Oh My Gods
A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths
By Philip Freeman
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451609974, 368pp.)
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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From acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, a contemporary retelling of classic Greek and Roman mythology.
The myths of Greece and Rome have never died out; in fact they are as popular today as ever. For thousands of years, these myths have been the basis for plays, operas, paintings, and movies. Freeman’s version of the myths will appeal to the many people who are unsure about some mythological references, and to everyone who enjoys reading stories about errant gods, fantastic creatures, and human heroes. Whether it is Zeus’s wandering eye, Theseus’s battle with the half-human, half-bull Minotaur, or the tribulations of lovers, such as Pyramus and Thisbe or Hero and Leander, these tales never fail to entertain. They are by turns sublimely beautiful and deeply disturbing; they provide valuable insights into the Greek and Roman imagination. They speak to fundamental aspects of human nature—our hopes, fears, desires—that have not changed.
Freeman’s version is contemporary and accessible. It reflects no school of critical interpretation, just a wish to share these stories in a version that is faithful to the originals. (Sometimes variations in the myths have been combined; sometimes one version has been chosen in preference to the others.)
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 was selected as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for January 2012. 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. Visit him at PhilipFreemanBooks.com.
"Electrifying. . . . Freeman brings the contentious, devious, shape-shifting, revengeful gods and goddesses, from Zeus and Hera on down, to towering life, recounting their violent exploits with verve and clarity."
"A thoroughly delightful book."
—Jules Wagman, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Each story is written eloquently and with sincere enthusiasm for the narration of these myths. . . . Highly accessible."
“Philip Freeman must be thanked for his contribution to the process of keeping the Classics alive in the modern world. . . . Oh My Gods is another contribution to the enlivening of antiquity and like his other works this collection is a thoughtful and essentially well-written work.”