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Hercules.

By Stiernhielm Georg

Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksells/ Gebers Forlag , 1957 Stiernhielm [1598-1672) was the first Swedish poet to apply the verse meters of antique poets to the Swedish language, modifying their principle of long and short syllables to a principle of stressed and unstressed syllables, which better suits the phonology of Swedish. His most famous is "Hercules", an epic poem in hexameters, about how Hercules in his youth is being tempted by Fru Lusta ("Mrs. Lust") and her daughters to choose an immoral lifestyle for his future. The allegory, known as Hercules at the crossroads, can be traced back to the Athenian sophist Prodicus of Ceos, as preserved in Xenophon. This small format book contains a facsimile of the first edition of the poem published in Fraktur type by Johannem Pauli in Uppsala in 1658. [unpaginated] followed by an essay by Sten Lindroth and word explanations by Carl Ivar Ståhle. 90p. Name of previous owner on ffep, else fine.. Facsimile Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

$35.00

The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of The West's Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made it
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The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of The West's Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made it

By Connelly, Joan Breton

New York: A.A.Knopf, 2014 Built in the fifth century b.c., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West’s ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? And apart from the significance with which we have invested it, what exactly did this marvel of human hands mean to those who made it? In this revolutionary book, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians. Beginning with the natural environment and its rich mythic associations, she re-creates the development of the Acropolis -the Sacred Rock at the heart of the city-state- from its prehistoric origins to its Periklean glory days as a constellation of temples among which the Parthenon stood supreme. In particular, she probes the Parthenon’s legendary frieze: the 525-foot-long relief sculpture that originally encircled the upper reaches before it was partially destroyed by Venetian cannon fire (in the seventeenth century. ... The frieze’s vast enigmatic procession -a dazzling pageant of cavalrymen and elders, musicians and maidens - has for more than two hundred years been thought to represent a scene of annual civic celebration in the birthplace of democracy. But thanks to a once-lost play by Euripides (the discovery of which, in the wrappings of a Hellenistic Egyptian mummy, is only one of this book’s intriguing adventures), Connelly has uncovered a long-buried meaning, a story of human sacrifice set during the city’s mythic founding. In a society startlingly preoccupied with cult ritual, this story was at the core of what it meant to be Athenian. Connelly reveals a world that beggars our popular notions of Athens as a city of staid philosophers, rationalists, and rhetoricians, a world in which our modern secular conception of democracy would have been simply incomprehensible. The Parthenon’s full significance has been obscured until now owing in no small part, Connelly argues, to the frieze’s dismemberment. And so her investigation concludes with a call to reunite the pieces, in order that what is perhaps the greatest single work of art surviving from antiquity may be viewed more nearly as its makers intended. Marshalling a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, full of fresh insights woven into a thrilling narrative that brings the distant past to life, The Parthenon Enigma is sure to become a landmark in our understanding of the civilization from which we claim cultural descent. 512p. illus [some col] bibliography,index . 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$21.00

The Olive-Tree Bed and Other Quests

By Lee, M. Owen

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997 "The Olive-Tree Bed and Other Quests", the Fourth in the series of Robson Lectures published by the University of Toronto Press, is Owen Lee's study of the quest myth as it occurs in Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, Wagner's Parsifal and Goethe's Faust. Though the four works represent four different genres -- oral epic, written epic, music drama, and poetic drama -- each deals with the finding of an elusive goal attainable only by the hero called to find it. The questing for the olive-tree bed, the Golden Bough, the Holy Grail, and the Eternal Feminine is, at the deepest level, the hero's search to find the meaning in his life. .... this volume is also a personal memoir written in the belletristic style for which its author has become known. Father Lee wears his learning lightly, and his writing changes from chapter to chapter as it reflects, in turn, the clarity and naive sense of wonder in Homer, the darkness and ambivalence in Virgil, the intuitive mysticism of Wagner, and the riotously imaginative exuberance of Goethe. Each of the four quests comes eventually to be seen as every person's search to discover himself -- for the journey of the hero is the myth each of us is called to live. 175. bibliography. index. Softcover. As New.

$17.50

The Traveler's Key to Ancient Greece : A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Greece
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The Traveler's Key to Ancient Greece : A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Greece

By Geldard, Richard G.

New York: A.A.Knopf, 1989 ".devoted to the glorious temples, sanctuaries, theatres ,palaces, and sacred mountains, springs and caves, as well as the great sculpture, frescoes and mosaics inspired by the Greek gods." Places in Greece and the myths, legends and worship associated with them. 323p. illus.index. 1st.US Ed... Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$15.00

Olympian Plays: A Comprehensive Introduction to Greek Mythology Written in Television Script Form
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Olympian Plays: A Comprehensive Introduction to Greek Mythology Written in Television Script Form

By Raguso, Viola M

V.M. Raguso: Olympian Plays, 1989 Most people think of the immortals and mortals in Mythology as staid and remote individuals, as remote from them in character as they are in time. But if one reads Mythology as a panarama of life, then the personages become very personal. For example, Zeus is the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, but he is also a father who loses his very own son and is helpless to do anything about it. Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love, but she is also a victim of love in her tragic liaison with Adonis. Hermes is the con artist of Olympus, yet he is helplessly entrapped by Aphrodite's charms. Apollo is the most beautiful of the gods, but he has great difficulty in winning the hearts of young virgins. Mythology is replete with these kinds of ironies, which in most books are lost in the tapestry of people, places and events. For this reason I have chosen drama as the format to present a comprehensive introduction to Mythology. I believe drama is the perfect vehicle to draw the parallels and to focus on the ironies of life that are present in Mythology. I have further used a simplified television script format to bring Mythology closer to the modern reader. If in some particular life situation, a reader recalls a similar event in Mythology and identifies with it, my plays will have served a useful purpose. 636p. llllus.[B & W]. Reprint.. Hardcover. Fine.

$17.50

Myths of the Greeks and Romans

By Grant,Michael

New York: Mentor, 1962 432 p. illus,maps.bibliography,index (ffep missing, marks on title page). Reprint.. Pbk. Good.

$5.00

Greek Gods, Human Lives : What We Can Learn from Myths
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Greek Gods, Human Lives : What We Can Learn from Myths

By Lefkowitz, Mary F

New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, 2003 The mythology of ancient Greece has fascinated readers for two millennia and has formed the basis of Western civilization. The Greek gods are a perennial source of delight because they seem so much like us: in their rages, their love affairs, and their obsession with honor, the gods often appear all too human. 288p. illus. bibliography.index.. 1st US Ed... Hard Cover. New/New.

$25.00

Greek Gods, Human Lives : What We Can Learn from Myths
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Greek Gods, Human Lives : What We Can Learn from Myths

By Lefkowitz, Mary F.

New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, 2003 The mythology of ancient Greece has fascinated readers for two millennia and has formed the basis of Western civilization. The Greek gods are a perennial source of delight because they seem so much like us: in their rages, their love affairs, and their obsession with honor, the gods often appear all too human. 288p. illus. bibliography.index.. 1st US Ed... Hard Cover. New/New.

$25.00

Four Ages of Man : The Classical Myths

By Macpherson, Jay

Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1962 The ancient myths of Greece and Rome set out in four phases - creation and coming of the gods, pastoral life and ordering of the seasons, adventures and labours of the heroes, war, tragic tales and decline into history. 211p. maps on endpapers. 1st Can Ed.. Paper Covered Boards. Good>Very Good.

$10.00

The Glory of Hera : Greek Mythology and the Greek Family

By Slater, Philip E.

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992 The ancient Athenians were "quarrelsome as friends, treacherous as neighbors, brutal as masters, faithless as servants, shallow as lovers--all of which was in part redeemed by their intelligence and creativity." Thus writes Philip Slater in this classic work on narcissism and family relationships in fifth-century Athenian society. Exploring a rich corpus of Greek mythology and drama, he argues that the personalities and social behavior of the gods were neurotic, and that their neurotic conditions must have mirrored the family life of the people who perpetuated their myths. The author traces the issue of narcissism to mother-son relationships, focusing primarily on the literary representation of Hera and the male gods and showing how it related to devalued women raising boys in an ambitious society dominated by men. "The role of homosexuality in society, fatherless families, working mothers, women's status, and violence, male pride, and male bonding--all these find their place in Slater's analysis, so honestly and carefully addressed that we see our own societal dilemmas reflected in archaic mythic narratives all the more clearly." 513p. bibliography. index. Neat tight copy but with notes and underlinings. 1st Pbk Ed... Softcover. Good.

$12.50

The Jason Voyage : The Quest for the Golden Fleece.

By Severin,Tim

London: Hutchinson, 1985 Reconstruction of the Argo and of her voyage under sail and oar from Greece to Colchis (Georgia) - an exciting quest,with illustrations. HC 262p.plates.illus. maps.. 1st UK Edition.. Hard Cover. As New/As New. Illus. by Drawings by Trondur Patursson.

$35.00

The Religion and Mythology of the Greeks

By Guthrie,W.K.C

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964 This is fasicule # 2 intended as part of Volume II Chapter XL of the Cambridge Ancient History series - Revised edition, Volumes I & II [55p. Bibliography] "In order to make .[the CAH] .available to readers as soon as possible it will be issued, in the first instance, as fasicles. With some exceptions [each] will contain one chapter, but the order of publication will not correspond to the sequence of the chapters . In the volumes of the complete editon the pages will be renumbered, and prefatory matter, maps, chronological tables and indexes will be included. The plates will be issued in a separate volume") Paper covers slightly damaged. FirstThus.. Original Wraps. Good - Very Good.

$10.00

Elleniki Mythologia : Tomos G - Dodekatheo Athesn, Posieidonas, Demetra, Apollon, Artemis, Hermes. Ares, Aphrodite

Athens: To Vima, 2013 Volume 3 of a 4 volume set [parts will NOT be sold separately ] Introduced and edited by Ioannis Th. Kakridis with contributions by Evangelos N. Roussos, Nikolaos Papachatzis, Catherine Kamaretta, Aristoxenos D. Skiadas.. Reissue.. Softcover. New Book from Greece.

$20.00

Elleniki Mythologia : Tomos B - Kosmogonia Dodekatheos , Dias Ka Hera

Athens: To Vima, 2013 Volume 2 of a 4 volume set [parts will NOT be sold separately ] Introduced and edited by Ioannis Th. Kakridis with contributions by Evangelos N. Roussos, Nikolaos Papachatzis, Catherine Kamaretta, Aristoxenos D. Skiadas. [WorldCat lists NO copies in the USA]. Reissue.. Softcover. New Book from Greece.

$20.00

The Myth of The Eternal Return.[Bollingen Series XLVI]

By Eliade, Mircea

New York: Pantheon, 1965 Translated from the French by Willard R. Trask. Originally published in French as "Le Mythe de l'eternal retour: archetypes et repetition" 1949. Gallimard. 195p. bibliography. index Clean, crisp, unmarked, previous owner's name inside front cover, else near fine. 1st US Ed... Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good, Slight Chips & Tear.

$75.00

Elleniki Mythologia : Tomos D - Dodekatheo, Hepheistos, Dionysos, Mikroteroi Kai Omadikoi Theoi

Athens: To Vima, 2013 Volume 4 of a 4 volume set [parts will NOT be sold separately ] Introduced and edited by Ioannis Th. Kakridis with contributions by Evangelos N. Roussos, Nikolaos Papachatzis, Catherine Kamaretta, Aristoxenos D. Skiadas.. Reissue.. Softcover. New Book from Greece.

$20.00

Elleniki Mythologia : Tomos A - Eisagogi Analyse Kai Hermeneia Tou Ellenikou Mythou

Athens: To Vima, 2013 Volume 2 of a 4 volume set [parts will NOT be sold separately ] Introduced and edited by Ioannis Th. Kakridis with contributions by Evangelos N. Roussos, Nikolaos Papachatzis, Catherine Kamaretta, Aristoxenos D. Skiadas. [WorldCat lists NO copies in the USA]. Reissue.. Softcover. New Book from Greece.

$20.00

The Traveler's Key to Ancient Greece : A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Greece
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The Traveler's Key to Ancient Greece : A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Greece

By Geldard, Richard G.

New York: A.A.Knopf, 1989 ".devoted to the glorious temples, sanctuaries, theatres ,palaces, and sacred mountains, springs and caves, as well as the great sculpture, frescoes and mosaics inspired by the Greek gods." Places in Greece and the myths, legends and worship associated with them. 323p. illus.index. 1st.US Ed... Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$15.00

Greek Myths (Volume II)

By Graves,Robert

London: Folio Society, 2000 ( VOLUME 2 ONLY!] Entertaining,original & wide-ranging survey of Greek Mythology. A nice reprint from the Folio Society. First published in 1955 by Penguin Books. revised 1960. The text of this edition [1996] follows that of the 1960 edition except for the deletion of Graves' source notes. Introduction by Kenneth McLeish, Illustrations by Grahame Baker. p.343-700.index. Maps on endpapers.. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Fine. Illus. by Illustrations By Grahame Baker.

$20.00

The Stories of the Greeks : Men and Gods, Greeks and Trojans, The Vengeance of the Gods.

By Warner,Rex

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1967 Stories about Greece based on ancient literary sources : " Gods & Men" has its basis in Ovid's Metamorpohses; "Greeks and Trojans" on Homer's Iliad; and "Vengeance of the Gods" on the plots of the ancient Greek dramatists. All three popular books are now reprinted in an omnibus volume.105p. illus. Clean crisp tight copy, but slight bumps on 2 corners, else near fine. 1st.US Ed... Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

$21.00

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