Songs on Bronze

Greek Myths Retold

Nigel Spivey
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The most accessible version of the Greek myths available, both a great introduction and an invaluable companion.

Songs on Bronze is the first major retelling of Greek mythology in half a century; a set of lively, racy, dramatic versions of the great myths, which, in a multicultural society, are recognized more than ever without equal.

Most of us would like to know the Greek myths better than we do, and the power of ancient texts still retain their power to enchant and enthral. And yet the modern translations of the Greek myths have sought to instruct, to edify, or to impart a personal philosophy. Songs on Bronze is different. With this book, Nigel Spivey - a young Cambridge classicist and rising broadcaster - gives us the Greek myths as the spellbinding stories they are. In bold, sensuous prose, he tells of Demeter and Persephone, of Jason and the Argonauts, of the wrath of Achilles and the travels of Odysseus, of Oedipus' crime and Orpheus' excursion into the underworld. In his hands, these stories are revealed anew as outsize tales of love and strife, of secret compacts and open rivalries, of lust and desire. Songs on Bronze is a fresh revision of the classics that is likely to become a classic in its own right.

Author bio:

Nigel Spivey was born in 1958, and is the author of The Ancient Olympics: A History among other books, and a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University.

Category: History
ISBN: 9780571215416
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Non Fiction
Pub Date: December 2005
Page Extent: 256
Format: Book
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Subject: History