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The Heroes of the Greeks

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The heroes of Greek mythology - Achilles, Orpheus, Herakles, Oedipus and others - preoccupied the minds of the ancient Greeks no less than the gods themselves. This study uses original sources, archaeological findings and psychological insight to provide an account of the lives of these mythical figures. The narrative is complemented by illustrations from vase paintings an ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 1st 1978 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1958)
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This book (and its companion about heroes) is an interesting compromise between the simpler retellings, like D'Aulaire's and denser and more complicated renderings like Graves or Calasso. It is scholarly and comprehensive, but also straightforward and readable. The use of non-standard (non-latinate) transliterations of names from the Greek(Oidipous for the more familiar Oedipus, for instance) can be unnecessarily confusing.
Nov 15, 2009 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Greek legends
The Heroes of the Greeks was written by Károly Kerényi. His preface opens up the broad scope of the book, illuminating the Greek world which lies between the Caucasus Mountains and the mouth of the Guadalquivir River of Spain beginning about 1500 B.C. and lasting over two millennia. The introduction helps to clarify the subject of the book on legends of heroes by distinguishing them from history on the one hand and mythology on the other.

Károly Kerényi begins by explaining the role of heroes in
Pereus, Herakles, Theseus and many more are presented in this 400+ pages reference work. Like his Gods of the Greeks, it is the definitive work for scholars and lay-people alike. A must for any student of myth and its relationship to philosophy and spirituality.
Greek Mythology told well.

Although Mrs. Teel's, seventh grade "Greek Mythology" class at Walker Junior High School in La Palma, California, was even better in 1969.
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Retelling of many of the Greekl heroic myths in accessible and easy language.
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Károly (Carl, Karl) Kerényi was one of the founders of modern studies in Greek Mythology.

Karl Kerenyi is also published under the names Carl Kerenyi and Károly Kerényi.
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