A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths by Steve Kershaw

By Steve Kershaw

The ebook leads the reader via those brilliant tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the widespread narratives are right here, in addition to a few much less widespread characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the publication explains key concerns coming up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.This long-overdue e-book crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and can be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly features of Greek mythology merely frequently to be had in disparate types - particularly children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's fascinating, excellent, and unusual in addition to established. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this attention-grabbing and critical quantity.

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A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths

The booklet leads the reader via those bright tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the usual narratives are the following, in addition to a few much less popular characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the publication explains key matters coming up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

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He had Amphitryon swear an oath to leave Alcmena a virgin during his absence. It is not altogether clear why, but it was probably Alcmena's idea; she apparently wanted to see her brothers avenged before settling into married life. This display of willfulness might have brought her to Zeus' attention. Amphitryon was spared this moral trial. While unloading the cattle, one of them charged, and he threw a club at her. The club bounced off the cow's horns and crushed Electryon's skull. It is easy enough to think this was not quite an accident, and that is what Sthenelus, Electryon's brother and next heir to the throne, used as a convenient excuse to exile Amphitryon and claim the throne for himself.

She and Pittheus, it seems, remained in Troezen, where Hippolytus had been sent for rearing and educating. When he was 50 years of age, Theseus and his friend Peirithous abducted Helen from Sparta when she was still a young girl. It is likely that Theseus planned to marry her when she came of age, for the two friends had vowed to marry daughters of Zeus. He secreted her at Aphidna, a town about 26 kilometers north of Athens, and summoned Aethra from Troezen to superintend her. After that, he and Peirithous journeyed to Epeirus to one of the entrances of the underworld in order that Peirithous might abduct Persephone.

The women were afterward commanded by an oracle to locate the tree and to worship it like the god Dionysus himself. Two carved images of the god were accordingly fashioned from the tree and venerated from that time. After such a grisly crime it was customary for the perpetrator to commit suicide, but it seems Agave followed her father to Illyria, where she married Lycotherses, the king. ) Agave later killed Lycotherses in order to gain the kingdom for her father. ] AGAVE (2) was one of the NEREIDES, daughters of Nereus and Doris.

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