Classical Mythology

Genre: Classics

Classical MythologyA Very Short Introduction

Performed by:
Julia Whelan
Very Short Introductions

From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about ourselves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the listener from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from Arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism. About the series: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These audiobooks are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly listenable.

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Run time: 4 hours
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Author
Helen Morales
Narrator
Julia Whelan

Biography:
A former child actor, Julia Whelan has appeared in numerous films and television shows, most notably in ABC’s acclaimed series Once and Again. After majoring in Creative Writing at Middlebury College, Julia began narrating audiobooks. She has garnered multiple Earphones Awards, been repeatedly named one of AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices, was named Audible.com's Narrator of the Year, and won an Audie Award.

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