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Theme of the Month: Mythology and Religion

Welcome to Routledge Classical Studies Theme of the Month collection!

Stories from myth are often the gateway into Classical Studies for students, while detailed studies of mythology and religion allow us to better understand how the world was conceived of and related to in antiquity. These books, drawn from our new and older collection on the subject, range from excellent introductions for the beginner to more in-depth studies, offering comprehensive coverage of a wide range of topics and themes from the ancient mythology and religion of Greece, Rome and the Ancient Near East.

Mythology and Religion

  • Achilles

    1st Edition

    By Marta González González

    Achilles is the quintessential Greek hero, but that does not mean that he is a conventional hero. His uniqueness is dictated by his birth, as the son of a sea goddess, and his education at the hands of a centaur. The hero’s exceptional nature also forms part of the tension that both unites and…

    Hardback – 2018-01-05
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Prophets, Prophecy, and Oracles in the Roman Empire

    Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman Cultures, 1st Edition

    By Leslie Kelly

    This book surveys the uses and function of prophecy, prophets, and oracles among Jews, Christians, and pagans in the first three centuries of the Roman Empire and explores how prophecy and prophetic texts functioned as a common language that enabled religious discourse to develop between these…

    Hardback – 2017-11-30
    Routledge Focus on Classical Studies

  • Baal and the Politics of Poetry

    1st Edition

    By Aaron Tugendhaft

    Baal and the Politics of Poetry provides a thoroughly new interpretation of the Ugaritic Baal Cycle that simultaneously inaugurates an innovative approach to studying ancient Near Eastern literature within the political context of its production. The book argues that the poem, written in the last…

    Hardback – 2017-11-02
    The Ancient Word

  • The Decadence of Delphi

    The Oracle in the Second Century AD and Beyond, 1st Edition

    By Kristin M. Heineman

    Examining the final years of Delphic consultation, this monograph argues that the sanctuary operated on two connected, yet distinct levels: the oracle, which was in decline, and the remaining religious, political and social elements at the site which continued to thrive. In contrast to Delphi,…

    Hardback – 2017-09-29

  • Omens and Oracles

    Divination in Ancient Greece, 1st Edition

    By Matthew Dillon

    Addressing the role which divination played in ancient Greek society, this volume deals with various forms of prophecy and how each was utilised and for what purpose. Chapters bring together key types of divining, such as from birds, celestial phenomena, the entrails of sacrificed animals and…

    Hardback – 2017-06-20

  • Ishtar

    1st Edition

    By Louise M. Pryke

    Ishtar is the first book dedicated to providing an accessible analysis of the mythology and image of this complex goddess. The polarity of her nature is reflected in her role as goddess of sexual love and war, and has made her difficult to characterise in modern scholarship. By exploring this…

    Hardback – 2017-06-16
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Ovid's Heroides

    A New Translation and Critical Essays, 1st Edition

    By Paul Murgatroyd, Bridget Reeves, Sarah Parker

    This volume offers up-to-date translations of all 21 epistles of Ovid’s Heroides. Each letter is accompanied by a preface explaining the mythological background, an essay offering critical remarks on the poem, and discussion of the heroine and her treatment elsewhere in Classical literature. Where…

    Paperback – 2017-05-23

  • Women's Ritual Competence in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean

    1st Edition

    Edited by Matthew Dillon, Esther Eidinow, Lisa Maurizio

    Contributions in this volume demonstrate how, across the ancient Mediterranean and over hundreds of years, women’s rituals intersected with the political, economic, cultural, or religious spheres of their communities in a way that has only recently started to gain sustained academic attention. The…

    Hardback – 2016-10-24

  • Classical Mythology: The Basics

    1st Edition

    By Richard Martin

    This is an engaging introduction which explores the latest thinking about Classical mythology, the history of interpreting myths and the role of myths in cultural tradition, from painting to opera, philosophy, politics, drama, and religion in the modern day. It answers such questions as what are…

    Paperback – 2016-05-10
    The Basics

  • Understanding Greek Religion

    1st Edition

    By Jennifer Larson

    Understanding Greek Religion is one of the first attempts to fully examine any religion from a cognitivist perspective, applying methods and findings from the cognitive science of religion to the ancient Greek world. In this book, Jennifer Larson shows that many of the fundamentals of Greek…

    Paperback – 2016-03-23
    Understanding the Ancient World

  • Artemis

    1st Edition

    By Stephanie Lynn Budin

    Artemis is a literary, iconographic, and archaeological study of the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, who presided over the transitions and mediations between the wild and the civilized, youth and maturity, life and death. Beginning with a study of the early origins of Artemis and her cult in the…

    Hardback – 2015-07-02
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Ritual Texts for the Afterlife

    Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets, 2nd Edition

    By Fritz Graf, Sarah Iles Johnston, Fritz Graf, Sarah Iles Johnston

    Fascinating texts written on small gold tablets that were deposited in graves provide a unique source of information about what some Greeks and Romans believed regarding the fate that awaited them after death, and how they could influence it.  These texts, dating from the late fifth century…

    Paperback – 2013-03-06

  • Herakles

    1st Edition

    By Emma Stafford

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-11-28
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Ancient Greek Cults

    A Guide, 1st Edition

    By Jennifer Larson

    Using archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources; and incorporating current scholarly theories, this volume will serve as an excellent companion to any introduction to Greek mythology, showing a side of the Greek gods to which most students are rarely exposed. Detailed enough to be used as a…

    Paperback – 2008-10-10

  • The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology

    Based on H.J. Rose's Handbook of Greek Mythology, 7th Edition

    By Robin Hard

    This new edition is a completely rewritten and revised version of Rose's original, seminal, text. Adding a huge amount of new material, Robin Hard incorporates the results of the latest research into his authoritative accounts of all the gods and heroes. The narrative framework of the book includes…

    Paperback – 2008-06-17

  • Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion

    1st Edition

    By Matthew Dillon

    It has often been thought that participation in fertility rituals was women's most important religious activity in classical Greece. Matthew Dillon's wide-ranging study makes it clear that women engaged in numerous other rites and cults, and that their role in Greek religion was actually more…

    Paperback – 2003-05-01

  • Who's Who in Classical Mythology

    3rd Edition

    By Michael Grant, John Hazel

    Who's Who in Classical Mythology is the most complete and detailed reference book of its kind. It offers scholarly, yet accessible accounts of those mythological tales surrounding such gods as Apollo, Zeus, Athena and Dionysus, and mortals such as Achilles, Odysseus, Jason, Aeneas, Romulus and…

    Paperback – 2001-10-04

  • A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology

    1st Edition

    By Dr Gwendolyn Leick

    The Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology covers sources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from around 2800 to 300 BC. It contains entries on gods and goddesses, giving evidence of their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by the texts, and defining…

    Paperback – 1998-10-01

  • The Uses of Greek Mythology

    1st Edition

    By Ken Dowden

    In an innovative sequence of topics, Ken Dowden explores the uses Greeks made of myth and the uses to which we can put myth in recovering the richness of their culture. Most aspects of Greek life and history - including war, religion and sexuality - which are discernable through myth, as well as…

    Paperback – 1992-09-10
    Approaching the Ancient World

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Understanding Greek Religion, is a Choice nominated Outstanding Academic Title. It is one of the first attempts to fully examine any religion from a cognitivist perspective, applying methods and findings from the cognitive science of religion to the ancient Greek world.

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