Presented in simple, yet flowing prose, Richard P. Martin delivers an accessible interpretation of the Greek myths for today's readers. Relive the triumphs and tragedies of Herakles, Perseus, Prometheus, Hermes, Zeus, and many more mortals and gods in this must-have volume.
Includes two easy-to-read maps of Ancient Greece, and eighteen original illustrations.
In this collection of 56 classic Greek myths, Martin (Greek & Latin literature, Stanford), an authority on the subject, retells such legendary stories as those of Herakles, Perseus, Prometheus, and Oedipus for a 21st-century audience. The book is divided into nine sections, each preceded by a brief but sufficient headnote that in lay readers' terms discusses some of the scholarship surrounding the stories to follow. By using a modern fiction format, Martin attempts to make these stories accessible to those who don't already know them while keeping them "at one remove" for those who do. What results is a group of somewhat chatty tales that would be too challenging for young adult readers but could work for those new to Greek mythology or for well-versed readers looking for a new perspective. Two maps of the Ancient Greek world, 18 useful illustrations (e.g., family trees), an index (not seen), and a list of further readings round out the work. Recommended only where librarians think the fiction format might appeal.-Katherine K. Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.