Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths

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Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths

Format:  Hardcover,

348 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9781451609974

ISBN-10: 1451609973

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From acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, a contemporary retelling of classic Greek and Roman mythology.
The myths of Greece and Rome have never died out; in fact they are as popular today as ever. For thousands of years, these myths have been the basis for plays, operas, paintings, and movies. Freeman's version of the myths will appeal to the many people who are unsure about some mythological references, and to everyone who enjoys reading stories about errant gods, fantastic creatures, and human heroes. Whether it is Zeus's wandering eye, Theseus's battle with the half-human, half-bull Minotaur, or the tribulations of lovers, such as Pyramus and Thisbe or Hero and Leander, these tales never fail to entertain. They are by turns sublimely beautiful and deeply disturbing; they provide valuable insights into the Greek and Roman imagination. They speak to fundamental aspects of human nature--our hopes, fears, desires--that have not changed.
Freeman's version is contemporary and accessible. It reflects no school of critical interpretation, just a wish to share these stories in a version that is faithful to the originals. (Sometimes variations in the myths have been combined; sometimes one version has been chosen in preference to the others.)

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451609974
ISBN-10: 1451609973
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 348
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.19
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.33 x 1.17 x 9.52
Walmart No.: 9781451609974

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Review by Library Journal (2011-12-23)

Freeman (classics, Luther Coll.; St. Patrick of Ireland) presents his retelling of classical Greek and Roman myths using modern language intelligible to general readers. He successfully does this without glossing over the raw power and chaos of the original tales-each story is written eloquently and with sincere enthusiasm for the narration of these myths. Organized within accessible categories such as Creation, Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Lovers, and Rome and with narrative notes at the back explaining his sources, he focuses on both the large mythos and events like the battle of Troy, while also paying special attention to less-well-known or less-understood myths such as the story of the Roman hero Horatius or the goddess Hestia. Genealogies of the various Gods, heroes, and their descendants and a glossary, along with notes and suggestions for further reading, supplement this already informative text.

Verdict: Highly accessible, this book will be a welcome choice for general readers and those newer to the subject of classical myths.

-Jennifer Harris, Mercyhurst Coll. Lib., Erie, PA

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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From acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, a contemporary retelling of classic Greek and Roman mythology.

The myths of Greece and Rome have never died out; in fact they are as popular today as ever. For thousands of years, these myths have been the basis for plays, operas, paintings, and movies. Freeman’s version of the myths will appeal to the many people who are unsure about some mythological references, and to everyone who enjoys reading stories about errant gods, fantastic creatures, and human heroes.

Whether it is Zeus’s wandering eye, Theseus’s battle with the half-human, half-bull Minotaur, or the tribulations of lovers, such as Pyramus and Thisbe or Hero and Leander, these tales never fail to entertain. They are by turns sublimely beautiful and deeply disturbing; they provide valuable insights into the Greek and Roman imagination. They speak to fundamental aspects of human nature—our hopes, fears, desires—that have not changed.

Freeman’s version is contemporary and accessible. It reflects no school of critical interpretation, just a wish to share these stories in a version that is faithful to the originals. (Sometimes variations in the myths have been combined; sometimes one version has been chosen in preference to the others.)

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