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The Greek myths have a universal appeal, reaching far beyond the time and physical place in which they were created. But many are firmly rooted in specific settings: Thebes dominates the tragedy of Oedipus; Mycenae broods over the fates of Agamemnon and Electra; Knossos boasts the scene of Theseus' slaying of the Minotaur; Tiryns was where Heracles set out from on each of his twelve labours. Here, the reader is taken on a tour of 22 destinations in Greece and Turkey, from Mount Olympus to Homer's Hades, recounting the tales from Greek mythology and the history associated with each, evoking their atmosphere and highlighting features that visitors can still see today. Drawing on a wide range of Classical sources, with quotations newly translated by the author and freshly illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, this book is both a useful visitor's guide to famous sites connected with Greek mythology and an enthralling imaginative journey for the armchair traveller.
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'An innovative approach to Greek mythology ... original and entertaining' - British Museum Magazine 'A friendly and intelligent guide, which serves well as a general introduction to Greek mythology. It would also make for a gratifying travel companion, offering easy on-site access to beautiful and relevant quotations from ancient literature' - Minerva
David Stuttard taught Classics for eleven years in Edinburgh, St Andrews and York, and has written numerous books on the Classical world including Greek Mythology: A Traveller's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy, A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives and The Romans Who Shaped Britain (with Sam Moorhead), all published by Thames & Hudson. He is the founder of the theatre company Actors of Dionysus and a Fellow of Goodenough College, London.
Introduction * 1. Mount Olympus * 2. Sunium * 3. Eleusis and the Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone * 4. Delos * 5. Delphi * 6. Ephesus * 7. Paphos * 8. Pylos * 9. Olympia, Pelops and the Games * 10. Thebes * 11. Tiryns and the Labours of Heracles * 12. Iolcus and Mount Pelion * 13. Corinth and False Promises of Love * 14. Argos, Land of Hera, Home of Heroes * 15. Athens * 16. Knossos * 17. Calydon * 18. Sparta * 19. Mycenae and the Curse on Agamemnon's Family * 20. Troy * 21. Ithaca and the Wanderings of Odysseus * 22. Hades