
James Diggle
0198140193
Mar 1981
Hardcover
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The Classic Treasury of Bulfinch's Mythology

0762414979


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Book Description
Young readers will relish the adventure and magic that fill these legendary tales, retold for readers aged 4 through 8. This exquisite edition contains ten of the most beloved Greek and Roman myths, including The Trojan War; Ulysses; King Midas; Orpheus and Euridice; Medusa, Pegasus, and the Chimera; Hercules, Daedalus, and Icarus; Cupid and Psyche, Baucis and Philemon, and Atalanta. Each story is illustrated with an evocative full-color plate and additional spot art.

About the Author
Steven Zorn is author of The Classic Book of Best-Loved Bedtime Stories and other Running Press titles. Giles Greenfield illustrated the cover for the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.


Pindar
C. M. Bowra
0198143389
Nov 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
First published in 1964, this volume remains the standard introduction to Pindar.


Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan (Tut Books. R)
Edmond Papinot
0804809968


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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


The Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

1593080093
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Long before The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, the ancient Greek poet Homer established the standard for tales of epic quests and heroic journeys with The Odyssey. Crowded with characters, both human and non-human, and bursting with action, The Odyssey details the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca and hero of the Trojan War, as he struggles to return to his home and his waiting, ever-faithful wife, Penelope. Along the way he encounters the seductive Circe, who changes men into swine; the gorgeous water-nymph, Calypso, who keeps him a “prisoner of love” for seven years; the terrible, one-eyed, man-eating giant Cyclops; and a host of other ogres, wizards, sirens, and gods. But when he finally reaches Ithaca after ten years of travel, his trials have...


The Textual Tradition of Euripies' Orestes
James Diggle
019814766X
Sept 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
Orestes, produced in 408 BC near the end of Euripides' life, was one of the most popular Greek tragedies and consequently was preserved in a large number of medieval manuscripts. Based on close scrutiny of the sixty most important, this book explains the complicated relationships that existed
between them and reexamines the contribution made by the papyri and quotations that preserve parts of the play. Offering important new insights into problems of text and interpretation, meter, and the activities of Byzantine scholars, this important book will be indispensable to all students of the
transmission of Greek tragedy and the transmission of classical texts in general.


Don't Know Much About Mythology : Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About...)
Kenneth C. Davis
006019460X
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. What is a myth? How does it differ from legend, fairy tale and allegory? Do myths cross cultures? Davis (Don't Know Much About the Civil War) answers these and many other questions with his characteristic humor and charming storytelling. He examines the myths created by societies ranging from Egypt, Greece and Rome to Africa, India and the Americas, proceeding, as in his other books, by way of question and answer as he surveys each mythmaking culture. A who's who for each culture is also helpful. He shows the connections between myths of various cultures, such as the flood story of Noah in Genesis and that of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilsh. Among the questions and answers, Davis intersperses "mythic voices" from characters in the stories so readers can virtually hear the heroes of bygone...


Bulfinch's Medieval Mythology: The Age of Chivalry
Thomas Bulfinch
0486436535
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Here, in a dazzling panoply, are the legendary figures from the age of chivalry: King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Richard the Lionhearted and his crusaders, and a host of other famous and lesser-known characters. This collection includes tales from Camelot, dramatic narratives from The Mabinogeon, and stories of the noble warriors of English history. Bulfinch's skillful storytelling not only relates these ancient myths and legends but also discusses their roles in literature and art, with numerous allusions to poetry and paintings. Generations of children and adults have thrilled to these timeless tales, and young readers can find no better introduction to the enchantment of medieval myths and legends.


Theseus, Tragedy and the Athenian Empire
Sophie Mills
0198150636
Dec 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book traces the development of the Theseus myth and its importance for Athens. Mills examines all extant tragedies in which Theseus appear in order to assess the significance of his role as mythological representative of Athenian greatness. She argues that the Theseus of most Athenian
tragedy is carefully drawn to exemplify the idealized image of the Athenian "national character" that was prevalent in the age of the empire.


The Writer's Journey, Second Edition : Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler
0941188701
October 25, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
At the beginning of The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler asserts that "all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies." Some may be hard-pressed to accept this idea (and will wonder how storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare to Robert Altman might respond to the proposition). Others may imagine that since Vogler uses movies like the Star Wars trilogy and The Lion King to defend his mythological philosophy, he is, unwittingly, listing the reasons why Hollywood films of the last 20 years have been so unimaginative. But there's no doubt that Vogler's notion, based on psychological writings by Carl Jung and the mythmaking philosophy of Joseph Campbell, has been profoundly influential. Many screenwriters have used Vogler's volume to understand why certain...


The Metamorphoses (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

1593082762
June 2005
Paperback
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The Odyssey (Collector's Library)

0760750866
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Long before The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, the ancient Greek poet Homer established the standard for tales of epic quests and heroic journeys with The Odyssey. Crowded with characters, both human and non-human, and bursting with action, The Odyssey details the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca and hero of the Trojan War, as he struggles to return to his home and his waiting, ever-faithful wife, Penelope. Along the way he encounters the seductive Circe, who changes men into swine; the gorgeous water-nymph, Calypso, who keeps him a "prisoner of love" for seven years; the terrible, one-eyed, man-eating giant Cyclops; and a host of other ogres, wizards, sirens, and gods. But when he finally reaches Ithaca after ten years of travel, his trials have only begun. There he must battle the scheming...


The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths) (Myths)
Margaret Atwood
1841957178
November 9, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Drawing on a range of sources, in addition to The Odyssey, Atwood scripts the narrative of Penelope, the faithful and devoted wife of Odysseus and her 12 maids, who were killed upon the master's return. Atwood proposes striking interpretations of her characters that challenge the patriarchal nature of Greek mythology. The chapters transition between the firsthand account of Penelope and the chorus of maids as listeners are taken from Penelope's early life to her afterlife. Laural Merlington charmingly delivers the witty and perceptive Penelope with realistic inflection and emphasis. Some of her vocal caricatures seem over the top, but most voices maintain a resemblance to our perceptions of these mythic people. The maids are presented as a saddened chorus by a cloning of Merlington's voice. These dark figures...


A Companion to the Prologue to Apuleius' Metamorphoses
Ahuvia Kahane
0198152388
Feb 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Prologue of Apuleius' innovative novel, the Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass), has captivated readers and scholars from the Renaissance to the present day. This volume contains a new text and translation of the Prologue and a wide range of essays which highlight its importance for students of
Classical literature and modern literary theory.


D'aulaires' Book of Norse Myths (New York Review Children's Collection Series)
Ingri d'Aulaire
159017125X
August 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Norse myths are some of the greatest stories of all time. Weird monsters, thoroughly human gods, elves and sprites and gnomes, with grim giants nursing ancient grudges lurking behind—the mysterious and entrancing world of Norse myth comes alive in these pages thanks to the spellbinding storytelling and spectacular pictures of the incomparable d'Aulairse. In this classic book, the art of the Caldecott Award—winning authors of d'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, a longtime favorite of children and parent, reaches one of its pinnacles. It offers a way into a world of fantasy and struggle and charm that has served as inspiration for Marvel Comics and the Lord of the Rings.

About the Author
Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (1898–1986) studied art in Germany and France, and...


Mythology : Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
Edith Hamilton
0446607258
August 1, 1999
Paperback
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Card catalog description
A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths. Includes a brief section on Norse mythology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy
Erich Segal
0198721102
June 1983
Paperback
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Book Description
Greek tragedy, the fountainhead of all western drama, is widely read by students in a variety of disciplines. Segal here presents twenty-nine of the finest modern essays on the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. All Greek has been translated, but the original footnotes have been
retained. Contributors include Anne Burnett, E.R. Dodds, Bernard M.W. Knox, Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Karl Reinhardt, Jacqueline de Romilly, Bruno Snell, Jean-Pierre Vernant and Cedric Whitman.


Dragons: A Natural History
Karl Shuker
076074551X
July 2003
Hardcover
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The Girl Who Married a Lion : and Other Tales from Africa
Alexander Mccall Smith
0375423125
December 7, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Straying from the safety net of a bestselling series (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, etc.), Smith tells 40 traditional African folk tales with his by now signature humor, simplicity and reverence for African culture. With an introductory letter from No. 1 Lady Detective Mma Ramotswe as a preface, he sets the literary stage for a nostalgic stroll down his own personal memory lane. Born and raised in what is now Zimbabwe, Smith began collecting these stories as a child and combines them with several he gleaned from a friend who interviewed natives of Botswana. Many of the stories parallel classic Western tales, from Aesop to Mother Goose. The ubiquitous wolf-in-sheep's-clothing fable becomes a parable about a girl who unwittingly marries a lion. Other stories deal with familiar themes ranging from ingratitude...


Oxford Readings in Euripides
Judith Mossman
0198721846
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Few ancient authors are as challenging as Euripides, and few have provoked so many diverse critical opinions through the ages. This volume aims to bring together some classic essays illustrating the main strands of Euripidean criticism over the last forty years in a form convenient for
students. Two of the essays are translated here for the first time, and many others have been revised by their authors. There is a general introduction by the editor surveying the scholarly tradition. All Greek has been translated.


The Way of the Shaman
Michael Harner
0062503731
October 12, 1990
Paperback
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Nevill Drury, author of The Elements of Shamanism
"Harner has impeccable credentials, both as an academic and as a practicing shaman. Without doubt (since the recent death of Mircea Eliade) the world's leading authority on shamanism."

Stanislav Grof, author of The Adventure of Self-Discovery
"An intimate and practical guide to the art of shamanic healing and the technology of the sacred. Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman."

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Oxford Readings in Euripides
Judith Mossman
0198721854
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Few ancient authors are as challenging as Euripides, and few have provoked so many diverse critical opinions through the ages. This volume aims to bring together some classic essays illustrating the main strands of Euripidean criticism over the last forty years in a form convenient for
students. Two of the essays are translated here for the first time, and many others have been revised by their authors. There is a general introduction by the editor surveying the scholarly tradition. All Greek has been translated.


Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Brothers Grimm
1593080565
November 2003
Paperback
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The Adventures Of Ulysses
Bernard Evslin
0590425994
January 1, 1980
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-George Guidall, the Michael Jordan of audiobook narrators, provides a marvelous rendition of Bernard Evslin's young adult classic retelling of The Odyssey (Scholastic, 1966, pap. 1989). Following a prologue summarizing the ten year Trojan War, the story opens with Ulysses' departure with his men and three ships, laden with Trojan spoils, for Greece. And thus begins the most famous and revered decade long adventure in Western literature, replete with jealous and vindictive gods and goddesses, epic heroes, and fantastic creatures. Whether Guidall is enacting the heroic Ulysses, the bellowing Cyclops, Polyphemous, or somnolent Lotus-eaters, the Obie Award-winning actor's narration is exemplary and diverse, and will capture and retain the focus of all listeners from middle school to adult. This...


King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (Puffin Classics)
Roger Lancelyn Green, Lotte Reiniger (Illustrator)
0140366709
March 1995
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Relates the exploits of King Arthur and his knights from the birth of Arthur to the destruction of Camelot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside Flap Copy
Retold out of the old romances, this collection of Arthurian tales endeavors to make each adventure--"The Quest for the Round Table, " "The First Quest of Sir Lancelot, " "How the Holy Grail Came to Camelot, " and so forth--part of a fixed pattern that effectively presents the whole story, as it does in Le Morte D'Arthur, but in a way less intimidating to young readers. (All Ages) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
0385015836
October 19, 1962
Hardcover
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Book Review
No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities.

The D'Aulaires' illustrations have a memorable quality: once pored over, they will never leave the minds of the viewer. Decades later, the...


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