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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 enduring myth, it's rendering in art and literature, and its reception through the Roman period and up to the modern day.
This is the first scholarly book in English devoted to Perseus' myth in its entirety for over a century. With information drawn from a diverse range of sources as well as varied illustrations, the volume illuminates the importance of the Perseus myth throughout the ages.
"Although this series is intended for the general reader, Ogden has collected so much detailed information in the original sources that his book will also be read by specialists. Particularly interesting is the comparative evidence he adduces in an attempt to understand the meaning and function of this hero." -Oxford Bibliographies Online
The gods and heroes of classical antiquity are part of our culture, functioning as sources of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers, filmmakers and designers alike. This series is concerned with how and why these figures continue to fascinate and intrigue. But it has another aim too, namely to explore their strangeness. The familiarity of the gods and heroes risks obscuring a vital difference between modern meanings and ancient functions and purpose.
The diversity of the Gods and Heroes is recognised and the series consists not of biographies of each god or hero but of investigations into their multifaceted aspects within the complex world of ancient paganism. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World sheds new light on many of the most important religious beings of classical antiquity and provides a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the twenty-first century.
The series is geared to the needs of students in a wide range of fields from Greek and Roman religion and mythology, classical literature and anthropology, to Renaissance literature and cultural studies.