Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real

Version: Unabridged
Author: Nigel Spivey
Narrator: Yuri Rasovsky
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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The Greek myths are recognized as universal stories without equal. Here, Cambridge classicist Nigel Spivey presents them for precocious youth as the spellbinders they are.

Said Spivey, "I intended to write this book for my young children -- with due regard for their delicate sensibilities. They, however, grew up more quickly than I wrote. So, I accepted the violence and sensuality of the myths and make little effort to purify them."

In bold, easily understood prose, he tells of Demeter and Persephone, of Prometheus' creation of humankind, of Jason and the Argonauts, of the wrath of Achilles and the travels of Odysseus, of Oedipus's crime and Orpheus's excursion into the Underworld. In his hands, these stories are revealed anew as outsize tales of love and strife, of secret compacts and open rivalries, and of the overwhelming power of Eros.

Reviews (1)

Not the best Greek

Written by jandob on September 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I was excited to read again the Greek myths that I loved growing up. This book was not those stories. The reader was without interest. Words were mispronounced. It took me half the story to realize that Hera-cles was Hercules. that was only a smidgen of the discrepancies of the book. There were some moments that described some incidents in the stories that I had not heard before, which made them interesting. Overall, it was an ok book to listen to. I am glad I didn\'t have to read it or I would have fallen asleep.

Author Details

Author Details

Spivey, Nigel

Nigel Spivey is Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His publications include the prizewinning "Understanding Greek Sculpture "(1996).