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Myths: Tales of the Greek and Roman Gods

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From the same series as Abrams’ successful Saints and Angels comes Myths, richly illustrated with representations of these celestial heralds from ancient murals and pottery to the paintings of Gustav Klimt and Odilon Redon. Author Lucia Impelluso has drawn from a variety of sources, including the plays of Euripides and Aeschylus, the epics of Homer and Virgil, Aesop’s fables, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Petrarch’s sonnets, and the works of Pindar, Sophocles, Plutarch, Pliny the Elder,...

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Overview

From the same series as Abrams’ successful Saints and Angels comes Myths, richly illustrated with representations of these celestial heralds from ancient murals and pottery to the paintings of Gustav Klimt and Odilon Redon. Author Lucia Impelluso has drawn from a variety of sources, including the plays of Euripides and Aeschylus, the epics of Homer and Virgil, Aesop’s fables, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Petrarch’s sonnets, and the works of Pindar, Sophocles, Plutarch, Pliny the Elder, and Bocaccio.

 

Beginning with the stories of Earth’s creation and its early rulers, the Titans, Impelluso recounts the major episodes and figures of Greek and Roman mythology, with sections on the gods of the sky, the sea, the earth, and the underworld; the Fates and the Muses; monsters; human heroes; and the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Here are beloved stories, retold and illustrated in a wonderful, giftable format.

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For several millennia, Greek and Roman myths have provided readers with vocabularies of the imagination. Many of us have lost touch with that language but still retain some sense of our loss. Art historian Lucia Impelluso's Myths reconnects us to our classical origins by drawing on literary and artwork. This attractive 780-page book uses passages from Homer, Virgil, Aesop, Ovid, Plutarch, Euripides, Sophocles, Boccaccio, and others to illuminate these grand mythological underpinnings. A permanent family reference; a perfect evening read.
Children's Literature - Lynn O'Connell
Myths have been a major subject area in art throughout the centuries. In this 780-page book, author Impelluso gives the reader a comprehensive summary of the best-known Greek and Roman myths while tying the stories to more than 300 famous works of art, including works by such luminaries as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Impelluso is an art historian and has done significant research for this book. She draws from many sources, such as the plays of Euripides and Aeschylus, Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, and the fables of Aesop. The first part of the book is devoted to the gods and goddesses and moves from "The Beginning" to "The Dawn of Mankind;" this section takes up more than half of the book. The final 300 pages are devoted to the ancient Greek and Roman heroes; much of this section focuses on the Trojan War and what Ulysses and Aeneas did after the war. The book's contents are well-organized and easy to navigate; this book would make a wonderful addition to any library with a section devoted to Greek and Roman mythology. The well-written stories and beautiful illustrations would also make it a perfect gift for anyone interested in legends about Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810971448
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 780
  • Sales rank: 941,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 4.96 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucia Impelluso is an architect and art historian whose previous books include Gods and Heroes in Art, Nature and Its Symbols, and Gardens in Art.

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    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

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    Highly recommend

    This book is very detailed and the corresponding art work is breathtaking

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    Very well organized.

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