Travelling Heroes

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Explores how the intrepid seafarers of eighth-century Greece sailed around the Mediterranean, encountering strange new sights - volcanic mountains, vaporous springs, huge prehistoric bones - and weaving them into the myths of gods, monsters and heroes that would become the cornerstone of Western civilization: the Odyssey and the Iliad.
Robin Lane Fox's "Travelling Heroes" proposes a new way of thinking about the Greeks and their myths in the age of the great Homeric hymns.

Combining a lifetime's familiarity with Greek literature and history with the latest archeological discoveries and the author's own journeys to the main sites in the story, it describes how particular Greeks of the eighth century BC travelled east and west around the Mediterranean, and hoh their extraordinary journeys shaped their ideas of their gods and heroes.

Gathering together stories and echoes from many different ancient cultures, not just the Greek, it ranges from Mesopotamia to the Rio Tinto at Huelva in modern Portugal.
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Weight 0.406000
Author Robin Lane Fox
Availability IP
Department History
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780140244991
Pages 528
Published 29/10/2009
Publisher Penguin
Section History
Size Unfolded 20x13cm
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