In Classical Mythology: The Greeks, widely published Professor Peter Meineck examines in thrilling detail the far-reaching influence of Greek myths on Western thought and literature. The nature of myth and its importance to ancient Greece in terms of storytelling, music, poetry, religion, cults, rituals, theatre, and literature are viewed through works ranging from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey to the writings of Sophocles and Aeschylus. Through the study of these time-honored myths, the Greek heroes and gods - including Heracles, Zeus, Achilles, Athena, Aphrodite, and others - leap from the page in all their glorious splendor. The following lectures are not only an entertaining guide to Greek mythology, but a fascinating look into the culture and time that produced these eternal tales.
©2004 Peter Meineck; (P)2004 Recorded Books
I think Peter Meineck does a wonderful job here of explaining Greek mythology. I can now confidently approach literature which have Greek mythological references and have a greater appreciation and understanding of its origins. There are 14 lectures where Prof. Meineck covers the major greek mythological characters. A wonderful discovery of learning if you ask me!
Very, very informative with alot of perspective as to the meaning of all these Gods, with excellant reasoning. If you like mythology get this audio, if you dont like mythology get it anyway, because you soon will!!
I'm a high school literature teacher who is teaching myths and the Odyssey. I found Meineck's lectures very interesting and helpful; I'm on my second listen now. If you know very little or nothing of myths and the Odyssey and Illiad, you would benefit from reading a bit about those before hearing the lectures. You certainly don't need an exhaustive knowledge of the stories though.
Though it is perhaps not earth shattering, this substantial course provides an excellent introduction to Greek mythology, focusing largely on the Iliad and the Odyssey.
It is very well organized by themes such as ‘Gender in Myths’, ‘Myths of Identity’, ‘Myths of Initiation’, etc.
As in a real classroom, the lectures are occasionally enriched by answers to some questions from students.
Another bonus is access to a web site where a ‘final exam’ is provided.
This enjoyable course is strongly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in Classical mythology. Personally, I certainly look forward to listening to it a second time!
I have always wanted to learn more about Greek mythology and its meanings then and today. This course was both easy to listen too, learn form, and enjoy. The accompanying pdf transcription download from the writers site is also an incredible resource.
No but I certainly would
No and I couldn't have the subject is so large
This was the only book I had, to listen to at the time, I know very little about mythology, and it is not on the top of my list for knowledge enhancement. I started listening to this book, with the intension of downloading another book when I could...I listened to the whole thing and found I was interested in learning more.
I couldn't seem to find a decent college level greek mythology class to take in the evenings so I downloaded this and I'm very happy with it. I've read the Iliad and the Odyssey but not some of the other writings that he covers. Works and Days is next on my list. This is a great overview. His voice in nice too, not just bearable.
It depends what it was about. He narrates really very well indeed.
He has this weird approach, generally, which seems to leap from "myths can't be taken literally because they're only myths" to fairly detailed extrapolation of the social behaviour of the day from the said myths.
When he, an ex-Royal Marine, got the date of the WW1 Gallipoli campaign wrong!
There've been loads of movies using the Greek myth stories.
Generally great, but a bit weirdly obsessed with gender issues.
"Entertaining, informative and thought provoking!"
I studied Greek Mythology as part of my degree many years ago, and so was expecting to find this nice but a bit basic. Not so! This is brilliant both as a beginners guide and for people with more in depth knowledge. Peter is a natural storyteller with a gift for presenting complex theories in a simple, easily absorbed fashion. There's a good mix of subject matter and the information itself is fascinating. I would recommend it to anyone! It's the best thing I've downloaded from audible so far.
I've not heard them all yet, but I cant get enough of Professor Meinecks lectures on the Greek myths. Brilliant so far and so informative Professor Meineck has you thinking of these myths in different ways and puts new slants on the reasons for them. Interesting lecturer, with the lectures set out in an easy to follow production. Give me more.
"So I said to Aphrodite"
Five minutes in and you know that you have struck gold. Meineck is a great speaker - this is no dry lecture but an engaging tour through these great stories. You never get bored and your attention will not drift. Do you really want to listen to this whilst sitting in the traffic in the rain - absolutely! You can smell the retsina and feel the sun on your back. Great stuff. Almost as good as Clash of the Titans.......
This is a very good overview of Greek Mythology. Meinick really knows his stuff and his relaxed style of lecturing makes it easy on the ear. Excellent information-wise and enjoyable.
What a wealth of knowledge I have gained by listening to this audio book, it mesmerised me so much that I bought the Iliad on audible.
Anyone with an interest with mythology wouldn't be dissapointed, Proff Meineck gave the lectures in such a way that it was very easy to understand and made me want to learn more.
Peter Meineck is brilliant, both in the content and delivery. I will certainly listen to others in this series.
Very entertaining and engaging speaker. Casual tone and very informative. Covered all major aspects yet was not dry. Especially entertaining recount of the Odyssey, the lecturer makes one relate to Odysseus.
I especially enjoyed the stories about the early titans and their scuffles.
The lectures are well structured with objectives and summary.
A set of relaxed but insightful lectures on Classical Mythology, sometime they feel quite conversational, but in a good way. Can recommend.
"Fascinating and intellectually stimulating."
This is an easily digestible run through of the classical mythology, explaining all those things that you vaguely new but get you saying "oh, so that's why ......" I have downloaded a few of these Modern Scholar lecture series and they never disappoint. They are challenging enough to be interesting and thought provoking but not too knowing and smug. It is like having my own university at my finger tips for the price of an audible subscription.
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