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Myths of the Greeks and Romans

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s/t: A fascinating study of the world's great myths and their impact on the creative arts through the ages
In this insightful and absorbing book, distinguished historian and classical scholar Michael Grant demonstrates the dynamic effect that ancient mythology has had on the creative efforts of succeding centuries. He summarizes all the myths as well as the legends of the l
Paperback, 1st edition Mythology, 496 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Meridian (first published 1962)
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Aug 14, 2007 Joslyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for a dependable mythological resource
not as good as Edith Hamilton's Mythology, but still well written, just not as well organized. It has some great illustrations, though, and an short story meets non-fiction style of telling the tales. It's not really a read through type of book, but serves better as a go to for information on a particular myth.
Stuart Dean
Mar 06, 2017 Stuart Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scholarly study of mythology from Greek and Roman times. Each chapter has a brief synopsis of the myth to be studied and then the story of its origin, development, and impact on future literature. Starts with the oldest, Homer, and moves along chronologically through Euripides and Virgil and Ovid, along with many others.

Interesting work follows how myths developed, from the original oral songlike tradition to written plays where the song is maintained through the use of the Chorus. Eventually
May 28, 2011 Vasha7 rated it liked it
I bought this book because I hoped it would be a good summary of up-to-date points of view on the Greek myths, but it turns out to be no such thing; despite its deceptively updated cover, it was first published in 1962. It sorely feels the lack of half a century of archaeological and historical research, and of theoretical and literary perspectives.

This is a pity, because the conception of the book, as a way of organizing the vastness of its material, is a good one: choose a number of ancient l
Jan 18, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
Michael Grant is one of the greatest historians of the classical world. I have read several of his books and this compendium of mythology did not disappoint me. In the essays included here Grant does more than summarize each of the major myths of the Greeks and Romans; he also discusses the influence culture had on them and that they have had on subsequent literature. Thus there are discussions not only of Shakespeare's extensive use of these myths, but also adaptations and interpretations by au ...more
Matt Bianco
Feb 02, 2011 Matt Bianco rated it really liked it
Finished this book as part of my ongoing study of Greek and Roman mythology.

Michael Grant retells the myths (both small and great, Greek and Roman) and then provides commentary on how culture and literature influenced their writing, as well as how they influenced the culture and literature that followed them. He does not shy away from eastern influences, nor Biblical influences. And he covers ancient influences, as well as modern art that has been influenced. Further, he discusses these influen
May 27, 2011 Old-Barbarossa rated it liked it
Interesting and informative primer/reminder of the main classical myths and themes.
Most of the big tales are here and each is covered in 3 or more parts: outline of the tale; background; influences and imitations etc.
Dry at times but on the whole a good start to my re-immersion in the classics.
Serge Pierro
Sep 27, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
An interesting book that covers the Greek and Roman myths in both text and photographs. The photographs include coinage, statues, paintings etc. A good overview.
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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