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100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities

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Dating back roughly 3,000 years, the gods of the ancient Greeks--and later, of the Romans--have figured prominently in legendry, poetry, drama, and the visual arts. But today's readers are often confused when they encounter the myriad names of those deities and try to understand their roles in mythology. This entertaining and mind-expanding book charts 100 of the most prom ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Barron's Educational Series (first published January 1st 2007)
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So far so bad......I'm dying here....and so utterly confused, As if I'm gonna remember any of this, and then it's like all these people are related so it's all very incestuous, redundant, and violent (all these Gods & Goddesses killing everyone out of Jealousy,. It is amazing that any of them lived at all)
. I'm so very glad there is no test on this, because you know, I'm not going to remember too much of this information.

Actually,this book got better mid way through.
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Heather
I love Greek mythology more and more every day, this is a great resource, informative, easy to read, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mayday
Oct 06, 2014 Mayday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who love mythology
Educating.

I have been obsessed with Alexander the Great after watching Fate/Zero and the story about him involved many Greek mythology so I want to know more about that.

Very hard at first because I find the names are hard to pronounce, in the end I choose to remember what the guys did in the myth than their names. I didn't study this at school and took no interest anyway, my old high school even had books about Greek myth but I was like "nah", knowing who are Zeus and Hades is enough for me. I
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Tantri Setyorini
A little lack of detail. But the illustrations are so beautiful.
One thing about the illustrations:
beauty standard of that time is plumpy woman wiht motherlike figure.
David Gwartney
I had read a couple other books recounting many of the Greek myths and even listened to an iTunes U class on the subject. This book was a perfect way to tie all those other resources together in a way that gave an overview to each story, the characters involved, and the relation of those principle characters to other stories and the Greek gods. Before reading this book, it was difficult to remember different personalities and why their involvement was important in a given myth, but this book rea ...more
Sara
Has a family tree spanning the whole book. Really a great read. Thanks aunt sheila!
Robert
I was disappointed in a variety of aspect. THe orientation by characters did not always work, and towards the end: where he did the Trojan war felt the characters were not the major ones I would want to hear more about in this type of summary.
And sometimes I did not need the conflicting myths - when important to the myth I wanted to hear it - but not when a detail of siring and claim.

BUt still worked as a readable summary.
M
I was super super bored attempting to read from cover to cover. This book would probably be okay for referencing. I think it was a difficult way to leart about deities, I read it to learn, as I never took a mythology class. I think maybe I will try reading the mythological stories instead now, it's GOT to be more interesting than this book.
Kristi
I loved the set up this of the novel and how all the information is presented. The family tree aspect with the Ancestry. The images were beautiful. The information was presented in more of a reference style but I still really liked it!

This is definitely a great addition to mythology collection!
nicki
I really liked this and thought the myths were very intriguing, especially regarding the hero's. I wish it went more in depth at some parts but I suppose that's why you read the Iliad or the Odyssey. Well I think I am going to go watch Troy now and understand the references a whole lot more.
Edith
Le livre le plus clair que j'ai lu sur le sujet. En plus que c'est vraiment facile de se mélanger dans la mythologie. Des arbres généalogiques à chaque page alors on sait toujours qui est l'enfant de qui et d'où il/elle vient. Très bien fait. Seul défaut, ils se sont limités à 100 personnages...
Laura
This isn't a book you want to read cover to cover, but it is a fun, concise guide for refreshing your memory on the many characters in Greek mythology. I've found it to be a great companion while reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Bumblebeebookworm
Fantastic book when you need to look up something regarding Greek Mythology among other things. I do this every so often when I write stories about it. It's brilliant when it comes to facts, pictures and whom was related to whom.
Marialacey4
I continue to use this as a reference when reading the Rick Riordan; Percy Jackson series and the latest Heros of Olympus series. I love Greek and roman mythology! This book is easy to look up the gods and has great ancestry diagrams.
Kim Graff
This is a good book for those with little knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology. In other words, it's a good start. The sections are small and informative, but the book is a bit repetitive.
Emelie Johansson
It was really good and interesting, it contains a lot of stories and myths. If you are interested in mythology it´s definitely worth to read.
Alyssa
Really interesting. I loved the way it overlapped stories instead of assuming you remembered everything about everyone in the book.
Mayuko
I don't think I'll be reading any more Greek mythology books after this... Greek gods are not fun...
Mary Rich
Es ameno pero bastante lacónico y en su edición en castellano no muy bien traducido.
Kourtney
Although I really liked the book, the author contradicted himself in several places.
Brianna
It was a fascinating book about mythology but I did not read it all, just parts.
Jessica Lowery
100 Characters from Classical Mythology and a short synopsis about their stories.
Ariel Murray
Awesome book! I love Greek Mythology! ^ _ ^
Illizt
Pretty basic
Shannon Smalley
Very Informational Book.
Marcie Wirth
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