The ancient Greeks believed there were a great number of gods and goddesses. These gods had control over many different aspects of life on earth. In many ways they were very human. They could be kind or mean, angry or pleasant, cruel or loving. They fell in love with each other, argued with each other and even stole from each other.
The ancient Greeks built great temples and sanctuaries to their gods. They held festivals in their honour, with processions, sports, sacrifices and competitions. Stories of the gods’ exploits were told to children by their mothers and to large audiences by professional bards and storytellers. People today still enjoy hearing stories about the Greek gods.
This book tells the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage your imagination.
Here is a selection of what you will learn:
The Creation and the Gods
The Olympian Gods (and a few others)
Prometheus, Epimetheus and Pandora
Psyche and Eros
Oedipus and His Children
The Trojan War
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I was familiar with all of the mythologies and gods (being obsessed with Greek mythology like I am) in this book but that didn’t even take away how enjoyable it was to read. It would also be a great book for those who are less familiar with them.
There are quick introduction about the gods and goddesses, their names (and Roman names), who they are related to (although they’re pretty much all related to each other) and other information like that. There are also chapters about Oedipus, the Trojan War (this was my favorite), Medusa, Heracles and more.
Overall, Greek Gods: The Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology by Patrick Auerbach was a quick but very interesting and informative read about the Greek gods and the most known mythologies surrounding them. The writing style was simple and easy to read but also unique in its own way. Definitely a book I’d recommend.