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During this insightful and soaking up booklet, individual historian and classical student Michael supply demonstrates the dynamic impact that old mythology has had at the inventive efforts of succeding centuries. He summarizes all of the myths in addition to the legends of the lesser gods and heroes, and lines their origins in historic truth or non secular fable. He then exhibits how myths have endured to conform in the course of the a long time. The author's extraordinary investigations lead from Pericles to Picasso, Homer to Freud, Apuleius to Grimm - and end up that mythological issues were always restated in artwork, technology, and folklore, as much as the current day.

Lively and engaging, this in-depth examine is complemented via maps, genealogical tables, and sixty four pages of photos. incorporated, too, are an appendix on extra myths, bankruptcy notes, and an up to date bibliography and index.

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