William Hansen is professor of Classical Studies and Folklore as well as co-director in Mythology Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
"Hansen's book offers a superb example of a folkloristic approach to classical mythology. Far from novel, that approach goes back at least to Wilhelm Grimm and maybe even to Herodotus. Hansen's deployment of this approach is one of the best to date."--Robert A. Segal, Journal of American Folklore "Hansen's work is excellently constructed and fulfils its role as an introduction to the subject. Instead of creating another dry dictionary, the author succeeds in bringing these myths to life in their original mythological context."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "This book is most distinctive in combining its author's enviably dual expertise in folklore and classics. Other works on classical mythology may invoke folkloristic concepts, but Hansen's actually employs them, and with consummate deftness. A superb example of an often neglected approach to classical mythology."--Robert A. Segal, University of Lancaster, author of Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)