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Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Series Editor: Susan Deacy

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting new series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures of classical antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

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  1. Herakles

    By Emma Stafford

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    There is more material available on Herakles than any other Greek god or hero. His story has many more episodes than those of other heroes, concerning his life and death as well as his battles with myriad monsters and other opponents. In literature, he appears in our earliest Greek epic...

    Published November 28th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Aphrodite

    By Monica S. Cyrino

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure....

    Published March 29th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Apollo

    By Fritz Graf

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    Fritz Graf here presents a survey of a god once thought of as the most powerful of gods, and capable of great wrath should he be crossed: Apollo the sun god. From his first attestations in Homer, through the complex question of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the opposition between Apollo and Dionysos in...

    Published October 16th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Athena

    By Susan Deacy

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study. A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book&...

    Published February 8th 2008 by Routledge

  5. Perseus

    By Daniel Ogden

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    The son of Zeus, Perseus belongs in the first rank of Greek heroes. Indeed to some he was a greater hero even than Heracles. With the help of Hermes and Athena he slew the Gorgon Medusa, conquered a mighty sea monster and won the hand of the beautiful princess Andromeda. This volume tells of his...

    Published February 8th 2008 by Routledge

  6. Oedipus

    By Lowell Edmunds

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    An indispensable guide to the myth of Oedipus this book is the first to analyze its long and varied history from ancient times to the modern day, and presented with an authoritative survey that considers Oedipus in art and music as well as in literature. Lowell Edmunds accepts this variation as...

    Published October 11th 2006 by Routledge

  7. Dionysos

    By Richard Seaford

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    Covering a wide range of issues which have been overlooked in the past, including mystery, cult and philosophy, Richard Seaford explores Dionysos – one of the most studied figures of the ancient Greek gods. Popularly known as the god of wine and frenzied abandon, and an influential figure for...

    Published June 30th 2006 by Routledge

  8. Prometheus

    By Carol Dougherty

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    With no recent publications discussing Prometheus at length, this book provides a much-needed introduction to the Promethean myth of this rebellious god who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind. Seeking to locate the nature of this compelling tale’s continuing relevance throughout history, Carol...

    Published December 13th 2005 by Routledge

  9. Medea

    By Emma Griffiths

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    Giving access to the latest critical thinking on the subject, Medea is a comprehensive guide to sources that paints a vivid portrait of the Greek sorceress Medea, famed in myth for the murder of her children after she is banished from her own home and replaced by a new wife. Emma Griffiths brings...

    Published December 13th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Zeus

    By Ken Dowden

    Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

    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,...

    Published December 9th 2005 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Artemis
    By Stephanie Lynn Budin
    To Be Published July 9th 2015
  2. Ishtar
    By Louise M. Pryke
    To Be Published May 1st 2016

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