Download E-books Oedipus and the Sphinx: The Threshold Myth from Sophocles through Freud to Cocteau PDF

By Almut-Barbara Renger

Whilst Oedipus met the Sphinx at the street to Thebes, he did greater than solution a riddle—he spawned a fantasy that, informed and retold, might develop into one in every of Western culture’s vital narratives approximately self-understanding. making a choice on the tale as a threshold myth—in which the hero crosses over into an unknown and unsafe realm the place ideas and boundaries should not known—Oedipus and the Sphinx offers a clean account of this mythic come upon and the way it offers with the innovations of liminality and otherness.

 

Almut-Barbara Renger assesses the story’s meanings and features in classical antiquity—from its presence in historical vase portray to its absence in Sophocles’s tragedy—before arriving at of its significant reworkings in ecu modernity: the psychoanalytic concept of Sigmund Freud and the poetics of Jean Cocteau. via her readings, she highlights the ambiguous prestige of the Sphinx and divulges Oedipus himself to be a liminal creature, delivering key insights into Sophocles’s portrayal and constructing a theoretical framework that organizes reviews of the myth’s reception within the 20th century. Revealing the narrative of Oedipus and the Sphinx to be the very paradigm of a key transition skilled via all of humankind, Renger situates delusion among the competing claims of technology and paintings in an engagement that has vital implications for present debates in literary reviews, psychoanalytic concept, cultural background, and aesthetics.

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Download E-books Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Ovid

Metamorphoses--the best-known poem by way of one of many wittiest poets of classical antiquity--takes as its subject switch and transformation, as illustrated by way of Greco-Roman fantasy and legend. Melville's new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of Ovid's type, and its smooth idiom deals a clean realizing of Ovid's exact and elusive imaginative and prescient of reality.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative worthy positive aspects, together with specialist introductions via top specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional examine, and masses more.

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Download E-books Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel PDF

By Jacqueline Carey

Fathered by means of an incubus, raised via a mortal mom, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police division, Daisy Johanssen pulled the neighborhood jointly after a summer time tragedy happened the lodge city she calls domestic. issues are again to normal—as common because it will get for a city well-known for its supernatural tourism and presided over through the reclusive Norse goddess Hel.
 
Not in basic terms has Daisy now won appreciate as Hel’s enforcer; she’s relationship Sinclair Palmer, a pleasant, possible basic human man. now not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. regrettably, Sinclair has a mystery. And it’s an important one.
 
He’s descended from obeah sorcerers, they usually wish him again. If he doesn’t go back to Jamaica to absorb his rightful position within the family members, they’ll unharness spirit magic which could have dire effects for the city. It’s Daisy’s task to forestall it, and she’s going to want loads of support. yet time is operating out, the useless are growing to be stressed, and one mistake might rate Daisy everything.…

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Download E-books Go for the Gold, Atalanta! (Myth-O-Mania) PDF

By Kate McMullan

The tale approximately Atalanta wasting a race simply because she stopped to assemble the golden apples Melanion threw in her direction is totally flawed. the parable most folk understand is a lie created by means of that myth-o-maniac Zeus. in truth, Atalanta can have gained that race it doesn't matter what! Hades is again to bare the reality in the back of one other Greek delusion.

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Download E-books Wars of the Irish Kings: A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I PDF

By David W. McCullough

For the 1st thousand years of its heritage, eire was once formed by means of its wars. starting with the legends of historic battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings strikes via a time while background and storytelling have been both prized, into the age while heritage was once as a lot propaganda as truth. This extraordinary ebook tells of tribal battles, international invasions, Viking raids, kinfolk feuds, wars among rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of uprising opposed to the English. whereas the battles shaped the legends of the land, it was once the folk combating the battles—Cuchulain, Finn MacCool, Brian Boru, Robert the Bruce, Elizabeth I, and Hugh O’Donnell—who formed the future and identification of the Irish state.

This is the true tale of ways eire got here to be, instructed via eyewitness money owed from one thousand years of fight, introduced jointly for the 1st time in a single quantity. It’s a shockingly rapid and wonderful portrait of an all-but-forgotten time that cast the eire of at the present time.

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Download E-books Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent PDF

By Devdutt Pattanaik

An exploration of ninety nine vintage myths of India from a completely non-Western paradigm that gives a clean realizing of the Hindu religious landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the tales of the Bible, historic Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia

• seems to be on the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia

• Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and artwork of historical India are nonetheless bright at the present time and tell the modern generation

From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu religious panorama is populated via characters that locate no parallel within the Western non secular international. Indian Mythology explores the wealthy tapestry of those characters inside of ninety nine vintage myths, displaying that the mythological international of India will be most sensible understood after we movement clear of a Western, monotheistic frame of mind and into the polytheistic international of Hindu traditions.

Featuring forty eight inventive renderings of vital mythological figures from throughout India, the writer unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and art of historical India to bare the strain among world-affirming and world-rejecting rules, among conformism and contradiction, among Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking ebook opens the door to the unknown and unique, offering a glimpse into the wealthy mythic culture that has empowered thousands of people for hundreds of years.

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Download E-books Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) PDF

By John Day

This masterly e-book is the climax of over twenty-five years of analysis of the impression of Canaanite faith and mythology on old Israel and the previous testomony. it truly is John Day's magnum opus within which he units forth all his major arguments and conclusions at the topic. The paintings considers intimately the connection among Yahweh and a few of the gods and goddesses of Canaan, together with the major gods El and Baal, the good goddesses (Asherah, Astarte and Anat), astral deities (Sun, Moon and Lucifer), and underworld deities (Mot, Resheph, Molech and the Rephaim). Day assesses either what Yahwism assimilated from those deities and what it got here to reject. extra normally he discusses the effect of Canaanite polytheism on historical Israel and the way monotheism was once finally achieved.

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Download E-books Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures PDF

By Theresa Bane

This exhaustive quantity catalogs approximately 3 thousand demons within the mythologies and lore of almost each old society and so much religions. From Aamon, the demon of lifestyles and copy with the pinnacle of a serpent and the physique of a wolf in Christian demonology, to Zu, the half-man, half-bird personification of the southern wind and thunder clouds in Sumero-Akkadian mythology, entries supply descriptions of every demon's origins, visual appeal and cultural importance. additionally integrated are descriptions of the demonic and diabolical contributors making up the hierarchy of Hell and the various species of demons that, based on a variety of folklores, mythologies, and religions, populate the earth and plague mankind. Very completely listed.

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Download E-books The Oresteian Trilogy: Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Aeschylus

The in simple terms surviving trilogy from precedent days - a narrative of homicide, insanity and justice

Aeschylus (525-c.456 bc) set his nice trilogy within the rapid aftermath of the autumn of Troy, whilst King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in warfare. Agamemnon depicts the hero's discovery that his kinfolk has been destroyed by means of his wife's infidelity and ends along with his loss of life at her callous hand. Clytemnestra's crime is repaid in The Choephori whilst her outraged son Orestes kills either her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he's hounded to Athens by way of the Furies' legislations of vengeance and depicts Athene changing the bloody cycle of revenge with a approach of civil justice. Written within the years after the conflict of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not just from Persian conquest, but in addition from its personal barbaric past.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes via exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Heroides (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Ovid

Within the twenty-one poems of the Heroides, Ovid gave voice to the heroines and heroes of epic and fantasy. those deeply relocating literary epistles display the happiness and torment of affection, because the writers inform in their ache at separation, forgiveness of infidelity or anger at betrayal. The devoted Penelope wonders on the suspiciously lengthy absence of Ulysses, whereas Dido bitterly reproaches Aeneas for too eagerly leaving her mattress to keep on with his future, and Sappho—the basically ancient determine portrayed here—describes her ardour for the cruelly rejecting Phaon. within the poetic letters among Paris and Helen the fans appear oblivious to the tragedy prophesied for them, whereas in one other alternate the younger Leander asserts his foolhardy eagerness to hazard his lifestyles to be along with his liked Hero.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior through introductions and notes via exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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