By Helen Morales
From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of historical Greece and Rome appear to exert a undying strength over us. yet what do these myths symbolize, and why are they so enduringly interesting? Why do they appear to be one of these powerful means of speaking approximately our selves, our origins, and our wants? This inventive and stimulating Very brief advent is going past an easy retelling of the tales to discover the wealthy heritage and numerous interpretations of classical mythology. it's a wide-ranging account, reading how classical myths are used and understood in either excessive paintings and pop culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in long island, and discovering classical myths in quite a few unforeseen areas: from Arabic poetry and Hollywood movies, to psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism.
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They fought bitterly over who should rule Egypt, with the result that Danaus ﬂed Egypt and settled in Argos, where he established himself as king. However, Aegyptus’ enmity pursued them, as his 50 sons claimed their right, as kin, to marry their cousins. The denouement is as gloriously extravagant and 30 horrifying as any in Greek myth. Danaus agrees to the match, but gives each girl a dagger with orders to kill her husband on their wedding night. All obeyed, except Hypermestra, who (perhaps for love) spared her husband Lynceus.
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