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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Second Impression edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451609973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451609974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classics professor Freeman (Alexander the Great, 2010) fell in love with ancient Greek and Roman myths as a child and as a teacher has witnessed their undiminished power. He now presents uniquely uncensored and nonacademic retellings for adults of these indelible tales of rampaging lust, hubris, and fate. In his electrifying versions, the “sublime beauty and disturbing twists” intrinsic to these essential and transfixing myths blaze forth as never before. After an illuminating account of how these tales have been preserved over the centuries, 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. In this treacherous world of monsters, doomed lovers, and heroes male (Hercules) and female (Atalanta and sisters Procne and Philomela), beauty is a liability, immortality never equals wisdom, and humans are mere playthings. Freeman also offers fresh takes on such timeless stories as those of the Argonauts and Aeneas. A resounding collection of the endlessly compelling stories of passion, blood, valor, and tragedy that define the human condition. --Donna Seaman

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"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."
Booklist


"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."
Library Journal

“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.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

More About the Author

Philip Freeman is the Orlando W. Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Philology and Celtic Languages and Literatures. He has taught at Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. His books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.

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Mr. Freeman is a masterful storyteller.
CDiaz Nj
Overall, nice, clear, and interesting non-fiction writing recommended for anyone who loves classical mythology.
LibStaff2
It's witty, easy to follow and fun to read.
Barry D. Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CDiaz Nj on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you have never read a Philip Freeman book before this is a great place to start! Mr. Freeman is a masterful storyteller. His writing style makes complex historical figures completely accessible. In this book however, Freeman takes on the ancient Greek and Roman myths that many of us already know at least SOMETHING about. Or so we think! As it turns out, we've been reading basically, sanitized versions of these stories. Freeman now presents them in their full gory, bloody, sexy and outrageous glory. It's uncensored and unbelievable! For those of us familiar with Freeman, his ability to convey these tales with such ease is nothing new. But if this is your first time at the dance, you will find yourself immediately drawn into these tales and hungry for more! This is a book worth reading and then reading again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry D. Miller on December 27, 2012
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This book is an excellent introduction to all the Greek gods, goddesses, nymphs and everyone else in between. As someone who never studied them in school, I was delighted when this book came out. It's witty, easy to follow and fun to read. Great job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on July 5, 2013
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Gave me all the info I needed to put events and names together. Myth characters get a little confusing at times, but that is not the fault of the author. It is the nature of the beast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilly on July 4, 2013
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Cute good. Quick read with lots of good and fun info about all the Gods. You'll read this book more then once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gderf on May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This extensive retelling of Greek and Roman mythology is a very exciting read though repetitive and tiresome in spots. This is the book to learn the details. The author is careful to give alternative versions of many of the legends. The very detailed story lines emphasize the gruesome aspects of strife and revenge. It's interesting to see elements of later religious texts in stories of flood and sacrifice. The book ends in the gray area between myth and recorded history, especially for early Rome. More detailed family trees would have been welcome although I suppose they are available elsewhere. Even so it's a great reference for us readers with a weak memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.G on March 31, 2013
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This book was not really what I thought it would be, but I still loved it. I thought it would be a 'modern re-telling' something similar to Gods Behaving Badly.... but it is really more of an encyclopedia of Greek Gods, giving a straightforward and didactic account of their lives/deeds. Well written and super informative.
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