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Home | Books | Myth | Book Review – Who’s Who in Classical Mythology
Of all the mythology reference books I own, my two main workhorses are The Oxford Classical Dictionary and Who’s Who in Classical Mythology. I find myself returning to The OCD and Who’s Who over and over when I’m writing for Mythography, or [...]

Book Review - Greek Art

by Erin on December 14, 2013

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I adore books. That’s one of the reasons I have an entire section devoted to books and book reviews here at the site. And I feel fortunate to have acquired a modest collection of books about art and mythology over the years. I guess it’s [...]

There’s a Lamia in My Swimming Pool

by Erin on November 10, 2012

I just finished rereading the book Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice. It’s a collection of tales from A. S. Byatt. Yes, the author of The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye and Possession - both of which, incidentally, I’ve written about here at Mythography.
One story, provocatively called “A Lamia in the Cévennes”, caught my attention. [...]

Works of the Roman Poet Ovid

by Erin on March 28, 2012

“My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes: may
the song I sing be seamless as its way
weaves from the world’s beginning to our day.”

(prologue to the Metamorphoses of Ovid)
You could say that it was love at first read. [...]

Story of the Selkie

by Erin on March 19, 2012

I am trying really hard to honor my promise of no spoilers from the book The Orphan’s Tales: In The Night Garden. Yes, I know you’re waiting for the “but”, so here it is. The one exception is the story of the Selkie. Sorry, I can’t resist sharing this tale here. It starts with “The [...]

Recently, I started reading a book that was so compelling, I could scarcely force myself to put it down. Indeed, I have stayed up far past my bedtime on several occasions, greedily devouring more and more of the chapters. This book is called The Orphans Tales: In the Night Garden, and it was written by [...]


Book Review - Olympian Dreamers

by Erin on February 26, 2012

Recently, I decided to reread a book I had originally studied long ago. Don’t worry, the topic is indeed related to both art and mythology. Okay, I will stop teasing you now and tell you more about this book, which is called, compellingly, Olympian Dreamers. The subtitle is “Victorian Classical Painters 1860-1914″.
Let’s begin the review [...]

The Ancient Greek Poet Homer

by Erin on February 24, 2012

There has been a great deal of controversy about the identity of Homer. He is the author credited with “writing” (or creating) the two great epics from ancient Greek civilization: the Iliad and the Odyssey. Scholars debated (and some still do) for decades about whether there was an actual man known as Homer, or if [...]

Book Review - Worshipping Aphrodite

by Erin on February 14, 2012

For Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be fun to take another look at that quintessential goddess of love, Aphrodite. So in honor of the holiday, I would like to celebrate this beguiling figure from myth by discussing a book devoted to her. The book is Worshipping Aphrodite. As the subtitle “Art and [...]

Mythology - Hera in the Homeric Epics

by Erin on January 24, 2012

Naturally, Hera - the queen of the Olympian gods - appears both in the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer. In these two epics her personality is revealed in a series of events. In my opinion, the most compelling of these episodes is the scene in the Iliad where Hera manipulates her husband Zeus. Here, [...]

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