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« Topic Start: February 18, 2010, 10:54:40 am »

Title: Apollo. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Author(s): Fritz Graf
Publisher: London/New York:  Routledge
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 0415317118
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
Fritz Graf's contributions to the scholarship of ancient myth and religion over the last decades need not be rehearsed here, but it seems worth saying at the outset of this review that his remarkable breadth of learning and depth of thought on these subjects are on full display in his new volume on the god Apollo for Routledge's series Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. This is the source of the book's clear virtues but also, depending on one's view of the series' format and audience, of its only serious flaw (aside from an absurdly high price). How does one cram all that learning into the book's 175 pages of text? Not very comfortably, it turns out, but I suspect that the strengths of the book will ensure it a healthy audience, though one that will not necessarily match that envisioned in its preface (xiii), namely the "general reader" and "students in a wide range of fields." Those who know the series and how it has been received by reviewers may be feeling a sense of déjà vu at this point.1 My own impression is that this book will be of use primarily to those already with a solid basic grounding in Greek myth and religion and previous exposure to the most important literary sources that Graf employs. So advanced undergraduates moving beyond the rudiments, graduate students and secondary school teachers preparing to teach units or sections of courses on Apollo, and instructors of college-level myth courses looking for fresh ideas strike me as natural audiences. They will be pleased with this content-rich, up-to-date, and intelligent book but probably wish that the series' format allowed for more consistent documentation of sources and bibliography. Less advanced students and the general reader will be rewarded if they have the interest level to hang on and are not overly troubled at being puzzled frequently by the intricacies even of Graf's simplified view of Apollo, one of the most complex of the divine figures from Greek myth and religion.

Read the full review at the Bryn Mawr Classic Review web site.

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Fritz Graf here presents a survey of a god once thought of as the most powerful of gods, and capable of great wrath should he be crossed: Apollo the sun god.

From his first attestations in Homer, through the complex question of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the opposition between Apollo and Dionysos in nineteenth and twentieth-century thinking, Graf examines Greek religion and myth to provide a full account of Apollo in the ancient world.

For students of Greek religion and culture, of myth and legend, and in the fields of art and literature, Apollo will provide an informative and enlightening introduction to this powerful figure from the past.

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