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Gods, Demigods, and Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology (Point) Paperback – April, 1988

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Gods, Demigods and Demons is a concise, yet wide-ranging handbook of Greek mythology that promises a vivid introduction to the great myths of ancient Greece. The accessible and informative entries convey the significance of Greek mythology and its place at the core of Western culture. They evoke the majesty, as well as the all-too-human foibles, of the Greek deities and their acolytes. Both a helpful guide and a one-stop resource that can be consulted again and again, this book will prove an indispensable companion to the world of the ancient Greeks and the gods they worshipped.
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Product Details

  • Series: Point
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590414488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590414487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,937,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Of all the mythology books I've read (which is quite an extensive list), this is by far the best of them. Bernard Evslin's book is extremely detailed and contains only known and proven facts and no minor little things that have no use to further a story. Now this is not a book with plot, so don't purchase it mistaking it for one with a story line. What it does do, though, is give you a list of Greek mythological characters and tell you about them, much in the form of an encyclopedia. Many lists of classical mythology characters include only major people and gods. Not this book. It contains so many more than just major ones. It has gods and mortals that I have not been able to find information about in any other way. It also includes many stories of Greek mythology. Besides mythological charcters, it alsoincludes major objects or events like the phoenix, Pandora's box, or the Trojan War. ALso, also, almost every mythology story is in here, from the birth of Zeus to the capture of Persephone. By far superb to all others. A great buy for a cheap price. Recommended for people who already know quite a bit about mythology, figuring it doesn't make things easy to understand for beginners.
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This is by far the best Greek Mythology reference book I've ever used. It is in encyclopedia form, making information easy to access and decipher. Bernard Evslin has included all relevant information on each topic and goes even further by providing rare factoids in various entries. Although this book is very hard to find, it is well worth the price (I think I paid $3.00). Easy layout and complete information make this this book a treasure among a sea of look-a-likes.
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Read this until it was memorized while I was a kid, so had to buy a replacement copy when the first one got trashed. Was so happy to find out there was even a goddess in there that shared my name and made me that much more happy to have it.
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I was a typical Japanese until I chanced to find this book(the Japanese Edition) when I was around 15 or so, since then, every time I encountered unfamiliar names from the myth, the very first thing I've done is to refer this book. The book is, too, out of print here in Japan which, I think, is a big loss for Japanese people to expand their knowledge in an interesting way.
I'm 44 now, about 30 years have gone by since I read this book for the first time, and yet, still I have the book as a treasure of my life.
Anyway, I am going to get this English edition, too, so that I can study English with much more motivation.
(My English is just limited, be patient with it please)
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference of almost any Greek myth of importance, including the illiad and the odyssey. If you want an excellent reference, with better than dictionary definitions, each citation comes with a brief but detailed account of each "character's" significance, than this is the one for you.
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By M on February 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this handbook several years ago, and what I remember are the vivid, concise entries and descriptions. While it's impossible to cram a whole world of Greek mythology in one little handbook, Mt. Evslin does a superb job of covering as much as he can, and giving us the most important facts about each. Overall, it serves as a good handbook and jumping off point for those who want something to start off with when learning about mythology.
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This is not a handbook. It's just a series of short chapters on the major players, but I've seen worse. If you can get it for under $10 and want a catalogue type book on the Greek myths, that would be okay, but I wouldn't pay more.
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By N.L. White on September 12, 2011
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This book is really a great source of Greek mythology! This book is an easy-to-read encyclopedia for those that want to learn about gods and goddesses. This is a fun guide to have along-side a great book series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Roridan.
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