This handy guide to the Greek and Roman Myths brings classical mythology to life. Written by a bestselling author on Ancient Greece and Rome, the book features an engaging blend of stories, facts and quotations from ancient authors, and places ancient myths in a modern context, discussing the `afterlives' of the myths and the relevance of their messages today. Factfiles on heroes and heroines and family trees of the gods also make this a useful reference book for students.
Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of many books on classical civilization, including Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day, Lives of the Romans (with Joanne Berry) and Legionary.
Introduction * 1. In the Beginning: From Chaos to Cosmos in Four Steps * 2. The Ages of Man 3. The Great Gods: The First Generation * 4. Olympus: The Next Generation * 5. Lesser Gods, Magical Creatures and Heroic Ancestors * 6. Heroes and their Quests * 7. The Golden Age of Mythology * 8. The Trojan War * 9. Going Home