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Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth

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A book by Bernard; Evslin, Dorothy; Hoopes, and Ned Evslin

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Author: Dorothy; Hoopes, Ned Evslin, Bernard; Evslin
Publisher: Scholastic Incorporated
1 review about Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth

Learning mythology is a critical component of education and this book is a valuable secondary reference

  • Mar 2, 2008
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+5
Although some don't like to admit it, a great many aspects of the Judeo-Christian culture, including religion, have their basis in the myths of the early Greeks. Their principle of superhuman and fickle gods who grant immediate favor or disfavor is clearly apparent in the accounts of the Old Testament. References to entities such as Icarus, Oedipus, Medusa and Midas appear rather regularly in discussions about modern activities. Given this backdrop, a fundamental education in Greek mythology is essential for the modern person. This book can serve as a key cog in that education.
The stories in this collection for young people feature among others Perseus, Theseus, Daedalus, Icarus, Atalanta, Midas, Pygmalion and Galatea. There is little reference to the more powerful Greek gods, which makes it more a secondary reference than a primary one. I strongly recommend this book as a source for the education of middle school students.

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