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The Mythology Handbook: A Course in Ancient Greek Myths Hardcover – March 10, 2009
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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 11 months ago by Mom2taz
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 21 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