The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories

The Greek and Roman Myths A Guide to the Classical Stories Who was Pandora and what was in her famous box How did Achilles get his Achilles heel What exactly is a Titan And why is one computer virus known as a Trojan horse The myths of ancient Greece and Rome

  • Title: The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories
  • Author: Philip Matyszak
  • ISBN: 9780500251737
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Who was Pandora and what was in her famous box How did Achilles get his Achilles heel What exactly is a Titan And why is one computer virus known as a Trojan horse The myths of ancient Greece and Rome can seem bewilderingly complex, yet they are so much a part of modern life and discourse that most of us know fragments of them This comprehensive companion takes these fWho was Pandora and what was in her famous box How did Achilles get his Achilles heel What exactly is a Titan And why is one computer virus known as a Trojan horse The myths of ancient Greece and Rome can seem bewilderingly complex, yet they are so much a part of modern life and discourse that most of us know fragments of them This comprehensive companion takes these fragments and weaves them into an accessible and enjoyable narrative, guiding the reader through the basic stories of classical myth.Philip Matyszak explains the sequences of events and introduces the major plots and characters, from the origins of the world and the labors of Hercules to the Trojan War and the voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas He brings to life an exotic cast of heroes and monsters, wronged women and frighteningly arbitrary yet powerful gods He also shows how the stories have survived and greatly influenced later art and culture, from Renaissance painting and sculpture to modern opera, literature, movies, and everyday products.

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    1. Considering a lot of mythology books can end up reading like a secondary school text book (boring even though the subject matter is interesting) the author manages to make this the opposite. It is divided into each subject matter in a way that doesn't cause confusion or the need to incessantly flip back and forth, and the language doesn't condescend. Id say this is a good book for someone who wants introducing to the Greek and Roman myths, or fancies reading it from another perspective. Highly e [...]

    2. My hat goes off to Philip Matyszak because he covers a *lot* of ground. He does so in a way that is methodical and matter-of-fact, a trait that extends to his humor. I particularly liked how he's quick to connect the names of gods and heroes to modern words and classical paintings. A good example of his style lies in his discussion of paintings depicting Perseus and Andromeda:"Oddly enough, although nothing in the legend says Andromeda was chained naked, post-classical artists insist that the la [...]

    3. I loved this book. The author set out the family trees and gave each of the major Gods a profile. He did the same with groups like the Titans and Furies. He gave a brief overview of the Iliad, Odysseus and the Aeneid. Following each God or section he showed and gave a list of the art that has been a spin off from these Myths. While doing this he wrote the book as though you are sitting having a lively and amusing conversation with him. Lines like, 'don't think of the Gods merely as spiteful supe [...]

    4. Words can't describe how much I loved this book and the fascination of Greek Mythology I have that follows. Have proceeded to buy all other books related to ancient mythology written by Thames & Hudson

    5. Really excellent and concise introduction to Greek and Roman mythology. Remembered some stories from school but was struggling to piece them together. This helped a lot!

    6. A great light-hearted introduction to the Greek and Roman gods told in a very engaging way. Really enjoyable to read.

    7. 4.5 starsAn incredibly interesting book. I really wanted to know more about this subject as I just find it so interesting. It was so fun to read and I really feel like I learnt a lot, even though it was pretty confusing at times.

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.It was very informative without being condescending as there was a bit of humour. Also funny seeing how much our language and sayings are influenced from the greeks and Romans.

    9. A concise, rich set of small entries on the gods and heroes. Can be used as encyclopedia or even read from start to finish, as it's entertainingly written. No violence or sexuality is censored as with others like Schwab. Now I feel prepared for the Iliad (which the book also summarizes).One gripe is that almost nowhere are the original works referenced where the summarized events are first written of or told in greater detail. That would make the guide that much more helpful. Perhaps this would [...]

    10. The author's incessant attempts at jokes and witticisms get a bit irritating. He seems to think that every couple of sentences needs a punch-line.Aside from that, it is a beautifully designed book (containing pictures) and covers all the basics of classical mythology. The sections about how the myths influenced later art are a good addition. Laying out the content under many subheadings and with regular boxes of information helps the reader to understand the wealth of stories, but breaks up the [...]

    11. Exactly what it says on the tin: A Guide to the Classic Stories. Very approachable and well formatted overview of the legions of Gods and Heroes of the Greek and Roman mythology. It's a short book that can be easily read in a day or so but still packed with information. Primarily, I learned that my "education" in ancient mythology from various movies was shot full of holes and needed a good straightening out. Mixes humor well with the dark myths to keep things light. Highly recommended.

    12. I would recommend this book as a great reference for anyone interested in mythology. Matyszak's wry humor makes the work more readable than one might expect. In just over 200 pages he gives the genealogy and character sketches of not only the Olympic pantheon, but also a host of minor gods and goddesses, part-gods, and mythical creatures. He also summarizes how each has been used in art, literature, astronomy, film, and modern language. It's amazing how pervasive ancient Greek religion is in the [...]

    13. Not just a fun read, but a terrific refresher on all the mythology you learned in high school. The myths are, in a large sense, abbreviated, but enough substance is provided to give a tantalizing feel for the stories and their heroes/gods/goddesses. I reviewed this book for the New York Journal of Books and my review can be found here

    14. I knew this would be only a brief source but it was way too brief and incomplete, and somewhat confusing (referring back to gods in stories of other gods that were only mentioned in passing in a previous passage).

    15. A nicely written and easy to read book. Useful for reference and as a refresher on a very deep subject.

    16. I have read several of this authors books, all have been great reads. Packed with information on the subject and some interesting side notes on things that they relate to today.

    17. This book was amazing and very informative I really enjoyed the writing and information given was the book I was looking for! I want one of my own!

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