The Greek myths are among the best known if the world. Yet their origins were extremely diverse. Some enshrined rituals, others had a quasi-scientific meaning; same myths can be traced to ancient native religions, still others are explicable in psychological or anthropological terms.
Wherever their inspiration, the tales of Zeus, Hera, Athena and the other residents of Mount Olympus, as will as the deeds of Heracles, Theseus, Oedipus and the heroes of the Trojan War have proved a fertile source for artists and poets for 2500 years.
In this book John Pinsent tells familiar and unfamiliar stories of the Greeks gods and heroes, and traces the development o f particular myths from their most primitive forms to their most sophisticated versions. He explains Greek mythology as the dynamic product of Greek history, Greek society and Greek religion.