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Gods, Demigods & Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology PDF, ePub eBook Gods, Demigods and Demons is a concise, yet wide-ranging handbook of Greek mythology that promises a vivid introduction to the great myths of ancient Greece. Here are the gods of the Olympian pantheon. Here too are the demigods, demons, heroes, and many of the best-loved (as well as lesser-known) cycles, fables and nature myths. The entries, always readable and informative Gods, Demigods and Demons is a concise, yet wide-ranging handbook of Greek mythology that promises a vivid introduction to the great myths of ancient Greece. Here are the gods of the Olympian pantheon. Here too are the demigods, demons, heroes, and many of the best-loved (as well as lesser-known) cycles, fables and nature myths. The entries, always readable and informative, convey the significance of Greek mythology and its place at the core of Western culture. They evoke the majesty, as well as the all-too-human foibles, of the Greek deities and their acolytes. Whether they find themselves caught up by the single combat of Hector and Achilles before the looming walls of Troy; or find themselves transported, like Odysseus, by the haunting song of the Sirens; or are thrilled by the quest of Jason and his Argonauts for the fabled Golden Fleece - enthusiasts of myth and ancient history will discover many richnesses to enjoy here. Gods, Demigods and Demons is both a helpful guide and a one-stop resource that can be consulted again and again. It will prove an indispensable companion to the world of the ancient Greeks and the gods they worshipped.

30 review for Gods, Demigods & Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rama

    The treasures of Greek mythology This book is introductory in nature that describes Greek gods, goddesses and heroes that have inspired human creativity in Western civilization. It delineates Greek myths and their relevance to Greek religion and nature worship, which was also prevalent in ancient Israel and ancient India. The gods and goddesses are described alphabetically and the myths include stories about the gods and the role they played in human emancipation. Ancient Greek, Egypt and Roman The treasures of Greek mythology This book is introductory in nature that describes Greek gods, goddesses and heroes that have inspired human creativity in Western civilization. It delineates Greek myths and their relevance to Greek religion and nature worship, which was also prevalent in ancient Israel and ancient India. The gods and goddesses are described alphabetically and the myths include stories about the gods and the role they played in human emancipation. Ancient Greek, Egypt and Roman religions had numerous gods and goddesses. They were worshipped similar to gods of Rigveda in ancient India. But these religions did not survive after the advent of Christianism because there were no sacred scriptures and religious literature that could have supported their beliefs and practices. In contrast to this, Ṛgveda evolved as a major sacred scripture of early Hinduism that paved the way for other Vedic literature like Aranyakas, Brahmanas, Upanishads, epics (Itihasa), Bhagavadgita, and Puranas. The six schools of Hindu Philosophy that includes Vedanta were built on strong foundations of Vedic literature. This partly explains the survival of Hinduism over Greek, Egyptian and Roman religions. In addition, the Roman Empire’s embrace of Christianism accelerated the dominance of Roman Catholic faith. The Greek religion believed that the pantheon of deities lived on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. From their perch, they ruled every aspect of human life. Olympian gods and goddesses looked like men and women, but they could change themselves into animals and other things. Homer’s epics of the Iliad and the Odyssey described the mythical story of Trojan War as a divine conflict as well as a human one. But he did not name the gods and goddesses who are probably his main characters. But about one hundred years later, Hesiod’s Theogony offered the first written origin story of Greek mythology. It said that the universe came from nothingness (Chaos, a primeval void) to being, and a family tree of elements, gods and goddesses evolved. They descended from all over; Gaia (Earth), Ouranos (Sky), Pontos (Sea) and Tartaros (the Underworld). Serval gods of Greek and Roman religions bear resemblance to gods of Ṛgveda of Hinduism. They all have originated from a proto Indo-European inhabitants (Yamnaya culture). For example, god’s names had similar origin; Zeus (Greek) and Dyaus Pitar (Hindu); Hades (Greek), Yama (Hindu) and Yima (Persian mythology); Uranus (Greek) and Varuna (Hindu); Mars (Greek) and Maruts (Hindu); Daphne (Greek) Dahana (Hindu); and Paris (Greek) Panis (Hindu). Zeus (Greek), the king of gods is affirmed with thunder and lightning, the lightning bolt as his primary weapon. Similarly Vedic god Indra is king of the gods and heavens. One of his trademarks is the “Vajras” or lightning bolt, representing immense power and influence. Saraswati (Hindu goddess) is a “cosmic musician,” embodying perfection, knowledge, and wisdom, and Athena (Greek goddess) is very intelligent (Regula) and heroic. The Vedic trinity in ancient Hinduism was Indra, Varuna and Mitra, whose Greek counterparts were Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. The supreme ruler of the Proto-Indo-European pantheon was the god *Dyḗus Pḥatḗr, whose name literally means "Sky Father". He was believed to have been worshipped as the god of the day-lit skies. Linguists reconstruct the names of some deities in the Proto-Indo-European language. The term for "God" was deiwos; this is reflected in Hittite as sius; Latin as Deus or divus; Sanskrit as deva; and Persian as daeva or div. This is a good book for quick reference. But the author does not provide any illustrations, photographs, drawings or genealogical tables. In fact there is no introduction to this volume. Recommended to readers interested in ancient history, Greek history and Greek religion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Q.

    I've actually had this book since Elementary school. I got it through the Scholastic book order things Elementary Schools offer. I was a geek, sue me. As a kid I would read the entries and re-read my favourites. I must have read Athena's entry a hundred times, and then yell at the Hercules and Xena TV shows because they were wrong, wrong, wrong!. While writing my own mythology epic I actually found myself running to this book, dog-eared and yellowed-paged as it is, for refresher courses on certain I've actually had this book since Elementary school. I got it through the Scholastic book order things Elementary Schools offer. I was a geek, sue me. As a kid I would read the entries and re-read my favourites. I must have read Athena's entry a hundred times, and then yell at the Hercules and Xena TV shows because they were wrong, wrong, wrong!. While writing my own mythology epic I actually found myself running to this book, dog-eared and yellowed-paged as it is, for refresher courses on certain mythological figures or double checking things. It's a true encyclopedia that is packed with knowledge and straight-forward facts. It's a great introduction to Greek Mythology and while it's not heavy or overwhelming, it's certainly not dumbed down for kids, making it a great read for everybody.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Fun fact: this book is why I knew the correct pronunciation of Hermione before the movies came out. Take that, teen friends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alessandria

    Greek mythology has been my area of expertise ever since I was in the 6th grade. Tell me to name the twelve Olympian gods, and I will name them all, and then some. I like this book because it is more informative than others, and it tells you much more details, such as more about Perseus, and how he killed the monster that was sent by Poseidon to kill Andromeda. Some say he used the head of Medusa, others say he cuts it's head off. This book uses alot of fugurative language to let you know just w Greek mythology has been my area of expertise ever since I was in the 6th grade. Tell me to name the twelve Olympian gods, and I will name them all, and then some. I like this book because it is more informative than others, and it tells you much more details, such as more about Perseus, and how he killed the monster that was sent by Poseidon to kill Andromeda. Some say he used the head of Medusa, others say he cuts it's head off. This book uses alot of fugurative language to let you know just what the author is thinking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vida

    Fairly comprehensive. Would be nice if related items were listed after each entry--I spent hours thumbing through the names, trying to find the wife Achilles installed in an island after his death (checking out the competition. Haha). Understandably, this would pose a lot of problems since some figures are connected to practically everyone else (e.g. Zeus). And yes, I did read the entire thing from cover to cover. At least twice. Because I'm obsessive about my mythology that way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    I read this handbook several years ago, and what I remember are the vivid, concise entries and descriptions. While it's impossible to cram a whole world of Greek mythology in one little handbook, Mt. Evslin does a superb job of covering as much as he can, and giving us the most important facts about each. Overall, it serves as a good handbook and jumping off point for those who want something to start off with when learning about mythology.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    This is without a doubt my most well worn, used and abused book. The cover is falling off. No other books in my collection (with the exception of my dictionary) hold that claim to fame. :). I got it through the scholastic book club through school when I was in grade seven and have loved it ever since. Plus, I found what my (real) first name means, thanks to this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luis Rendon

    I first got this book when I bought a videogame based on Greek Mythology somewhere in 2015. I bought it to help me understand and learn about Greek Mythology. I use it to this day when I needed helping understanding stories or references. It also helped catch my interest in other books based on Greek Mythology.

  9. 5 out of 5

    angrykitty

    ok...so i thought that i wrote a review.....anyway.....this is a really good resource when teaching mythology. it's not a definitive source, but it's a nice quick reference guide, and it's really helpful when trying to refresh your memory.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Thomas

    For any lover of Greek Mythology, this book describes and tells you about Greeks gods, demigods, and demons. All of your favorites, Zeus Perseus< Jason, Hades, Atlas, Hermes etc. Even if you dont like reading Greek Mythology, this encyclopedia will inform you about all of the famous Greeks!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

    great source for information. it can be useful in more than just the research essay way. if you memorize a few names and show off your knowledge you can use this book as proof that, yes indeed, i am right and you are wrong.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Rupel

    This is a great reference book. It is set up just like an encyclopedia. It is easy to use when looking for a specific character and place. I read it straight through as a child, but now I use it when I need to look up a name. It is well-written and well-researched.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erfeo

    Rather disappointing that, despite the title, it doesn't have an entry for Daemon/Daimon or related spirits like Agathodaemon or Kakodaemon. The usefulness of an encyclopaedia seems limited in the age of wikipedia, unless it's a lot more comprehensive than this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa Anderson

    A great book for those studying Greek Mythology.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    This would be a great pocket refernce guide for someone already in the know who just needs a little brush-up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    greco roman myth collection, of course it is rad

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dayna Smith

    A thorough reference work for all characters related to Greek Mythology. Evslin writes in a way that is easy to read and understand. A must have reference if you enjoy Greek Mythology.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sherina

    EVERYONE. READ. THIS. Especially to my co-demigods! ;)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rocio Rodriguez Torres

    This book was amazing and contain a lot of storis and information, too sad I lost my copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    This book was a staple of my childhood.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Well rounded for all of the basics. This is an excellent book for easy reference and if you need to look something up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    I've had this book since I was 8 years old. It's still a good resource!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Skylar

    Really interesting book. It have the name of all god and goddess and also include a brief intro of each.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rondel

    I NEVER READ IT BUT ANYTHING WITH GREEK GODS MUST BE GREAT ANY IDEAS WERE I CAN GET THE BOOK?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    A particularly helpful reference book. I purchased my first copy almost 20 years ago. It's been replaced since then and I even used it as a resource for a class I taught this summer.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Something

    Now I wish I owned this book, then I could remember the greek gods better lol.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Craig Thompson

    Nice mini-encyclopedia of Greek mythology - if you just want the basics that is.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Really helpful reference in understanding the myths.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cory Daniel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

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