Curated by The Paideia Institute
The Ancient Greek Myths Retold
‘Gods and Mortals’ by Sarah Iles Johnston, ‘Arcadian Days’ by John Spurling and ‘Greek Myths’ by Charlotte Higgins.
A terracotta relief sculpture showing Odysseus returning to Penelope, ca. 460-450 B.C.
PHOTO: SEPIA TIMES/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP/GETTY IMAGES
Whatever the ferment of contemporary literary culture, the myths and legends of ancient Greece continue to be a rich source of story and reference. In our censorious era, there is something wonderfully unkillable about the old gods and heroes. If anything, our attachment to the Greeks is becoming more intense, judging from the appearance of a tranche of fine new (and new-ish) retellings of old, old stories...
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