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Vincent Hannity

From Savagery to Civilization: The Power of Greek Mythology

From Savagery to Civilization: The Power of Greek Mythology

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Whay Have the Stories of Classical Mythology Endured for 2500 Years?

The ancient Greeks, bedeviled by nearly unbearable adversities, struggled throughout the Bronze Age to define their cultural identity. In the end they prevailed. They emerged from savage tribalism to become the world's first democracy and one of its greatest civilizations.

To help scale those heights, the Greeks created an elaborate mythology. They filled it with anthropomorphic gods and mind-bending tales of suffering and heroism -- lessons in how to survive and thrive in an extremely harsh environment.

Myths of cosmology. . . .Gaia and Uranus, earth and sky, the primordial couple and first generation of gods; Zeus, supreme leader of the Olympian gods with his invincible masculine will to power; Demeter, goddess of grain and agriculture, who continually sorrows; Persephone, queen of the underworld, who repeatedly dies and returns; Aphrodite, goddess of love and sexual desire, who both starts and ends the Age of Heroes; and more....

Myths of human evolution. . . .Prometheus, who shoots fire through the imaginations of men; first woman Pandora, who releases the entire world's evils, except hope; ancient Greece's greatest hero Heracles, who suffers, dies and becomes immortal; and more....

Trojan War myth....Brilliant but brutal Achilles, whose rage nearly brings defeat to the Greeks; Hector, the greatest warrior on the battlefield, except for Achilles; Trojan King Priam, who puts to his lips the hand of the man who killed his son; wily Odysseus, who outwits giants, witches, goddesses and cannibals to return home and claim his wife and throne; and more....

House of Atreus -- Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Orestes, Electra and Iphigenia....From the atrocities of this arch-dysfunctional family a new form of social justice emerges; and more....

Blind Oedipus, who suffers from innocently fulfilling a prophecy of patricide and incest; Antigone, who dies for exactly following the gods' instructions in violation of the king's orders; and more....

The Romans: Aeneas, the Trojan prince who establishes Roman civilization; Romulus, who slays his twin Remus, then founds Rome; and more....

And 2500 years later we study them still. Why?

Author: Vincent Hannity
Publisher: Vincent Hannity
Published: 01/31/2019
Pages: 212
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.64lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.45d
ISBN: 9780578416168

About the Author
Hannity, Vincent: - Mr. Hannity's formal education includes a degree in English with minors in Latin and ancient Greek, philosophy, and education from Gonzaga University -- earned more than 50 years before publication of this book. Since then, he and friends of like mind have continued an informal education studying the world's classic literature. Simultaneously, he pursued an executive business career with Boise Cascade Corporation, from which he is now retired. He served as Chair of the Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and as member of other nonprofit boards. He and his wife, Janet, have four children and five grandchildren. The couple resides in Boise, Idaho.

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