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Symbolic Mythology: Interpretations of the Myths of Ancient Greece and Rome Paperback – October 21, 2001
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About the Author
John Fiore has been an educator in the field of literary studies for more than a decade. Utilizing his own critical theories, he has continually endeavored to make classical material more understandable, relevant, and enjoyable to todays readers. Symbolic Mythology is his first book about the myths of ancient Greece and Rome. He is married and lives in New York.
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It would be better called a modern translation of the myths of ancient Greece and Rome. For example, in relating the story of Orion the Hunter, Fiore puts elements of the story into modern language that young people would have no trouble understanding:
"Hush child!" Oenopian waved off Aero. "So, off you go, hunter! If you'd like to leave the names of your kin with my attendants, you know, just in case you should, ummm, get hurt, we'll certainly let them know what's happened to you. Good hunting!"
The entire book is presented in this manner and does include many of the myths studied in literature and mythology courses, divided into sections by loose topics like Power and Purpose, Gods and Goddesses, etc.
So for young people having trouble understanding the myths as written by the super old dudes like Homer, Virgil, and Euripedes this book may be just the ticket to help you understand what the heck it's all about so you can write your paper about it and not have to BS your way through it.