"In 14 lectures, Professor Meineck treats listeners to the energy and humanity that characterize the stories at the basis of our cultural heritage. He begins with the Olympian theogony, drawing especially on Hesiod, and then jumps into the stories of Homer and the dramatists, showing how their works expressed the history, politics, and religion of the culture and created the Greeks' sense of themselves. Each lecture begins with a deliberate pace. But as it develops, the professor's excitement increases, his pace quickens, and his Cockney accent sharpens markedly. The listener, like Odysseus, rolls through mysterious but carefully charted seas with the acclaimed professor, like the goddess Athena, guiding the ship. It's a fascinating journey made even more accessible by a thorough companion text, notes, and a bibliography. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"