Classical Mythology - Images & Insights

Classical Mythology

Images & Insights

6th Edition
Now in Print

Classical Mythology surveys the entire spectrum of Greek and Roman myth, from tales of the world’s beginnings to the triumph of Rome. Containing more than 200 illustrations, plus many lavish color plates, the book includes both critical analysis of the myths and generous excerpts from the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid–as well as entire plays by Athenian dramatists. Recounting the deeds of gods and heroes in love and war, this text honors myth’s celebration of both erotic power and exciting action.

Stephen Harris at Crater Lake
Stephen Harris at Crater Lake

As an author and instructor, Steve Harris is interested in discovering the origins and historical development of familiar ideas and beliefs, from evolving concepts about God in biblical literature to the relationship between the human and divine in Greek and Roman myth. To find the sources of both Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman worldviews, he explores the seminal cultures of the ancient Near East, where many of today’s religious and philosophical assumptions about human life first took root.

Equally fascinated by the geologic forces that produced the Pacific Coast’s rugged mountainscapes, Harris also researches the individual biographies of the West’s major volcanoes, including Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Mazama (Crater Lake).