I was perusing another book blog (sorry – not sure how whose it was but it was good), and was greatly impressed with this person’s familiarity and knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology. At the very same time, I’d also been thinking about reading (and reminding) myself about these very same myths that I’d read way back in junior high (or even earlier).
And then – serendipity: I found a Scholastic book of myths in the thrift shop the other day so I snapped that sucker up.
This was very fun to dip my toes into the ancient world of gods and goddesses and their overlap with the messy and imperfect lives of the humans, and I thoroughly enjoyed this reminder of old gods such as Perseus and Theseus and new ones (to me) such as Atalanta. Can’t forget old Midas and Pygmalion as well…
This very quick read was followed up with a supplemental read of the fabulous DK Eyewitness book about mythology, but this volume encompasses much more than just the Greek and Roman world as it also includes myths and cultural beliefs from across millennia and across the world.
I had been rather hoping for a more focused look at the Greek and Roman myths, but sometimes you don’t know what you need and the Book Gods fill in the gaps for you, and that is what this DK Eyewitness read was for me. This was like a visit to a really well-curated museum exhibit on the subject.
Thoroughly enjoyed this and now I’m on the lookout for more myths. I’ve missed my myths. Ha.
Icarus’s last words made me laugh! As did the cover to the Heroes and Monsters book because they totally made Perseus look like Harry Hamlin from Clash of the Titans 😀
That is a hilarious observation about Harry Hamlin! I hadn’t spotted that until you said that..!