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Greek Myths: A New Retelling, with drawings by Chris Ofili

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She has served as a judge for the Art Fund museums prize, the Contemporary Art Society award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society awards. I enjoyed the presentation as stories being woven rather than standalone as it helps show the interconnection between all the myths. And who we know grieves for the children she birthed from Paris and the life she knew before him, with him, and now in her years now with her husband Menelaus, ready to drink to forget. The myths themselves are extremely easy to read, and while the chapter title may focus on one particular character, the stories follow the characters all the way down their family trees so that you get a much clearer idea of just how interconnected they all are with each other. It asks the reader to think about not only the female perspective on their stories, but their experience of living them.

And what a fitting ending you gave us with the trial of Orestes and the reasoning of Penelope – am I expected to be a human version of Odysseus’ loyal dog Argos? My favourite was definitely the perspective of Eurydice as she descends into the Underworld and spends time down there before Orpheus arrives- especially as I’ve never read the underworld from Eurydices POV before - I very much enjoyed her travels with Hermes. This is explained in the introduction, but it is essentially the written depiction of a physical work of art that itself visually tells a story.In this powerful new collection, Charlotte Higgins foregrounds Greek mythology’s most enduring heroines. Weaving was a metaphor at the heart of ancient metaphysics, since the Fates measure out and cut off the threads of human life itself. Circe weaves and sees so many of the women who were tossed aside by men, women like her niece Medea and Ariadne. Described as, “A brilliantly original, landmark retelling of Greek myths, recounted as if they were actual scenes being woven into textiles by the women who feature prominently in them—including Athena, Helen, Circe and Penelope. Since I really, really loved Madeline Miller’s Circe, I could not have been more enchanted with her niece Medea’s story and the way Higgins (re)told it.

The book would make a perfect introduction to the entrancing world of Greek myth for any secondary school student. The chapters being named after different female characters were misleading, and pretty irrelevant as each chapter didn't actually focus on the character but rather just covered a plethora of different stories and figures that didn't really have any common connection between them and also weren't very developed. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. In any pre-industrial society, textile production is socially conspicuous, if only on account of the sheer number of hours required to transform parts of plants and animals into sails, tents, fishing and hunting nets, clothing, carpets, blankets, awnings and ornamental wall hangings, with elaborate scenic designs.Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain (Vintage, 2014), was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, the Thwaites Wainwright prize for nature writing, the Dolman travel-writing prize and the Hessell-Tiltman history prize. Higgins does a great job of following Greek myths through many of its famous women, but they are all linked by the loom and their weave depicting some of the terrible things the gods and goddesses have done.

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