Oh My Gods by Philip Freeman
A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths

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The Greek and Roman myths have never died out; in fact they are as relevant today as ever in their sharp observations about human nature. For thousands of years they have inspired plays, operas, and paintings; today they live on in movies and video games.

Oh My Gods is a contemporary retelling of some of the most popular myths by Philip Freeman, a noted classicist. These tales of errant gods, fantastic creatures, and human heroes are brought to life in fresh and modern versions. Powerful Zeus; his perpetually aggrieved wife, Hera; talented Apollo; beautiful Aphrodite; fierce Athena; the dauntless heroes Theseus and Hercules; and the doomed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice still inspire awe, give us courage, and break our hearts.

From the astonishing tales of the Argonauts to the immortal narrative of the Battle of Troy, these ancient tales have inspired writers from Shakespeare to J. K. Rowling. In Philip Freeman’s vibrant retelling they will doubtless inspire a new generation of readers.

About Philip Freeman

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Philip Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned the first joint Ph.D. in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. The author of several previous books, including Alexander the Great, St. Patrick of Ireland, and Julius Caesar, he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa.Laurie Calkhoven is the author of many books, including George Washington: An American Life and Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedom. She lives in New York City. Visit her at LaurieCalkhoven.com.Drew Willis is an art director and illustrator working in New York City. Visit him at DrewWillis.com.
Published January 3, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The classical world now entered the age of history, though the ancient myths that so shaped their lives—and still shape ours—were never forgotten.” A collection of classical stories that could provide source material for a series of vivid graphic-literature adaptations.

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Freeman retells such familiar tales as the spinning contest between the goddess Athena and the great weaver Arachne, which ends with Athena turning Arachne into a spider that will forever weave beautiful patterns in her webs.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Freeman is to be commended for his attempt, sparked by the interest of his students, to bring the retellings of myth into the adult world, and his compendium of mythologies makes convenient one-stop shopping for readers who wish to explore the world of Greek and Roman myth beyond childhood treasu...

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