Ancient Greek culture is one of the vital wellsprings of Western civilization. It has shaped its art and architecture, its drama and literature, and its philosophy and politics.
This book is a superbly illustrated guide to the ideas, beliefs, and achievements of this extraordinarily creative culture. Organized by themes such as "Images and Imagination" and "Pride, Fate, Glory," each chapter includes a number of short sections on a particular topic as well as several specific "features"—concepts, individuals, or sites such as Mt. Olympus or the Parthenon―related to one of these topics.
Included in the book are the adventures and conflicts of heroes from Herakles to Odysseus; the stories of such gods as Apollo and Aphrodite; the Dionysian revels; the noble ideals of the Olympic games; the Eleusinian mysteries, so secret that today we can only speculate about what they involved; and an overview of the Greeks' notable achievements in art and temple architecture.
Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Greeceoffers an accessible and enlightening introduction to a rich cultural heritage that continues to shape our world.
Emma J. Stafford is lecturer in the School of Classics at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Worshipping Virtues: Personification and the Divine in Ancient Greece.
144 pages 9 3/4 x 10 inches 110 color illustrations ISBN 978-0-89236-773-3 paperback