A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths by Stephen Kershaw

By Stephen Kershaw

The publication leads the reader via those brilliant tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. the entire common narratives are right here, in addition to a few much less customary characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the publication explains key concerns bobbing up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

This long-overdue publication crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly facets of Greek mythology in basic terms frequently on hand in disparate varieties - specifically children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's attention-grabbing, fantastic, and weird in addition to prevalent. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and critical quantity.

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Nephele produced a son, Centaurus. This son mated with the mares of Thessaly, producing creatures that were half man and half horse—the centaurs. 28 CENTAURUS created after Centaurus mated with the mares of THESSALY. Centaurus is a constellation of the Southern Hemisphere. CEPHALUS In Greek mythology, son of HERMES; husband of Procris who was a daughter of ERECHTHEUS; love interest of the dawn goddess EOS. Eos tricked Cephalus into leaving his beloved wife. The unhappy Procris sought the protection of ARTEMIS, goddess of the hunt.

Identified as MINERVA by the Romans. Athene was a deity of many different functions and attributes. On the one hand, she was a goddess of ATLAS 19 war, the female counterpart of ARES. However, she was also associated with peace and compassion; she was a patron of the arts and crafts, especially spinning and weaving (see ARACHNE); a patron of cities, notably ATHENS, which was named after her; and a goddess of wisdom. The cult of Athene went back to the Cretan civilization, which predated that of classical GREECE by about 1,500 years.

This is a detail from a Greek vase painting, c. C. (New York Public Library Picture Collection) BACCHUS The Roman name for DIONYSUS. He was also known as Liber. , causing alarm to the Romans. , but the cult of Bacchus continued for many years. Bacchus was portrayed by many artists, including the Italian painter Caravaggio (1573–1610), who portrayed him in The Young Bacchus as a sensual youth, the god of wine and revelry. 22 BULL 23 Roman BACCHANALIA were festivals in honor of Bacchus, characterized by wild and drunken revelry.

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