The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: An A - Z Guide to the Myths and Legends of the Ancient World
The myths and legends of the ancient worlds, from Greece, Rome and Egypt to the Norse and Celtic lands, through Persia and India to China and the Far East. A comprehensive A to Z of the classic stories of gods and goddesses, heroes and mythical beasts, wizards and warriors.
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As Greeks living before and after Plato evidently understood, myths were fictitious
stories that illustrated truth. The Romans were no less impressed by the range
and interest of Greek mythology. Indeed, they adopted it wholesale and identified
Aeneas was a Trojan hero and the son of Anchises and VENUS, the Roman
goddess of love. He was the favourite of the Romans, who believed that some of
their eminent families were descended from the Trojans who fled westwards with
VESTA was the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Hestia, who was the
goddess of the hearth. Vesta, however, was worshipped both as the guardian of
the domestic hearth and also as the personification of the ceremonial flame.
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Comprehensive reference guide to world mythology with sections on classical world, norse lands, south and central asia, egypt and west asia, celtic world, east asia. Entries are made in A-Z format within each main section with lots of full colour illustrations and photos. Read full review