Greek Gods and Goddesses by Geraldine McCaughreanHere are fifteen wonderful stories about the Greek gods and goddesses -- Zeus, the most powerful; his wife Hera; and their large, extended family. In the splendid retellings, Geraldine McCaughrean vividly recreates the world of these powerful characters who also possessed human attributes and failings.The collection includes favorite stories such as how Paris judged who was the fairest goddess of all, how the city of Athens was named, and how Phaeton defied his father, the sun god Helios. It also tells some of the lesser-known ones: how the dolphins were created and how Hephaestus won Aphrodite for his wife.
The magic and drama of Geraldine McCaughreans retellings are beautifully matched by Emma Chichester Clarks lively illustrations, in which she brings the characters strikingly to life.
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Which ones are most deserving of your hard-earned money? This list last updated in April of was written with the intention of helping you make that decision. Different people find Greek mythology to be meaningful for different reasons. For some, the wondrous tales and their larger-than-life characters make for great literature. For others, the value of the Greek myths and the religion of which they were a part lies in their importance for understanding the history of Western civilization and thought.
My first bookish memories are of holing up in my closet my favorite reading spot and reading my illustrated ancient Greek mythologies for hours. My fascination with the soap opera—worthy cast of goddesses and gods, heart-breaking tragedies, and fantastical shifts from human to beast and back again has only grown stronger over the years.
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Greek mythology is the body of myths originally told by the ancient Greeks. These stories concern the origin and the nature of the world , the lives and activities of deities , heroes , and mythological creatures , and the origins and significance of the ancient Greeks' own cult and ritual practices. Modern scholars study the myths in an attempt to shed light on the religious and political institutions of ancient Greece and its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself. Two poems by Homer's near contemporary Hesiod , the Theogony and the Works and Days , contain accounts of the genesis of the world, the succession of divine rulers, the succession of human ages, the origin of human woes, and the origin of sacrificial practices. Aside from this narrative deposit in ancient Greek literature , pictorial representations of gods, heroes, and mythic episodes featured prominently in ancient vase paintings and the decoration of votive gifts and many other artifacts. In the succeeding Archaic , Classical , and Hellenistic periods, Homeric and various other mythological scenes appear, supplementing the existing literary evidence.
Make Your Own List. Lucy Coats , author of one of the best books on Greek myths, recommends her own favourites. There's one for children, one for teenagers, one for scholars, one to read out loud and one that's very definitely adult in content Interview by Sophie Roell. Lucy Coats is a writer of children's books and the author of the fabulous Atticus the Storyteller's Greek Myths. What is a Greek myth?