With the help of the creature's half-sister, Ariadne, Theseus was able to enter the labyrinth where the monster lived, slay the beast and find his way out again. Perfect for people with busy lives who still want to discover-or rediscover-just how transformative an act of reading can be, these 36 lectures range from short stories of fewer than 10 pages to novellas and novels of around 200 pages. Ah, but for the youth I shall let it go on the library shelves! It was easy to understand and the stories were exciting. But Theseus, using a ball of magic thread from the princess , found his way in and out of the labyrinth and killed the beast. Arachne was a young girl who lived in Lydia, famous for its purple dye. A handsome shepherd prince loved by the moon-goddess Selene. It was an offspring of Typhon.
But the war was long ago, and she was beautiful. At the funeral games honoring , entered the wrestling contests. It was easy to understand and the stories were exciting. Mythology succeeds like no other audiobook in bringing to life for the modern listener the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. Clearly this author has a preference for Apollo, seeing as he covers more Apollo related stories than anything. Translated into multiple languages, and with more than ten million copies sold, this invaluable resource has become a classic in itself.
She laid an egg from which was hatched Helen and the Dioscuri twins. They were driven mad and dismembered one of their sons before being transformed into owls and bats. In another myth, after Athena wins a weaving contest against a Lydian girl named Arachne, the goddess turns her into a spider. Though I listened to the audiobook, I think it would have been an easy and enjoyable read. Honestly, it's not a bad book. In one sense, it was nostalgic, even though I'd never read them before. I think some of the male gods may have had hundreds of progeny.
But she is perhaps best known for vowing to marry the first man who could beat her in a footrace. Lykourgos A Thracian king who attacked the company of the god Dionysus driving him to seek refuge the sea. Kyknos Thyrios An Aetolian youth who demanded many difficult labours of his love Phyllius. Heracles was sent to fetch these as one of his twelve labours and slew the king in his quest. A handsome giant and hunter, companion of the goddess Artemis.
As a young man, the gods helped Perseus to slay the snaky-tressed gorgon , who was so ugly that she could turn to stone anyone who looked directly at her. Koronis A Triccan princess loved by the god Apollo. Once she persuaded the other gods into a plot against him. A child of Helius the sun, who persuaded his father to let him ride the solar chariot, but lost control and was blasted from the sky by Zeus. A gigantic lion with impenetrable skin that eventually became the star constellation Leo.
The other gods in the Pantheon were Zeus''s children; three of them were also Hera''s. Written with the uninitiated in mind. Later he said that it was his shout that made the Titans flee. All the monsters mentioned so far had been both monstrous in appearance and deed, but there were many other characters in Greek mythology who were perhaps monstrous in appearance but would side with the gods of Mount Olympus. Gaea sent a scorpion to destroy him when he boasted he would hunt down all the animals of the earth. A Thessalian princess who was seduced by the god Poseidon in the guise of the river Enipeus. The final stories of Atalanta, King Midas, and Pygmalion teach children universal themes of love and greed which still abound in modern society.
I really like how the book is written which is why I'm trying to get a hardcover version which I am hoping will be longer lasting. At that point, the infuriated god turned them both into lions. One of the most famous monsters in Greek mythological tales is the , the half-bull, half-man, who had a penchant for Athenian youths. He was slain by Heracles who was sent to fetch the horses as one of his twelve labours. One by one, he swallowed them all.
For ten years Achilles was a great hero in the Trojan War. Hydra The hydra was a fearsome monster from Greek Mythology. Erysikhthon A Thessalian king who chopped down the sacred grove of the goddess Demeter and was inflicted with insatiable hunger. Cadmus was the Phoenician founder of Thebes. Typhon and Zeus would face each other in an epic battle, a battle which Zeus only just wo, but as a result Typhon would be buried beneath Mount Etna. It was a son, and she named him Zeus.
They thanked Zeus and immediately chose him to be their leader. I've kept and even reread my copy all these years, but misplaced it recently, so I'm back to buy a new copy for my sons, 7 and 10. Finally, a young man named Oedipus solved the Sphinxes riddle and the city was saved. We have known the Greek Gods, the demigods and the heroes through various re tellings in fiction and movies that try to capture their essence in terms of powers and conquests. This well-known monster was a three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades.