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100 Characters from Classical Mythology Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities

ISBN-10: 0764160060
ISBN-13: 9780764160066
Edition: 2007
Authors: Malcolm Day
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Description: Dating back roughly 3,000 years, the gods of the ancient Greeksand later, of the Romanshave figured prominently in legendry, poetry, drama, and the visual arts. But todays readers are often confused when they encounter the myriad names of those  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Dating back roughly 3,000 years, the gods of the ancient Greeksand later, of the Romanshave figured prominently in legendry, poetry, drama, and the visual arts. But todays readers are often confused when they encounter the myriad names of those deities and try to understand their roles in mythology. This entertaining and mind-expanding book charts 100 of the most prominent characters from Greco-Roman mythology, including the primordial deities, the great gods of Olympus, and the shadowy inhabitants of Hades. Addressing universal themes such as love, jealousy, anger, ambition, deceit, and beauty, the stories told here make fascinating reading while they add significance to countless classical references in our civilizations literature and art. Author Malcolm Day profiles each god with a short, very readable summary of that personages acts. He sets each deitys story within the larger context of a family tree that encompasses all major gods. Full-color illustrations showing memorable scenes from classical mythology include reproductions from famous paintings and photos of statuary. Separate chapters are devoted to: The Primordial Gods: Gaia, Uranus, Cronus, and others The Gods of Olympus: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, and others Descendants of the Titans: Iris, Nike, Helios, Eos, Atlas, and others Legendary Heroes: Jason, Oedipus, Daedelus, Paris, Helen of Troy, and others Figures from the Odyssey: Odysseus, Penelope, Circe, and others This virtual roadmap through the complexities of classical mythology features more than 100 full-color illustrations.

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