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With vast erudition and irresistible verve, Calasso retells the Greek mythical stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, of the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, tracing them back along the branches of a single myth-bearing tree and rediscovering the origins of desire and strife, virginity and rape, of tragedy and mystery. Translated from the Italian by Tim Parks.
"Extraordinary...learned but also daring...brilliant, dazzling to read, a labyrinth lit by a fire. The whole of Greek mythology is simultaneously present from Homer to the very end of pagan antiquity."--New York Review of Books