By Ken Dowden
Routledge – 2004 – 192 pages
The first book to capture a complete picture of the most important of Greek gods in one reliable volume for almost seventy years, this masterly and comprehensive study brings a new-millennium examination of the fascinating god Zeus.
Broad in scope, the book looks at myth, art, cult, philosophy, drama, theology and European painting amongst much more, and allows us to take seriously what it was to worship and respect the greatest of Greek gods, and to live through the aftershock of the Middle Ages and modern times.
Showing the evidence along the way, Zeus is student-friendly and includes:
Looking at the ancient Greeks their predecessor and their successors – the Romans and beyond – the book is engagingly written and speaks to a modern audience: this is Zeus from our remote ancestors to Wagner, and into the computer age.
'[This book] fizzes with ideas on every page' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review
"[Dowden's] careful presentation and analysis of the previous large bibliography makes this book a good introduction even to the study of ancient religion. Good illustrations add to its appeal. [This] is the best introduction to his image and cult"-Oxford Bibliographies Online
Introduction 1. The Origins of Zeus 2. The Worship of Zeus 3. The Portrait of Zeus (Archaic and Classical) 4. Hellenistic and Roman Zeus 5. Zeus and Jupiter in a Modern World
Ken Dowden is Professor of Classics at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include Greek and Roman religion, mythology and the novel. His previous publications include Death and the Maiden: Girls' Initiation Rites in Greek Mythology (Routledge, 1989) and The Uses of Greek Mythology (Routledge, 1992).