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100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities

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by Malcolm Day
     
 

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Dating back roughly 3,000 years, the gods of the ancient Greeks--and later, of the Romans--have figured prominently in legendry, poetry, drama, and the visual arts. But today's readers are often confused when they encounter the myriad names of those deities and try to understand their roles in mythology. This entertaining and mind-expanding book charts 100 of the

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Dating back roughly 3,000 years, the gods of the ancient Greeks--and later, of the Romans--have figured prominently in legendry, poetry, drama, and the visual arts. But today's readers are often confused when they encounter the myriad names of those deities and try to understand their roles in mythology. This entertaining and mind-expanding book charts 100 of the most prominent characters from Greco-Roman mythology, including the primordial deities, the great gods of Olympus, and the shadowy inhabitants of Hades. Addressing universal themes such as love, jealousy, anger, ambition, deceit, and beauty, the stories told here make fascinating reading while they add significance to countless classical references in our civilization's literature and art. Author Malcolm Day profiles each god with a short, very readable summary of that personage's acts. He sets each deity's story within the larger context of a "family tree" that encompasses all major gods. Full-color illustrations showing memorable scenes from classical mythology include reproductions from famous paintings and photos of statuary. Separate chapters are devoted to:

  • The Primordial Gods: Gaia, Uranus, Cronus, and others
  • The Gods of Olympus: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, and others
  • Descendants of the Titans: Iris, Nike, Helios, Eos, Atlas, and others
  • Legendary Heroes: Jason, Oedipus, Daedelus, Paris, Helen of Troy, and others
  • Figures from the Odyssey: Odysseus, Penelope, Circe, and others

    This virtual roadmap through the complexities of classical mythology features more than 100 full-color illustrations.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764160066
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    03/28/2007
    Pages:
    160
    Sales rank:
    223,898
    Product dimensions:
    6.96(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.71(d)
    Age Range:
    12 Years

    Meet the Author


    Malcolm Day has written and edited many books on the subjects of religion, mythology, and ancient and biblical history.

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    100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
    Manirul More than 1 year ago
    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!
    ElizabethBN More than 1 year ago
    I was doing a paper on Greek Mythology and their Roman counterparts, and this is probably the only book I used! I found it very very helpful.