Author(s): Marion Findlay
Perhaps the most widely known and popular legacy of the civilisation of ancient Greece is the surviving collection of Greek myths and legends. These stories are often told in simple versions to entertain children, but the original tales had deeper meanings for those who told and those who listened. In Classical Mythology, Marion Findlay introduces the reader to some of the best-known myths of ancient Greece and helps us explore some of those deeper meanings. The text, which is written in a clear and lively style, covers material for the Year 12 Classical Studies course on the topic. The book also provides comprehensive and valuable background material for other Classical Studies topics such as Homer, Virgil, Greek drama, and Roman religion - and especially for Greek vase painting, since many of the stories depicted on Greek vases are told in detail in this text. Aspects of the topic that are discussed include: creation myths the Olympian gods and their Roman counterparts the exploits of Greek heroes the myths surrounding the royal houses of Mycenae and Sparta the legends of the Trojan war the influence of Greek mythology on the Roman world the enduring influence of Classical mythology on literature and the visual arts.