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« Topic Start: February 20, 2010, 04:53:48 pm »

Title: The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology
Author(s): Roger D. Woodard (ed.
Publisher: Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0521607264
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
What is Greek myth, or mythology? In which media did and does Greek myth manifest itself? What is its impact on Greek and Western culture across the ages? These central questions underlie the companion program. No single book could ever achieve extensive answers to all the aspects implied. If a companion like this one presents an up-to-date collection of central sources for, approaches to, and debates on these complex themes, it achieves a lot.

The volume contains 16 contributions of experts, who have mostly worked years or even decades on their topics and really know what they write about. It is divided in three main sections. The first part, "Sources and Interpretations" (pp. 15-254), highlights the most important authors and/or genres of Ancient Greek mythology from the eighth century BC to Hellenistic times. The second one, "Response, Integration, Representation" (pp. 255-381), investigates the cultural spheres of Greek society permeated by myths (religion, art, landscape, and politics), and closes with Ovidian, which is to say Roman, adaptations of Greek myth. The last part, "Reception" (pp. 383-479), concentrates on the appropriation of Greek myth from the Middle Ages to modernity by taking into account feminist scholarship, literature, and cinema. Apart from the bibliography and the general index, sections on "Further Reading" following every contribution help the reader to get through the jungle of literature on Greek myth and mythology. Reproductions of vase paintings, sculptures, and film scenes in the middle of the book complete the impression of a thoughtfully composed ensemble.

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

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