Friday, December 17, 2010

Greco-Roman Mythology

There are literally thousands of myths that have survived from ancient Greece and Rome, so the real challenge is narrowing your topic and finding just which sources you want to work with.

To get some ideas, you might want to start by browsing through some past Storybooks about ancient Greece and Rome, which include projects about the heroes (such as Odysseus, Perseus, etc.), gods and goddesses, and also mythological creatures.

Online Resources. Both Theoi.com and Wikipedia are great online resources for ancient Greek and Roman culture, and you can find lots of Greco-Roman mythology books online. Since the real challenge is finding your focus in this huge topic area, I've provided a list of some specific areas you might want to consider and some readings for each:
  • Mythological creatures. The Theoi Bestiary is an amazing place to begin your research into the world of Greek mythological creatures. 
  • Gods and goddesses. For the Olympian gods, Theoi (the word "theoi" means "gods" in Greek) is again the best place to start - and don't forget about the other divine beings, such as the ancient Titans or the nymphs and other gods of nature who are also well-represented at the Theoi site.
  • Heroes. For heroes, Wikipedia is your best starting point to get an overview of each hero's adventures, including Aeneas, Jason, Odysseus, Perseus, and Theseus.
  • Women. There are also many remarkable women whose stories are told in the ancient Greek myths; you can find a list of women from Greek myth at Wikipedia, with the names linked to the individual article for each woman.
  • Constellations. The planets and many of the stars take their names from Greek myths also; you can find some very useful books about constellation myths at Google Books.


(an image from the Coronelli Celestial Globe
by Mike Smail at Flickr)
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