Roman Myths

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From the prize-winning author and illustrator of Greek Myths and Greek Gods and Goddesses comes this wonderfully rich and varied collection of fifteen stories from Roman mythology, freshly retold and made accessible for today's readers.

Here are all the famous myths: the birth of Venus, the founding of Rome, how the sacred geese saved the city from the Gauls -- stories that reflect the drama and the power that was Rome. Here are all the great gods and goddesses, brought vividly ...

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Overview

From the prize-winning author and illustrator of Greek Myths and Greek Gods and Goddesses comes this wonderfully rich and varied collection of fifteen stories from Roman mythology, freshly retold and made accessible for today's readers.

Here are all the famous myths: the birth of Venus, the founding of Rome, how the sacred geese saved the city from the Gauls -- stories that reflect the drama and the power that was Rome. Here are all the great gods and goddesses, brought vividly to life: Jupiter, the king of the gods; Juno, his wife; warrior Mars; Mercury the messenger; Diana, the goddess of hunting; as well as many of the lesser gods and goddesses who controlled every aspect of Roman life.

Emma Chichester Clark's beautiful illustrations, inspired by Roman art and culture, perfectly reflect the liveliness of Geraldine McCaughrean's retellings.

Retellings of fifteen Roman myths chronicling the exploits and adventures of Venus, Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, Diana, and others.

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Publishers Weekly
From the collaborators behind Greek Myths and Greek Gods and Goddesses, Roman Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, illus. by Emma Chichester Clark, offers 15 stories including "Dreams of Destiny: Aeneas sets out to found an empire" and "Burning the Books: The Sibyl and her prophecies." Many prominent gods and goddesses (e.g, Jupiter, Venus and Diana, the goddess of hunting) and some lesser known are featured throughout. Watercolor illustrations play up the drama in each, and an icon appears as a motif that unifies each tale. (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Although the Romans imported many of their gods and goddesses from the Greeks, some characters were uniquely Roman. Many myths originated with the Trojan Wars and the story of Aeneas. In a rollicking and artful form, the reader meets Jupiter, the king of the gods; Mercury, the messenger; Vulcan, the lame blacksmith; and many others. Fifteen tales are lavishly illustrated in a gleeful and colorful style that takes inspiration from Roman art. The founding of Rome is told in the tale about Romulus and Remus. When the Gauls invaded in 390 B.C. the holy sites were saved by fussy geese that were sacred to Juno, the queen of the gods. Romans generally set an extra place at the table for the household gods, who were silent and invisible. Mercury, their father, kept them hidden from the anger of Jupiter. It seems that his once talkative wife, the nymph of babbling fountains, told too many secrets of the volatile king of the gods. Young readers are sure to delight in these whimsical tales, and they would be fun to read aloud or dramatize. 1999, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $21.00. Ages 10 to 15. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This companion to McCaughrean and Clark's Greek Myths (McElderry, 1993) is equally enjoyable. Fifteen tales introducing the Olympians and telling of Romulus and Remus, Philemon and Baucis, or the Sibylline prophecies lead nicely from one to the next, explaining Roman beliefs of fate and destiny in the telling. McCaughrean does this in her short, dramatized text by posing questions or suggesting motivation in a way that almost oversimplifies, or treats the subject casually. But she has accomplished an appealing and approachable introduction to Roman mythology that will make readers want to seek out more. Clark's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations also lend a light touch to the stories, suffusing every page with color in spot or full-page art. On the title page of each story, she imitates Roman art in an illustrated bar, and gives similar stylistic effects in page-number borders, but the bulk of her pictures are in her own appealing style that matches McCaughrean's tone beautifully. Brief notes on the myths make cultural references and hint at the wealth of more stories to be found, though, as there is no bibliography, readers will have to find them on their own. This attractive introduction should whet their appetites.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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In this companion to Greek Myths (1993), McCaughrean and Clark present 15 tales, some expropriated from the ancient Greeks, others, such as the origin of the Lares, and the rivalry of Romulus and Remus, distinctively Roman. With her usual flair, McCaughrean writes of happy, doomed-or, in the case of Diana and Endymion, eerily dysfunctional-romances between gods and mortals. She relates the gruesome story of heedless woodcutter Erisychthon, cursed by Ceres with such an insatiable appetite that he ends up eating himself, and brings high drama to the devastating confrontation between arrogant King Tarquin and the Cumaean Sibyl. Sex and violence are toned down not only in the retellings (e.g., "The Theft of the Sabine Women") but also the illustrations, for which Clark draws inspiration from sources as diverse as ancient mosaics and Botticelli's Birth of Venus to depict a set of distinctly un-Olympian immortals. A cast list of those immortals, and notes on the stories' origins, close this eye-opening introduction to a mythology less politicized and derivative than generally billed. (introduction, notes) (Mythology. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689838224
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1901
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
The Olympians 9
Chains of Love: Vulcan tames his wife, Venus 13
Dreams of Destiny: Aeneas sets out to found an empire 18
To Hell and Back: Aeneas in the underworld 24
Romulus and Remus: Twin boys who founded Rome 32
Stolen Wives: The theft of the Sabine women 39
A Wild-Goose Chase: The story of Philemon and Baucis 44
Liber-Ality: How Rome received its most prized blessing 50
Kissed by the Moon: The story of Diana and Endymion 54
The Man Who Cut down Trees: Erisychthon pays a terrible price 58
Telltale Tit: The love story of Mercury and Lara 64
Burning the Books: The Sibyl and her prophecies 69
Little Old Boy: Tages shares his great knowledge 75
A Shot in the Dark: Orion, Diana and Apollo's spite 79
The Guardian Geese: The night the Gauls attacked 86
The Gods and Goddesses of Rome 93
Notes about the Stories 94
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