The Gods of Olympus: A History, 1st Edition

  • Barbara Graziosi
  • Published By: Profile Books
  • ISBN-10: 1847654282
  • ISBN-13: 9781847654281
  • DDC: 292.211
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade + - College Senior
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Elegant and entertaining, this is the history of the most vibrant characters in classical civilisation. With their vast appetites, great beauty, and warlike tendencies, it's hard to resist their pull on the imagination - even though, in antiquity, the gods of Olympus were just as often seen as cruel, over-sexed, mad, or just plain silly. And yet they were survivors, whose story only began with classical civilisation.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface Simonides Was Wise.
Introduction A Family Portrait.
1: Part I.
2: Birth: Archaic Greece.
3: At Home in Greece.
4: Epic Visions.
5: Critical Views.
6: Part II.
7: Dialogue: Classical Athens.
8: An Education for Greece.
9: Exile and Death.
10: Fictions and Fantasies.
11: Part III.
12: Travel: Hellenistic Egypt.
13: Farther than Dionysos.
14: Dead Gods and Divine Planets.
15: At Home in Alexandria.
16: Part IV.
17: Translation: the Roman Empire.
18: The Muses in Rome.
19: Ancestors, Allies, and Alter Egos.
20: Mutants.
21: Part V.
22: Disguise: Christianity and Islam.
23: Human Like You.
24: Demons.
25: Sackcloth and Scimitars.
26: Part VI.
27: Born Again: The Renaissance.
28: Petrarch Paints the Gods.
29: A Cosmopolitan Carnival of Deities.
30: Old Gods in the New World.
31: Epilogue: A Marble Head.
32: Color Plates.
The Twelve Gods.
List of Illustrations.
Further Reading and Notes.