Greek Gods, Human Lives by Professor Mary Lefkowitz
What We Can Learn from Myths

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In "Greek Gods, Human Lives", classicist Mary Lefkowitz reintroduces readers to the literature of ancient Greece. Lefkowitz demonstrates that these stories, although endlessly entertaining, are never frivolous. The Greek myths - as told by Homer, Ovid, Virgil, and many others - offer crucial lessons about human experience. Greek mythology makes vivid the fact that the gods control every aspect of the lives of mortals, but not in ways that modern audiences have properly understood. We can learn much from these myths, Lefkowitz shows, if we understand that they are stories about religious experience - about the meaning of divinity, the nature of justice, and the limitations of human knowledge. These myths spoke to ancient audiences and helped them to comprehend their world. With Mary Lefkowitz as an interpreter, these myths speak to us as well.

About Professor Mary Lefkowitz

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Published November 1, 2003 by Yale University Press. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The many readers of Wellesley College professor Lefkowitz's book Not Out of Africa (1996) discovered what her academic colleagues had known for decades—she has an encyclopedic grasp of classical literature and a knack for lucid if austere prose.

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