Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook: From Aphrodite to Zeus, a Profile of Who's Who in Greek Mythology (Hardcover)
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Finally sort out who’s who in Greek mythology—from gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everyone in between!
Greek mythology continues to appear in popular movies and books today but have you ever wondered about where these characters started out? Discover the origins of your favorite characters from Greek mythology with this collection of profiles to tell you who’s who in classical lore!
In Greek Mythology, you will discover the backstories of the heroes, villains, gods, and goddesses that enjoy popularity in today’s shows and films. With comprehensive entries that outline each character’s name, roles, related symbols, and foundational myths, you can get to know the roots of these personas and better understand the stories they inspire today. With this character-focused, handy reference, you will never be confused about Ancient Greece!
About the Author
Liv Albert has a degree in classical civilizations and English literature from Concordia University in Montreal. Liv is the creator, host, and producer of the popular Greek and Roman mythology podcast, Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! where she brings her modern perspective and her education in classical civilizations together to explore Greek myths from a casual, humorous perspective.
Sara Richard is an Eisner and Ringo Award–nominated artist from New Hampshire. Her art is inspired by Art Nouveau, Art Deco, funerary imagery, and the natural world. Her creations tend to skew into the macabre and unknown with a balance of sweetness and sentimentality, honoring the Victorian-era theme of Memento Mori. As a native of New Hampshire, Sara grew up surrounded by trees and plenty of wild mushrooms. When not making art or writing, she’s watching horror movies, cleaning forgotten gravestones with her mom, and collecting possibly haunted curiosities from the 19th century. Her online gallery can be found at SaraRichard.com.
“Albert gives a witty and unapologetic perspective on famous classical stories through a modern, feminist lens.”
—Rachel Smythe, creator of the Lore Olympus Webtoon
“This is not your grandma’s mythology primer. Liv Albert continues her work to bring Greek mythology into modern times with this refreshing, forward-thinking, and best of all, hilarious almanac. Paired with the stunning artwork by Sara Richard, the book feels like an heirloom created for our generation to pass down.”
—Emily Edwards, author and host of the Fuckbois of Literature podcast
“Beautifully illustrated and instantly absorbing, Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook tells the familiar stories in a fresh, entertaining way and also delves into more obscure myths, origin stories, and characters—leaving no corner of Greek mythology unexplored.”
—Jenny Williamson, cohost of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast
“Gripping, deftly executed, and beautifully told, Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook is at once a primer for those new to mythology and a compass for those looking to further explore the stories that still shape our world. Feminist and wise, this is a must-read for fans of Lore Olympus or Percy Jackson.”
—Genn McMenemy, cohost of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast
“I highly recommend reading this book if you want to know all the gossip straight from Mount Olympus. This will be a treasured book for any new or longtime Greek mythology obsessives.”
—Mari Phillips, owner of MYTHSNTiTS, illustrator
“Liv brings her trademark panache to this collection! This handbook is packed with connections between ancient myth and popular culture. It’s a wild ride accompanied by Sara Richard’s gorgeous illustrations, suitable for those who adore mythology and enthusiastic beginners. This book is a treat for anyone who likes their ancient past with a dose of humor. We know that we do!”
—Dr. Rad and Dr. G, cohosts of The Partial Historians podcast
“Brilliant, funny, and exciting….Greek mythology can be complex, and Liv has explained it in a way that is easy to digest, with some beautiful imagery alongside the stories.”
—Jeff Murray, artist
“A stylish new guide book for modern audiences.”
“A delightfully updated version of many of the most famous Greek myths.”
“There’s a lot of information packed in this impressive book.”
“A must-have guide to who’s who in Greek myth … the stunning illustrations are exquisite and breathtaking, making this book a beautiful piece of art as well as an excellent source of knowledge and entertainment.”
—Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne
“A beautifully illustrated and well-written introduction to the wide world of Greek mythology.”
—A Universe in Words
“Smart and witty.”
"A fun, engaging handbook with beautiful illustrations."
—Rhea Classica Review