Voyages in Classical Mythology
by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
November 1994, 472pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-87436-734-8
$72, £54, 60€, A103
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Ancient Greek and Roman mythology is filled with tales of exploration and discovery—of daring journeys to distant lands, the heavens, and the fearsome Underworld. Relive many of the classic mythological tales in this fascinating A–Z encyclopedia.

Voyages in Classical Mythology takes 44 great classical adventure tales of mythology and exploration and retells them in this beautifully written volume.

Organized by character or traveler’s name, each entry includes a description of the voyager’s life, their journey, alternate versions of the story, symbolism, cross-references, and a list of ancient sources. Each entry in Voyages in Classical Mythology is accompanied by a map, helping readers trace the routes of heroes and deities whose quests took them to such faraway destinations as Egypt, Sparta, Troy, and the Black Sea.

Tales include some of mythology’s greatest moments, including Daedalus’s trip to Crete, his entrapment in the labyrinth he designed, and the fateful flight back to Italy with his son, Icarus; Helen’s voyage from Greece to Troy and back again; and Orpheus’s journey to the Underworld to retrieve his bride. Voyages in Classical Mythology also includes a convenient glossary of relevant terms from Greek and Roman Mythology and a detailed index. The eloquent text makes the complex themes of classical scholarship accessible to a wide range of readers. Students and nonspecialists of any age will thoroughly enjoy these fascinating journeys.

Features

  • Well-illustrated, each entry is accompanied by a map, helping readers trace the routes of heroes and deities
  • Includes a convenient glossary of relevant terms from Greek and Roman Mythology
  • Provides a detailed index for easy access to entries
Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an educator and expert in classical mythology, literature, and the humanities. She received her masters degree in English from Appalachian State University.
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