A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths

Author: Stephen P. Kershaw

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472107543

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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The book leads the reader through these vibrant stories, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the book explains key issues arising from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance. This long-overdue book crystallises three key areas of interest: the nature of the tales; the stories themselves; and how they have and might be interpreted. For the first time, it brings together aspects of Greek mythology only usually available in disparate forms - namely children's books and academic works. There will be much here that is interesting, surprising, and strange as well as familiar. Experts and non-experts, adults, students and schoolchildren alike will gain entertainment and insight from this fascinating and important volume.
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The Triumph of the Sea Gods

The War against the Goddess Hidden in Homer's Tales

Author: Steven Sora

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594777527

Category: History

Page: 260

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An investigation of the geographical incongruities in Homer’s epics locates Troy on the coast of Iberia, in a conflict that changed history • Cites the rise in sea level in 1200 B.C. as leading to the invasion and victory of the Atlantean sea people over the goddess-worshipping Trojans who ruled the coasts • Identifies Troia (Troy) as part of a tri-city area that later became Lisbon, Portugal In The Triumph of the Sea Gods, Steven Sora argues compellingly that Homer’s tales do not describe adventures in the Mediterranean, but are adaptations of Celtic myths that chronicle an Atlantic coastal war that took place off the Iberian Peninsula around 1200 B.C. It was a war between the pro-goddess Celtic culture that presided over what is now Portugal and the patriarchal culture of the sea-faring Atlanteans. The invasion of the Atlantean sea peoples brought destruction to the entire region stretching from Western Europe’s Atlantic border to Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. This was a turning point not only politically but also spiritually. The goddess became demonized, as seen in myths such as Pandora’s Box in which woman was seen as the source of evil, not the origin of life, and Homer’s tale of the epic Greek and Trojan war, which was triggered by the abduction of a woman. The actual historical struggle described in Homer’s stories, Sora explains, occurred during what was the last in a series of rises in sea level that inundated various land masses (Atlantis) and permitted sea passage to areas previously accessible only by land. The “Sea Gods” (Atlanteans) attacked the tri-city region of Troia (Troy), near present-day Lisbon, which, shortly thereafter, fell victim to a devastating series of seaquakes and tsunamis. The war and the subsequent destructive weather broke the power of this seaboard civilization, leading to a wholesale invasion by the sea peoples and the rapid decline of the region’s goddess-worshipping culture that had reigned there since Neolithic times. Sora shows how Homer’s tales allow the modern world to glimpse this ancient conflict, which has been obscured for centuries.
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Understand Greek Civilization

Author: John Purkis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444163450

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 8841

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This remarkable and original introduction to Greek civilization starts with a tour of Greece, and uses real sights which you can visit today as a starting point for discussions of all aspects of Greek life. From art and architecture, to politics and propaganda, this is a unique and accessible guide to the civlizaton that shaped the world as it is today. Readers will gain new insights into the Greek past, its people, its psychology and its society - and they will feel encouraged and confident to visit Greece themselves or to read its most important texts.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire

Author: Eric Nelson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101199180

Category: History

Page: 408

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You're no idiot, of course. The battle scenes in Gladiator had you on the edge of your seat and wondering where you could find more information on the rise and fall of ancient Rome. But, so far, your search has left you feeling like a blundering barbarian. Pick yourself up off the Colisseum floor! Consult 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire', a fun-to-read introduction to the fascinating history, people, and culture of Ancient Rome. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get: -The history of the Roman Empire's rise and fall. -An idiot-proof introduction to the great epic literature of the Roman Republic. -A survey of the Romans in arts and popular culture. -Fascinating details of some of history's most nefarious emperors, including Nero, Caligula, and Commodus.
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