The Penguin Book of Classical Myths, Paperback
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What were the twelve labors of Herakles? Why did Zeus turn himself into a shower of gold? What was the name of the guard-dog of the Underworld?

Which two-faced Roman god gave his name to the month January?

What is the answer to the riddle of the Sphinx? The myths of ancient Greece and Rome are the most dramatic and unforgettable tales of love, war, heroism and betrayal ever told.

Whether it's Ikaros flying too close to the sun, Prometheus stealing fire from the gods or the tragedy of Oedipus, their characters have inspired art, literature, plays and films, and constellations named after them fill the night sky.

But how much do you really know about them? From the clash of the Titans to the fall of Troy, here are the greatest legends of all time, brilliantly retold by classical scholar Jenny March.

All the heroes, monsters, villains, gods and goddesses of classical civilization are included; the epic journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas; the founding of Athens and Rome; the quests of Jason seeking the Golden Fleece and Theseus slaying the minotaur.

Giving the origins, development and interpretation of each myth, this is the essential guide to the stories that have shaped our world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624 pages, black & white line drawings, maps, colour plates
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Folklore, myths & legends
  • ISBN: 9780141020778



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Very good description of all the major Greek myths and those few Roman ones which are not directly taken from the Greek. If I had a quibble its that some of the stories are at least partially retold at various points - however I assume that's because the author doesn't expect people to read this cover to cover but to dip in and out of the various sections and so needs each section to stand alone. If you don't already have a compendium of the ancient myths this is essential

Also by Jennifer R. March