In this exciting new volume, the ancient mythologies of Greece and Italy are brought to life in the most comprehensive edition for many years. Combined with 200 images, including superb fine art paintings of the classic stories, this evocative and detailed encyclopedia of the fabulous myths and legends of the Greek and Roman people will provide the perfect introduction to this fascinating subject for students, scholars and even general readers who love passionate tales of romance and derring-do.
Arthur Cotterell, a world expert on mythology, describes the central mythical figures and their exploits with wit and authority, and retells the ancient legends in a way that allows the myths to stand first and foremost as spell-binding tales, as well as being intriguing accounts of past ages. For maximum accessibility, the encyclopedia is structured as an alphabetical A-Z, detailing sites of interest, characters, significant events, stories and symbols. Together these entries create a clear and comprehensive Who’s Who, with cross-references throughout.
The myths of the Classical world have inspired generations of painters and poets and this encyclopedia is illustrated with a wealth of imagery spanning fifteen centuries. All the unforgettable characters are here: silver-tongued Odysseus; peerless Achilles and mighty Hercules; the warring twins, Romulus and Remus; Jason and the Argonauts, and Bellerophon who tamed the winged horse, Pegasus. Pictorial features also focus on important and recurring mythological themes, such as Lovers of Zeus, Oracles and Prophecies, Voyagers, Monsters and Fabulous Beasts, and others.
This volume is the complete and lavish guide to the myths of this most significant ancient culture. Universal in theme and timeless in appeal, it is destined to become the classic reference on the subject.
Arthur Cotterell has lectured and written widely on the mythologies and ancient civilizations of the world. He is Principal of Kingston College in London, and author of the best-selling Dictionary of World Mythology, as well as a number of books on the civilizations of East Asia.