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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 ancient myths and who invented them
where do gods come from
what makes a hero
how is Classical myth used in the modern world
and what approaches are there to the study of myth?
Featuring further reading and case studies from antiquity to the modern day, this is an essential introduction to the myths which have been a fundamental part of Western culture throughout history.