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Posted April 26, 2002
Simply a poorly researched book. If, as claimed in the introduction, the authors have researched this topic in depth then it makes one wonder why so many elemntal mistakes occur within it's pages. I'm a classical archaeologist (and pagan) and I have to say that the authors knowledge of Greek religious theology and mythology is alas, appalling. On page 123, it is claimed that Circe is a 'wizard' (she's a female by the way) and that she and Medea were children of Hekate, the goddess of Magic. This is untrue. Circe is the daughter of Helios, the Sun-God, and Medea is the daughter of Aeetes, the King of Colchis on the Black Sea who himself was also a child of Helios. This error is not easy to write off. The claim that Demeter was worshipped only by married women is blatantly false, the claim that ancient writers conceived of Demeter and Persephone as being somehow unholy is also false, and most tellingly, these claims are unreferenced. Other errors include the claim that Hekate was the only Titan not imprisoned by Zeus after his victory in the divine war (just for one example, Leto was a Titan goddess. She was even mentioned by the authors in this very book) and the authors were unaware of how Zeus made his father Cronos regurgitate his children (Zeus gave him a potion.) Unfortunately, these are only a few of the elementary mistakes contained in this work and I fear that some less classically aware people will read this book and overlook it's poor scholarship regarding the Greek myths in particular.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2002