Greek Myths and Legendsby Cheryl Evans, Anne Millard
This superbly-illustrated reference guide to the Greek myths and legends is the first in a series on world mythology. It includes brief outlines of all the most famous stories, brought to life with pictures by artists including Rodney Matthews.
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I admit it. When I was in elementary and high school, I had a fascination with studying about the Greek and Roman myths. Now, I never had absolutely any thought that they were real or that the "gods" in them deserved any honor. I understood them to be false deities and the stories merely fiction. However, they were a part of our history and language (days of the week, months of the year, names of the planets, etc.) Many people believe that it is wrong to study mythology, but I think that one can learn about it simply from a historical standpoint without giving it any credence. I will admit that parents should be careful how deep into some of the immoralities of the Greek deities they should let children delve. Usborne can usually be trusted to be fairly responsible in this area. This particular book does mention some of these things, for example stating that "Although Zeus was married to Hera, he often fell in love with other beautiful women," but it simply states them as part of the myth without glorifying them. In fact, I have found that such things when contrasted to the purity of scriptural ethics can be used to show the superiority of the Jehovah over all other so-called "gods" and the Bible over all other religions.
I enjoyed this book. It has many stories on the gods and goddesses you already you know and alot on the ones you don't. This book also has a small diconary in the back. The book also has many full color pictures.(like two on each page)