Greece and Rome Myths and Legends Author:H.A. Guerber Nowhere is the heritage of Greece and Rome more evident than in the art galleries and museums of the Western world. Wherever one looks there are paintings and sculptures that were inspired by the mythology of the classical age. For centuries, the legends of the Greeks and Romans remained unrivalled as sources of imaginative writing and art. — B... more »ut it is often difficult to enjoy fully such great works of art or literature without knowing at least some of the original background to the imagery. This volume aims therefore to present in simple, easily digestible form, affording pleasure to the reader seeking a general knowledge of the myths as well as furnishing a practical guide for the more serious student. The richness and beauty of these stories--whose origins date back before recorded history--remain fresh and appealing even today.
The stories in this book are presented as straightforward, enjoyable narratives; but there is also an analysis of the myths, a map of the classical world, a very useful and illuminating genealogical table of the gods, goddesses and heroes, plus a complete glossary and index. And, to accompany the test there are 64 illustrations demonstrating how the artists of the world have interpreted the myths and legends to create the great works of art that form so important a part of the heritage of the Western world.« less