The gods of olympus: a history

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description

An elegant and entertaining account of the transformations of the Greek gods across the ages, from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present day

The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting classical Greece itself. In Egypt, the Olympian gods claimed to have given birth to pharaohs; in Rome, they led respectable citizens into orgiastic rituals of drink and sex. Under Christianity and Islam they survived as demons, allegories, and planets; and in the Renaissance, they triumphantly emerged as ambassadors of a new, secular belief in humanity. Their geographic range, too, has been little short of astounding: in their exile, the gods and goddesses of Olympus have traveled east to the walls of cave temples in China and west to colonize the Americas. They snuck into Italian cathedrals, haunted Nietzsche, and visited Borges in his restless dreams.

In a lively, original history, Barbara Graziosi offers the first account to trace the wanderings of these protean deities through the millennia. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological sources, The Gods of Olympus opens a new window on the ancient world, religion, mythology, and its lasting influence.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780805091571
9781250062345
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Tagging
Tags:
No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 6561ff11-530c-6b75-8e20-89387d645dfd
Grouping Title gods of olympus a history
Grouping Author graziosi barbara
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-09-14 23:31:34PM
Last Indexed 2018-09-25 01:41:02AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Graziosi, Barbara,
author_display Graziosi, Barbara
available_at_school Hillsboro High
collection_school Non-Fiction
detailed_location_school Hillsboro High - Teen Non-Fiction
display_description "The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting classical Greece itself. In Egypt, the Olympian gods claimed to have given birth to pharaohs; in Rome, they led respectable citizens into orgiastic rituals of drink and sex. Under Christianity and Islam they survived as demons, allegories, and planets; and in the Renaissance, they triumphantly emerged as ambassadors of a new, secular belief in humanity. Their geographic range, too, has been little short of astounding: in their exile, the gods of Olympus have traveled east to the walls of cave temples in China, and west to colonize the Americas. They snuck into Italian cathedrals, haunted Nietzsche, and visited Borges in his restless dreams. In a lively, original history, Barbara Graziosi offers the first account to trace the wanderings of these protean deities through the millennia. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological sources, The Gods of Olympus opens a new window on the ancient world and its lasting influence"--
format_category_school Books
format_school Book
id 6561ff11-530c-6b75-8e20-89387d645dfd
isbn 9780805091571, 9781250062345
item_details ils:CARL0000476328|35192048088730|Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction|292.211 G785g|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||HM||, ils:CARL0000476328|35192048088748|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|292.211 G785g|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||EP||, ils:CARL0000476328|35192050414246|Looby - Adult Non-Fiction|292.211 G785g|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||LO||, ils:CARL0000476328|35192050414253|Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction|292.211 G785g|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||RP||, ils:CARL0000652039|QQ00185664|Hillsboro High - Teen Non-Fiction|292.21 GRA|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||66435||
itype_school Book
last_indexed 2018-09-25T06:41:02.002Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_school 292.21 GRA
owning_library_school Schools
owning_location_school Hillsboro High
primary_isbn 9780805091571
publishDate 2014, 2015
record_details ils:CARL0000476328|Book|Books|First Picador edition.|English|Picador, a Metropolitan Book, Henry Holt and Company,|2015.|x, 290 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm., ils:CARL0000652039|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company,|2014.|x, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_school
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000476328 35192050414253 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000476328 35192048088730 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000476328 35192048088748 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
ils:CARL0000476328 35192050414246 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000652039 QQ00185664 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Civilization -- Greek influences, Goddesses, Greek, Gods, Greek, Mythology, Greek
title_display The gods of olympus : a history
title_full The gods of Olympus : a history / Barbara Graziosi, The gods of olympus : a history / Barbara Graziosi
title_short The gods of olympus :
title_sub a history
topic_facet Civilization, Goddesses, Greek, Gods, Greek, Greek influences, Mythology, Greek