The Everything Classical Mythology Book: Greek And Roman Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, And Monsters From Ares To Zeus
Entertaining and educational, The Everything Classical Mythology Book is a superb introduction to ancient Greek and Roman mythology. For those of us who cannot recount the twelve labours of Hercules, how Odysseus tricked the Trojans, why the phrase Achilles Heel’ was first coined, or how Medusa was slain, this comprehensive volume will provide answers to these and hundreds more enquiries.
As familiar to most people as the characters in the Bible, the great legendary heroes and stories of classical Greece are a unique leagacy, their traditions having influenced the art, literature and culture of Western Europe like no other. However it is difficult to piece together a coherent picture of the genuine uncorrupted tradition of Greek mythology. The book deliberately excludes Roman myths which blur the true image of the Greek heritage. In dictionary form it covers all the major figures of Greek mythology and provides a handy but comprehensive guide. It has gods, heroes, men, places, mythical creatures and religious terminology as well as some illustrations. Some post classical folklore and legends are also included: Alexander the Great, vampires and the terrible kallikantzaroni for example…
Greek Mythology: The Ancient Myths and Legends of Greek Mythology
Greek Mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. It was a part of the religion in ancient Greece. The Greeks were polytheistic in their religious beliefs. Polytheistic means they believed in and worshiped many different gods. Modern scholars refer to and study the myths in an attempt to shed light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece and its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.
In Greek Mythology, the gods often represented different forms of nature. Their religion/mythology had no formal structure with the exception of various festivals held in honor of the gods. There was no sacred book or code of conduct to live by. The most powerful Greek gods were known as the Olympians. The Greeks believed the Olympians lived on the highest mountain in Greece, Mount Olympus. The Olympian gods included: Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Aphrodite, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hades, Hermes, Hephaestus, Poseidon and Hestia or later she was replaced in some lists by Dionysus.
Greek Mythology is explicitly embodied in a large collection of narratives, and implicitly in Greek representational arts, such as vase-paintings and votive gifts. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines and mythological creatures. These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature. The oldest known Greek literary sources, Homer’s epic poems Iliad and Odyssey, focus on the Trojan War and its aftermath.
Greek Mythology: A Traveler’s Guide
A hands-on traveler’s guide to the enthralling tales of Greek mythology, organized around the cities and landscapes where the events are set
The Greek myths have a universal appeal, beyond the time and physical place in which they were created. But many are firmly rooted in specific landscapes: the city of Thebes and mountain range Cithaeron dominate the tale of Oedipus; the city of Mycenae broods over the fates of Agamemnon and Electra; while Knossos boasts the scene of Theseus’ slaying of the Minotaur. Drawing on a wide range of classical sources, newly translated by the author, and illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, this book is both a useful read for those visiting the sites and a fascinating imaginative journey for the armchair traveler. The itinerary includes twenty-two locations, from Mount Olympus to Homer’s Hades, recounting the myths and history associated with each site and highlighting features that visitors can still see today.
Scholarly text, supported by quotes from primary sources and contemporary research, as well as the enticing stories of gods and goddesses, heroes and villains, enrich the reader’s literal or simply literary experience of these sites, whose significance still resonates today. 69 color illustrations plus one map
Greek Mythology and Poetics
In this extremely rich volume, the Harvard classicist G. Nagy examines various facets of the Hellenizaton of Indo-European poetics, myth and ritual, and social ideology.
Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and Director of Harvard s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology: Based on H.J. Rose’s Handbook of Greek Mythology, 7th Edition
This new edition is a completely rewritten and revised version of Rose’s original, seminal, text. Adding a huge amount of new material, Robin Hard incorporates the results of the latest research into his authoritative accounts of all the gods and heroes.
The narrative framework of the book includes helpful signposting so that the book can be used as work of reference, and alongside the narrative chapters, it includes full documentation of the ancient sources, maps, and genealogical tables.
Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs and line drawings, it will remain the definitive account of ancient Greek mythology for generations to come.
Greek Mythology: 25 Spectacular Legends of Ancient Greece & Untold Myths of Zeus, Gods, Titans and Heroes in Greek Mythology
GREEK MYTHOLOGY: 25 Spectacular Legends of Ancient Greece & Untold Myths of Zeus, Gods, Titans and Heroes in Greek Mythology
Do you want to recount and learn about the most famous Greek legends?
Do you want to find out how they influenced our world today?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then “GREEK MYTHOLOGY” is the book for you!
This book is the perfect choice if you want a simple and detailed guide on the ancient Greeks’ myths and legends that have survived the ages for so long that no one knows what truths are intertwined with the legends. You will uncover all this in Greek Mythology book.s
This has inspired countless Hollywood movies, comics, literature and will do so for generations to come.
What Will I Learn In This Book?
Here are some of the topics you will learn about in this book!
Gods – Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo
Goddesses – Hera, Aphrodite, Athena
Heroes – Heracles, Jason and the Argonauts, Odysseus
Titans – Cronus, Atlas, Epimetheus
..and much, much more!
Greek Mythology: Ancient Legends of Gods and Heroes
From Achilles to Heracles and Zeus to Hades, ancient Greek gods and heroes have had a long historical presence. Journey into the book as you learn more about how past Greek civilizations perceived the world. How did the world come to be? How are natural disasters portrayed? What about tales of the Trojan War? This two book in one novel will cover it all.
Donna Jo Napoli
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters
The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations.
National Geographic completes the book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a “cast of characters” profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter directing readers to more information round out this luminous book. Sure to dazzle all those intrigued with the fantastic tales of Greek mythology and enchant new readers, this vibrant book will soon become a family keepsake.