Classical Gods and Heroesby Rhoda Hendricks
All the wonder, terror and delight of Greek mythology springs forth from the pages of this unique and much-needed anthology. Rhonda Hendricks has not only selected from the works of the ancient authors the best -- and often earliest -- versions of these tales; she has also arranged them so as to give a cumulative view of classical mythology beginning with The Creation and The Birth of Zeus. Of particular interest are: The Ages of Mankind, The Birth of Athena, Oedipus the King, Heracles, Theseus, Jason and Medea, The Judgement of Paris, The Trojan Horse, Pygmalion, and Cupid and Psyche. These texts offer a new perspective on classical mythology and, by so doing, cast a new light on this cornerstone of Western culture.
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This is a great book if you are looking for background on Greek and Roman mythological figures. It does not list everything in it but it does cover all of the "big" names like Pandora and Prometheus. It does give what could be called the original story behind each "character" and links common characters in the order they are presented. I really like having it as a reference point when researching classical history and literature. As far as gift-giving, I would suggest it for anyone who has a serious interest in the classics and Greek and / or Roman mythology.