Jean-Pierre Vernant has devoted himself to the study of Greek mythology. In recounting these tales, he unravels for us their multiple meanings and brings to life the beloved figures of legend whose narratives lie at the origin of our civilization. With remarkable psychological acuity, Vernant presents a picture of the world as the Greeks understood it. The relationship between the human and the divine -- realms that have always been intimately connected -- and their place within a world of potent natural forces are evoked effortlessly in a narrative that retains the magical quality of myth and reads with the compelling momentum of a good novel.
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Yet, these are more than simple retellings of the great Greek myths: Vernant interprets the stories as he narrates them, creating a context for the myths within the broader Greek culture that created them, and providing helpful critical insights into the purpose of myth.| Read Full Review of The Universe, the Gods, and M...