By Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome Appear to Employ a Classic power.
But what exactly do those myths signify, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why is it that they appear to be such a powerful method of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Brief Introduction goes beyond a straightforward retelling of these tales to explore the rich history and varied interpretations of classical mythology. It’s a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are being used and understood in both higher art and popular culture, taking the reader out of the temples of Crete into skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in many different surprising areas: by Arabic poetry and Hollywood movies, to psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism.