Here, magnificently illustrated, are the thrilling adventures of Greek mythology that explain the signs of the zodiac and the constellations that decorate the nighttime sky.
Do you know what sign you were born under, and do you know the story behind the sign? In ancient Greece, the signs of the zodiac were identified with twelve groups of stars, which we can still see in the night sky today at different times during the year. They were also associated with one of four elements-Earth, Air, Fire and Water-and behind each of them lies a story.
Starting with Aries (the ram) in spring and following the year round through summer, fall, and winter to Pisces (the fishes), the stories of the zodiac's twelve signs explain how each particular group of stars found its way into the heavens. Like many of the myths of ancient Greece, they are full of drama and excitement, with fearsome monsters, brave heroes, and gods and goddesses who use their power to both help human beings and obstruct them. On these pages, you will set sail with Jason and the Argonauts to find the Golden Fleece; watch Herakles struggle with the Nemean Lion; weep with the nature goddess Demeter when her daughter Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, King of the Underworld; and see how the messenger god Hermes joins sides with Cadmus to outwit the terrible monster Typhon. You can also learn about the myths associated with the planets, read about the qualities that are associated with each of the signs, and decide whether or not you recognize yourself in the descriptions.
The Abbeville Anthology series for children features adventurous and enlightening stories rooted in the traditions of many world cultures. Each exploresa different theme, and opens up new worlds of wonder. Other books in this captivating series include Mother and Daughter Tales and Stories from the Sea. Meant to be read aloud to youngsters or read independently by older children, these collections will find a permanent place on your family's bookshelf!
Other Details: Full-color illustrations on every page 80 pages 8 1/2 x 8 1/2" Published 1998