Comprehensive and scholarly, this well-designed text presents Greek and Roman myths in a lively and easy-to-read manner. The material has been rearranged to make it easier to find and the new edition has been streamlined. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations (ancient and modern) of classical myths and legends, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told. It also provides a cultural context so that readers can see how mythology has influenced the world and how it continues to influence society today.
A text springing from a course taught at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison since around 1933. It surveys classical myth, and also the roots of Western culture, emphasizing the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the stories were told along with analysis and interpretation. New translations from the Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Italian have been prepared for this volume by Herbert M. Howe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)