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ISBN 10: 038505629X ISBN 13: 9780385056298. Publisher: Doubleday, 1976.
While Greek myths have much in common with Chinese, Iranian, Indian, Maya, African, Russian, Native .
The Greeks were the first people to make coherent narratives, a literature even, of their gods, monsters and heroes. These days the origin of the universe is explained by proposing a Big Bang, a single event that instantly brought into being all the matter from which everything and everyone are made. The ancient Greeks had a different idea. They said that it all started not with a bang, but with CHAOS.
Greek mythology is the body of myths originally told by the ancient Greeks and a genre of Ancient Greek folklore
Greek mythology is the body of myths originally told by the ancient Greeks and a genre of Ancient Greek folklore. These stories concern the origin and the nature of the world, the lives and activities of deities, heroes, and mythological creatures, and the origins and significance of the ancient Greeks' own cult and ritual practices.
Hephaestus was born the son of Zeus and Hera. Zeus said, not entirely sure if she was telling the truth. Despite what she'd said, Hera wasn't fine
Hephaestus was born the son of Zeus and Hera. But, the reason he was thrown away by his own mother is an entirely different story. Despite what she'd said, Hera wasn't fine. She was not at all pleased with the baby she had given birth to and the reason for that was not only because of him being deformed, but because he wasn't perfect. As queen of the gods, Hera was supposed to be a perfect being that mortals worshipped every day. They expected her to be perfect and Hera had to live up to those expectations.
Did you ever wonder where did the stories of Zeus, Hades, Aprodite, Hercules, etc came from? - This book presents us with the myth and with pictures of greek art depicting the story being narrated. Ancient iconography helps us understand how the Gods and heroes were imagined and interpreted In their original context. The intriguing and fascinating retelling of these myths, by the author of "I, Claudius", is categorized into Chapters, . "Revolts Against the Gods",. The Trojan War", etc. Within each chapter myths are discussed in turn. Each myth and its variations is succinctly described.
The myth of Prometheus holds a special place in Greek mythology. Everything started when his sister Europa was abducted by Zeus, the chief of the gods. That is when he left his country to look for her. This son of a Titan was regarded as a great benefactor of humankind, the bringer of fire and the original teacher of technology and useful arts to the mankind. The myth of Asclepius is connected to the origins of medical science and the healing arts. Remains of these temples can be seen till today.
But his subtitle The Greek Myths Retold is misleading; it implies a certain .
But his subtitle The Greek Myths Retold is misleading; it implies a certain comprehensiveness. In fact he has selected a rather small group of stories. Epaphus, child of Zeus and Io, was always so maddeningly blasé about his pedigree. If so, although the book reproduces 34 famous illustrations of myths from classical art and old masters, he has to compete with some exquisite illustrated children’s versions, notably Marcia Williams’s evergreen Greek Myths (1991), my own children’s runaway favourite.