- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (28 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178087748X
- ISBN-13: 978-1780877488
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greek Myths: Stories of the Greek Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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'A magnificent new book which explains and retells some of the most thrilling stories in human history' Lancashire Evening Post. (Lancashire Evening Post)
About the Author
Robin Waterfield is an internationally acclaimed scholar and author, whose publications range from academic articles to children's fiction. He has some forty books to his credit, including Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia and the End of the Golden Age, Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths and Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire.
Kathryn Waterfield is a writer specializing in Greek history. Formerly with the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies and the Department of History at the University of South Florida, she also spent several years at the Tampa Museum of Art, working with their Greek and Roman antiquities collection.
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Otherwise, it's a nice light read and not too overwhelming. So perfect for someone looking to be inspired; it definitely leaves you wanting a more in-depth look...! I find myself now very interested in other interpretations and any different perceptions of these classic mythological stories.
The writing: I was gripped by this description of Clytemestra preparing to murder her husband, Agamemnon, after he triumphantly returned home from the Trojan War: "For a moment she hesitated: he had become so toughened by ten years of warfare that he seemed invulnerable and somehow magnificent. But she stiffened her resolve, and no sooner had he risen, dripping, from the relaxing warmth of the water than Clytemestra entangled his limbs in a sheet, and trapped him as effectively as a proud stage in a net." See why the subtitle of the book is "Vividly Retold"?
The illustrations: The book includes everything from the traditional Greek vases and sarcophagus reliefs to marble statues, oil painting by European masters and Italian frescoes--all in color on high-quality glossy paper. Many illustrations were new to me, such as the sensual eighteenth-century oil painting by Jacque-Louis David, "The Love of Helen and Paris," with this caption by the authors: "Paris found that he was better suited for the bedroom than the battlefield." Vivid captions, too!
The organization: Finally a reader can fit these thousands of stories into manageable categories. In addition to the usual sections about the twelve gods, the Trojan War, Odysseus' return, the heroes are creatively presented in the cities of Thebes, Mycenae and Athens. Vividly understandable.
Definitely buy this book. Worth every pence or every penny, in my case, here in the USA. -- Marilyn Rouvelas, Arlington, Virginia
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Loving this book. It races through the stories at break neck speed but supplies enough details to make a good take to tell over a beer at the pub. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dave James
Bought as a present for my adult son who wanted to reread these storiesPublished 1 month ago by Heather
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