Spring 2017 Books by Princeton University Press

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the book of greek and roman folktales legends and myths edited translated and introduced by william hansen with illustrations by glynnis fawkes captured centaurs and satyrs talking animals people who suddenly change sex men who give birth the temporarily insane and the permanently thick-witted delicate sensualists incompetent seers a woman who remembers too much a man who cannot laugh—these are just some of the colorful characters who feature in the unforgettable stories that ancient greeks and romans told in their daily lives together they created an incredibly rich body of popular oral stories that include but range well beyond mythology—from heroic legends fairy tales and fables to ghost stories urban legends and jokes this unique anthology presents the largest collection of these tales ever assembled featuring nearly four hundred stories in authoritative and highly readable translations this is the first book to offer a representative selection of the entire range of traditional classical storytelling set mostly in the world of humans not gods these stories focus on figures such as lovers tricksters philosophers merchants rulers athletes artists and soldiers the narratives range from the well-known—for example cupid and psyche diogenes and his lantern and the tortoise and the hare—to lesser-known tales that deserve wider attention entertaining and fascinating they offer a unique window into the fantasies anxieties humor and passions of the people who told them complete with beautiful illustrations by glynnis fawkes a comprehensive introduction notes and more this one-of-a-kind anthology will delight general readers as well as students of classics fairy tales and folklore william hansen professor emeritus of classical studies and folklore at indiana university bloomington is one of the world’s leading authorities on classical folklore his books include classical mythology a guide to the mythical world of the greeks he lives in bloomington the first anthology ever to present the entire range of ancient greek and roman stories—from myths and fairy tales to jokes “this is an extraordinary collection of tales that are remarkable for their diversity and how contemporary they seem indeed these ancient greek and roman stories ably translated by william hansen forged most of the modern european genres such as the fable legend novella fairy tale anecdote joke and children’s story hansen’s work is an invaluable source not only for scholars but also for readers of contemporary fantasy and fairy tales.” —jack zipes translator and editor of the original folk and fairy tales of the brothers grimm march 978-0-691-17015-2 cloth $35.00t 624 pages 26 line illus 6 x 8 classics folklore press.princeton.edu trade 17