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The Greek myths
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985.
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Combined edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1992.

Physical Description:
782 pages : maps ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Complete ed"--Cover.
The Pelasgian creation myth -- The Homeric and Orphic creation myths -- The Olympian creation myth -- Two philosophical creation myths -- The five ages of man -- The castration of Uranus -- The dethronement of Cronus -- The birth of Athene -- Zeus and Metis -- The fates -- The birth of Aphrodite -- Hera and her children -- Zeus and Hera -- Births of Hermes, Apollo, Artemis, and Dionysus -- The birth of Ero's -- Poseidon's nature and deeds -- Herme's nature and deeds -- Aphrodite's nature and deeds -- Ares's nature and deeds -- Hestia's nature and deeds -- Apollo's nature and deeds -- Artemis's nature and deeds -- Hephaestus's nature and deeds -- Demeter's nature and deeds -- Athene's nature and deeds -- Pan's nature and deeds -- Dionysus's nature and deeds -- Orpheus -- Ganymedes -- Zagreus -- The Gods of the underworld -- Tyche and Nemesis -- The children of the sea -- The children of Echidne -- The giant's revolt -- Typhon -- The Aloeids -- Deucalion's flood -- Atlas adn Prometheus -- Eos -- Orion -- Helius -- The sons of Hellen -- Ion -- Alcyone and Ceyx -- Tereus -- Erechtheus and Eumolpus -- Boreas -- Alope -- Asclepius -- The Oracles -- The Alphabet -- The Dactyls -- The Telchines -- The Empusae -- IO -- Phoroneus -- Europe and Cadmus -- Cadmus and Harmonia -- Belus and the Danaids -- Lamia -- Leda -- Ixion -- Endymion -- Pygmalion and Galatea -- Aeacus -- Sisyphus -- Salmoneus and Tyro -- Alcestis -- Athamas -- The mares of Glaucus -- Melampus -- Perseus -- The rival twins -- Bellerophon -- Antiope -- Niobe -- Caenis and Caeneus -- Erigone -- The Calydonian boar -- Telamon adn Peleus -- Aristaeus -- Midas -- Cleobis and Biton -- Narcissus -- Phyllis and Carya -- Arion -- Minos and his brothers -- The loves of minos -- The children of Pasiphae -- Scylla and Nisus -- Daedalus and Talos -- Catreus and Althaemenes -- The sons of Pandion -- Teh birth of Theseus -- The labours of Theseus -- Theseus and Medea -- Theseus in Crete -- The federalization of Attica -- Theseus and the Amazons -- Phaedra and Hippolytus -- Lapiths and Centaurs -- Theseus in Tartarus -- The death of Theseus -- Oedipus -- The seven against Thebes -- The Epigoni -- Tantalus -- Pelops and Oenomaus -- The children of Pelops -- Atreus and Thyestes -- Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra -- The vengeance of Orestes -- The trial of Orestes -- The pacification of the Erinnyes -- Iphigeneia among the Taurians -- The reign of Orestes -- The birth of Heracles -- The youth of Heracles -- The daughters of Thespius -- Erginus -- The madness of Heracles -- The first labour: The Nemean lion -- The second labour: The Lernaean hydra -- The third labour: The Ceryneian hind -- The fourth labour: The Erymanthian boar -- The fifth labour: The stables of Augeias -- The sixth labour: The Stymphallian birds -- The seventh labour: The Cretan bull -- The eighth labour: The mares of Diomedes -- The ninth labour: Hippolyte's girdle -- The tenth labour: The cattle of Geryon -- The eleventh labour: The apples of the Hesperides -- The twelfth labour: The capture of Cerberus -- The murder of Iphitus -- Omphale -- Hesione -- The conquest of Elis -- The capture of Phylus -- The sons of Hippocoon -- Auge -- Deianeira -- Heracles in Trachis -- Iole -- The Apotheosis of Heracles -- The children of Heracles -- Linus -- The Argonauts assemble -- The Lemnian women and King Cyzicus -- Hylas, Amycus, and Phineus -- From the Symplegades to Colchis -- The seizure of the fleece -- The murder of Apsyrtus -- The Argo returns to Greece -- The death of Pelias -- Medea at Ephyra -- Medea in exile -- The foundation of Troy -- Paris and Helen -- The first gathering at Aulis -- The second gathering at Aulis -- Nine years of war -- The wrath of Achilles -- The death of Achilles -- The madness of Ajax -- The Oracles of Troy -- The wooden horse -- The sack of Troy -- The returns -- Odysseus's wanderings -- Odysseus's homecoming.
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F rom the creation out of Chaos and the birth of Olympians to the Labours of Hercules, the Trojan War and Odysseus's return, Robert Grave's superb retelling of the Greek Myths - now published for the first time in a single volume in paperback - has long been acclaimed as the definitive version.

From sources scattered throughout ancient literature Graves used a novelist's skill to weave a crisp coherent narrative of each myth. Full commentaries offer cross-references, interpretations and explanations combining solid scholarship with the intuitive insight of a poet; even little-known variants are recorded when they reveal an extra dimension of ritual or historical meaning. (In principle, Graves boldly claimed, Greek mythology 'was no more mysterious in content than are modern election cartoons'.) A comprehensive index of names and their derivations adds to ease of use. The result is a classic among reference books, ideal for specialists, dippers or anyone seeking details of the gods, heroes and extraordinary events which inspired Homer, the Greek tragedians and so much subsequent European culture. And, since it naturally includes the tales of Tantalus and Theseus, Orpheus and Orestes, Midas and Medea, it also contains many of the greatest stories ever sold.

Author Notes

Robert Graves (also known as Robert Ranke Graves) was born in 1895 in London and served in World War I. Goodbye to All That: an Autobiography (1929), was published at age thirty three, and gave a gritty portrait of his experiences in the trenches. Graves edited out much of the stark reality of the book when he revised it in 1957.

Although his most popular works, I, Claudius (1934) and its sequel, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (1935), were produced for television by the BBC in 1976 and seen in America on Masterpiece Theater, he was also famous as a poet, producing more than 50 volumes of poetry.

Graves was awarded the 1934 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Also a distinguished academic, Graves was a professor of English in Cairo, Egypt, in 1926, a poetry professor at Oxford in the 1960s, and a visiting lecturer at universities in England and the U.S. He wrote translations of Greek and Latin works, literary criticism, and nonfiction works on many other topics, including mythology and poetry. He lived most of his life in Majorca, Spain, and died after a protracted illness in 1985.

(Bowker Author Biography)