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Very Short Introductions

Classical Mythology A Very Short Introduction

Author: Helen Morales

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2007)

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction explores the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths and examines how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture. The influence of classical myths can be found in the temples of Crete, skyscrapers in New York, Arabic poetry, Hollywood films, psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism. The myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about ourselves, our origins, and our desires?

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