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The Mythology Handbook: A Course in Ancient Greek Myths Hardcover – March 10, 2009
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Douglas Carrel, Chief Draughtsman: A native of Scotland, Douglas Carrel was clearly a dragonologist of some standing, and often accompanied Dr. Drake on some of his more fruitful expeditions. In a letter from Constantinople to the editor he says, "It is with considerable sense of honour, and no small amount of pride, that I lend my hand to the compiling of this most worthy volume . . . Ultimately, I feel that all of us--within this privileged circle in particular--are duty-bound to preserve and perpetuate the love and lore of dragons."
Helen Ward, Scientific Artist: Helen Ward trained as an illustrator at Brighton School of Art, although it is not known exactly when she came into contact with Dr. Drake. However a quote from her autobiography makes some things clear: "As a child I dreamed of dragons. When age allowed, I traveled.Unfortunately, several expeditions to Europe and one to that part of Russia known as Finland specifically to capture the likeness of a live dragon have ended in failure. The creatures seemed deliberately elusive . . .. With the help of descriptions, notes, and detailed drawings made by others I have managed to illustrate these majestic creatures to the satisfaction of those more fortunate and better-informed dragonologists."
Wayne Anderson, Pictorial Artist: Interested in cryptozoology from an early age, Wayne Anderson first came into contact with S.A.S.D. at one of their meetings in Wyvern Way in London. It was after a couple of trips with Drake--to the Alps in 1878 and to Scotland in 1880--that Wayne realized his early dragon drawings were, in fact, more life-like than he could have realised. Like most of the other collaborators on DRAGONOLOGY, he has contributed to many other books for children. He enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Helen Ward that resulted in books such as THE TIN FOREST and THE DRAGON MACHIINE.
Nghiem Ta, Artistic Direction: Dr. Drake met Nghiem Ta in the Fukien (now Fujian) Province of China where she was working in her grandfather's bookshop. Their shared interest in dragons became evident when he showed her a copy of the fabled DRAGON SUTRA of Hong Wei, which the monks of that monastery made for him as a gift. He asked Miss Ta if such a revered object could be bound into a book and was so impressed with her work that he later invited her to London to oversee the creation of DRAGONOLOGY.
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THE MYTHOLOGY HANDBOOK is divided into three sections. The first, "The Immortals," details the most important figures in ancient Greek mythology. There were, of course, the gods that lived on Mount Olympus. These gods, which included Zeus, Hera and Hermes, pretty much took care of everything for the people living on earth. Ancient Greeks could pray or sacrifice to a certain god that was especially adept at dealing with certain things, from weather to farming.
The first section of the handbook also gives quick, useful summaries of some of the most important non-gods and the stories about them. There's the story of Persephone, who accidentally became the Queen of the Dead. Her mother, Demeter, was so sad that Persephone had to live in the Underworld that she went to Zeus for help. Zeus decided that Persephone had to live there only four months out of the year, and the rest of the time she could leave. This is why there are four sad, harsh winter months in which Demeter mourns her daughter's absence, and earth becomes cold and unwelcoming to plants and flowers.
The next section, "Gods and Men," describes more essential stories of Greek mythology. If you ever thought you might want your own winged horse, think again --- there was only one man who was able to tame and ride Pegasus.Read more ›
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It was for Quite a bit younger audience than I anticipated, hence the mediocre Star Rating. The Information was interesting.Published 2 months ago by Angela M. Scheffler
This book looked to me to have more pages, it does not, it had about 20 pages. It was a gift for a 16 year old. The reading level is for about a 10 to 14 year old. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Roberta Faulks
This is first book, ever, to get my 10 year old hooked and interested in detail. She is a big reader, but really read this and shared it. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Sherri Krieger
Gently used Handbook on Ancient Greek myths. Not as extensively informative as I would expect but great for kids. Thanks.Published on June 6, 2013 by Michelle Williams
Used this book to pass among the members and everyone was quite impressed....loved the games at the end of the chapters.Published on February 16, 2013 by Betty A Hadsell
This book is wonderful if you wish to learn about Greek Mythology. It is broken into sections according to subject. The text is easy to read and very understandable. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by looking
This book was exactly what I expected. Great pictures, interesting facts, it would be a great addition to a classroom or home library.Published on January 20, 2013 by Erica
I liked this book because it lets me have more in-depth information about the Mythology book it's self. I like the 'ology books because they are all really good books. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by candy slate