Pantheon is doing an outstanding job in such books as The Brothers Grimm and Russian Fairy Talas -- outstanding from the...

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GODS AND HEROES

Pantheon is doing an outstanding job in such books as The Brothers Grimm and Russian Fairy Talas -- outstanding from the editorial aspect in giving impressive weight to material usually pigeon-holed as juvenile, but containing much that is important and significant for an adult market. Now comes a third volume along similar lines, this time a beautiful edition with English text of the notable mythology long considered the standard in Europe, Sohwab's Legends and Epics of Greek Antiquity. Sohwab tapped basic sources for the version he considered best, sometimes combining two or more sources to give a rounded whole (as in the Argeneuts) Hesiod, Ovid, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and many others among the ancients have been used. And from the text resulting one realizes forcibly that these legends supplied a basis for poetry, drama, philosophy, and the humanistic education of the Greeks and Romans, and that its influence is not to be slighted when it comes to our Christian civilization. Translation by Olga Martz and Ernst Morwits, introduction by Werner Jaeger, illustrations and decorative chapter heads in two colors. The book will have a mythological index of 20 pages, amounting to a condensed mythological dictionary, which will give it enhanced value for reference shelves.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1946

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Publisher: Pantheon

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1946