From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, this collection of classic tales from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible vitality of a timeless cultural legacy.
Here are Icarus flying too close to the sun, mighty Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel, the Trojans and their wooden horse, brave Perseus and beautiful Andromeda, wandering Odysseus and steadfast Penelope. Their stories and the stories of the powerful gods and goddesses who punish and reward, who fall in love with and are enraged by the humans they have created, are set forth simply but movingly, in language that retains the power and drama of the original works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Homer.
Edited by Gustav Schwab
Introduction by Werner Jaeger
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library.
About the Author
GUSTAV SCHWAB (1792-1850) was a German writer, educator, pastor, and publisher. Born in Stuttgart, he studied philology, philosophy, and theology at the University of Tubingen. Schwab's collection of myths and legends of classical antiquity was published in 1838 and was widely used in German schools. WERNER JAEGER (1888-1961) was one of the great classicists of the twentieth century. He immigrated to the United States from Prussia in 1936 and taught classics first at the University of Chicago and then at Harvard University. He is best known for his multi-volume work Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture.
“A superb volume, the keystone for any home library.”—The New Yorker
“A book to be grateful for. . . . Schwab retells the legends of ancient Greece with splendid vigor and charm.” —Commonweal