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The Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome

A Guide to the Classical Pantheon

Philip Matyszak


In this elegant, illustrated guide to the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome, Philip Matyszak vividly retells their stories and explores their place at the heart of Greco-Roman culture

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Who were the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome and what did they mean to the people who worshiped them? We know them as enthralling characters in enduringly powerful myths, as found in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The gods are immortal and powerful yet also vain, vindictive, and vulnerable. Moreover, as manifestations of death, fertility, love, and war, they are also our key to understanding how the Greeks and Romans made sense of their world.

In this beautifully illustrated guide to the Greco-Roman pantheon Philip Matyszak presents the gods in all their complexity. Each chapter focuses on an individual god or goddess, mixing history with lively retellings of the myths in which they have a starring role, from stories of cosmic creation and universal war to musical contests and disastrous weddings. Matyszak ventures beyond the traditional Olympian pantheon and brings to light such gods and goddesses as Isis, adopted by the Romans from Egypt, Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, and the enigmatic Mithras, centre of a mystery cult. Although their time of widespread worship has long passed, these gods and goddesses have fascinated and inspired artists and writers for millennia. This book is lavishly illustrated with both ancient art and later reinterpretations of the famous myths, making it a must-have for anyone interested in Greek and Roman mythology.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 176

Publication date: 29 September 2022

ISBN: 9780500024188

Contents List


Zeus / Jupiter
Hera / Juno
Aphrodite / Venus
Hades / Pluto
Poseidon / Neptune
Demeter / Ceres

Athena / Minerva
Artemis / Diana
Hermes / Mercury
Ares / Mars
Dionysus / Bacchus
Hephaestus / Vulcan

Hecate / Trivia
Hestia / Vesta
Asclepius / Aesculapius

Between Human and Divine

About the Author

Philip Matyszak is the author of many bestselling books on classical civilization, including The Greek and Roman Myths, Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day, Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day and, most recently, Forgotten Peoples of the Ancient World.

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