By Professor Peter Meineck, Recorded Books
Professor Peter Meineck examines intimately the far-reaching impact of Greek myths on Western concept and literature. the character of fable and its significance to old Greece by way of storytelling, song, poetry, faith, cults, rituals, theatre, and literature are seen via works starting from Homer's Illiad and Odyssey to the writings of Sophocles and Aeschylus. those lectures are an pleasing advisor to Greek mythology and a desirable look at the tradition and time that produced those everlasting tales. Read more...
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The Heroes of the Greeks. London: Thames & Hudson, 1997. Other Books of Interest Brommer, Frank. Heracles: The Twelve Labors of the Hero in Ancient Art and Literature. Trans. Shirley Schwartz. New Rochelle, NY: Caratzas, 1986. Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983. Euripides. Heracles. Euripides II. Trans. William Arrowsmith. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1952. LECTURE TWELVE Sophocles. Philoctetes. Trans. Kenneth McLeish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.
He gives Apollo the lyre after winning him over with song. The Legend of Perseus: The Hero Confronts Death Perseus is the son of Zeus and Danae. Acrisius is the king of Argos and the father of Danae. He wants a male heir, but the oracle tells him that his grandson from Danae will become his heir, and also kill him. Acrisius imprisons Danae in an underground bronze room. Zeus comes to her as a shower of gold and Perseus (“destroyer”) is conceived. When Perseus is seven Acrisius hears a child crying and learns of him.
He plans to have his son exposed at birth and orders the baby’s feet pinned to the side of a mountain. A herdsman takes pity on the child and gives him to a Corinthian. The child is adopted by the king of Corinth and grows up a Corinthian prince, unaware of his true origins. A drunken guest reveals that Oedipus is adopted. Confused, the young man goes to Delphi to consult Apollo’s oracle. There he learns he will kill his own 59 father. Determined never to return to Corinth and to avoid his fate, Oedipus heads toward Thebes.
Classical mythology : the Greeks by Professor Peter Meineck, Recorded Books