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Part I: The Cyclopes in Antiquity: Themes and Variations 1: A Story 2: Seven Ways to Approach a Cyclops 3: Landscape 4: Physique 5: Lifestyle 6: Gods 7: Names 8: Love and Song 9: Contexts and Overlaps Part II : New Life in Old Ogres 10: From the Medieval to the Baroque: Fresh Contexts, New Meanings 11: The Modern Cyclops

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Mercedes Aguirre holds the post of Profesora Contratada Doctora at the Department of Classical Philology in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She is also currently a Visiting Fellow in the University of Bristol, and has been elected a Life Member at Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. Her areas of research are Greek literature, Greek mythology and iconography, and the reception of Greek mythology in the modern and contemporary world. Richard Buxton is Emeritus Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Bristol, specialising in the study of ancient Greek mythology, literature, and religion. He is committed to bringing his enthusiasm for classical antiquity, especially its mythology, to as wide an audience as possible. By using accessible and jargon-free language in all his writings he aims to bring home to modern readers the creative power and imaginative influence of ancient myths.


beautifully written * Paul Cartledge, Argo *
Cyclops is a meticulously researched, richly illustrated, and superbly readable analysis of the figure of the Cyclops in ancient Greece and Rome, and its reception from the medieval period to the modern age ... The first half of the book provides a 360-degree evaluation of Cyclopes in ancient literature and material culture. * Ivana Petrovic, Greece & Rome *
Highly Recommended. * P.E. Ojennus, Whiteworth University, CHOICE *
It richly illustrates the argument of the classical anthropologist Walter Burkert that the substance of a myth lies in its preservation and transmission rather than its origin or creation ... As a primer for understanding how to get to grips with Greek myth and the relationship between literary and visual cultures, the book is a clear success (and abundantly illustrated throughout). * Roy Gibson, Times Literary Supplement *
This far-ranging book succeeds admirably in providing readers with a survey of the representation of the Cyclopes in art and literature from antiquity to the present. * Scott Bruce, Fordham University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
... charming ... * George W. M. Harrison, The Classical Review *
This is magnificent work: deeply and richly informed, brilliantly lucid in exposition and graceful in style. It will surely stand as a first point of reference for decades, * Professor Daniel Ogden, University of Exeter *
This is a delightful book - learned, readable, and fun! Aguirre and Buxton survey a remarkable range of sources, literary and pictorial, ancient and modern, and uncover a fascinating variety of views on all aspects of this human and not so human monster, from his appearance and tastes to his social life and loves. A sheer pleasure. * Professor David Konstan, Brown University *

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