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GREEK GODS AND HEROES by Robert Graves Kirkus Star


by Robert Graves

Pub Date: Nov. 18th, 1960
ISBN: 0440932211
Publisher: Doubleday

An acknowledged and popular interpreter of the classic days of ancient Greece, Robert Graves has here retold for children 27 of the Greek myths. He places his legends in the period of the ancient and savage rule of the Olympians; he relates to the major gods and goddesses the minor gods, the Titans, the Giants — and the heroes of Greek mythology. The Underworld too is presented —and the overall aura of jealousy, spite and rebellion. The familiar stories include the myths of Persephone, of Midas, of Daedalus, of Bellerophon and Pegasus, of Theseus, of Perseus, of Heracles and his labors, of Jason and the Argonauts, and so on. Directly told, with no attempt to oversimplify them, a good deal of the symbolism and the association with the pattern of ancient Greece survives.