Myths of Love
Myths of Love
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America's favorite sex therapist, analyzes ancient myth and its relevance to 21st century relationships in her new book Myths of Love: Echoes of Greek and Roman Mythology in the Modern Romantic Imagination. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, love was sweet, but it was also irrational, cruel, and often deadly. Faced with the terrible paradox of love, classical civistories of classic archetypes such as Narcissus, Helen of Troy, and Venus and Adonis.
Dr. Ruth and classical scholar Jerome E. Singerman insightfully examine the underlying psychology of the ancient myths and explain why their universal appeal has shaped the imagination of Western civilization for millennia. Myths of Love traces how these myths have endured in literature and art across the centuries and how they still influence how we think about sex and relationships today.
Surveying a vast range of Greek and Roman literature from Homer to Ovid, Myths of Love retells and reconsiders the full gamut of human sexual experience, from the tenderest expressions of married love to the savage, self-destructive passions of narcissism and jealousy. Myths of Love is a delightful introduction to classical mythology, showing how the ancients grappled with modern dilemmas such as gender identity, female sexual pleasure, and intellectual equality between the sexes.
A stimulating blend of art, science, ancient religion, and the passions and contradictions of the human heart, Myths of Love is a smart and sexy revisit to the roots of Western culture’s eternal fascination with love.
- About the Authors
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is one of America’s best-known names in relationship therapy, giving help to millions through radio, television, newspapers, magazines, books and her website, DrRuth.com. Jerome E. Singerman is a book editor who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University and is the author of Under the Clouds of Poesy.
- For the Media
MYTHS OF LOVE MEDIA KIT available here in PDF.