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Greek Myths

Hardcover, quarter-bound, 8.1 x 10.1 in., 3.17 lb, 336 pages
US$ 40
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This collection of 47 tales from Gustav Schwab’s seminal anthology of Greek myths stages the illustrious exploits of Heracles, Jason, Odysseus, and a host of heroes. Through the masterful drawings of Clifford Harper and artworks from the leading figures of the Golden Age of Illustration, including Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham, and Virginia Frances Sterrett, the world of Greek mythology is reimagined into life.

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Ancient Superheroes

Greek legends as illustrated classics for young and old
The Greek myths are timeless classics, whose scenes and figures have captivated us since ancient times. The gods and heroes of these legends hold up a mirror to the human condition, embodying universal characteristics and truths – whether it be the courage of Perseus, the greed of Midas, the vaulting ambition of Icarus, the vengeance of Medea, or the hubris of Niobe. These traits are the basis for immortal dramas and rich narratives, as profound as they are entertaining, which form the bedrock of our culture and literature today and remain relevant and fascinating for all readers, young and old alike.

This edition contains 47 tales based on the most famous episodes in Greek mythology, from Prometheus, the Argonauts, and Theseus to the Trojan War and Homer’s Odyssey. The individual texts are selected from the seminal work Sagen des klassischen Altertums (Legends of Classical Antiquity) by Gustav Schwab (1792–1850), and strikingly illustrated by 29 artists, among them outstanding representatives of the Golden Age of Book Illustration and the Arts and Crafts Movement, including Walter Crane (1845–1915), Arthur Rackham (1867–1939), William Russell Flint (1880–1969), and Virginia Frances Sterrett (1900–1930).

These illustrations are complemented by scene-setting vignettes for each story and a genealogical tree of Greek gods and goddesses by Clifford Harper, commissioned especially for this volume. Placing the tales in context, the book contains a historical introduction by Dr. Michael Siebler and is rounded off with biographies of all featured artists as well as an extensive glossary of ancient Greece’s most famous protagonists. The heroism, tragedy, and theater of Greek mythology glimmer through each tale in this lavishly illustrated edition, awakening the gods and heroes to new life.
The author

The editor

Michael Siebler studied classical archaeology and earned his doctoral degree through his study of the Roman Mars Ultor. He has taken part in several excavations, for example at Olympia, and after receiving his doctorate he initially worked in the German Archaeological Institute in Damascus. Subsequently he was a research associate at the Institute for Classical Archaeology at Mainz University and then a long-standing editor of the feature pages of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He currently works as a freelance writer, and since 1990 has published various works on Troy and Olympia.

Greek Myths
Hardcover, quarter-bound, 8.1 x 10.1 in., 3.17 lb, 336 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8472-2
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-8474-6
Edition: French
ISBN 978-3-8365-8475-3
Edition: Spanish

Customer reviews (7)

Wonderfull

Rita, October 29, 2021
One of the best books on the subject I´ve ever seen.
Wonderfull illustrations and the texts are the best versions of the classics.
Highly recommend it.

Great collection of my favourite childhood stories

Marcin, October 28, 2021
Beautiful edition, great selection of graphics combined with the stories. A must have for Grecophiles...

Greek myths take life!

Vasilis, October 28, 2021
The Greek mythical heroes and creatures are becoming alive through the pages of this Taschen book. The excellent print quality and beautiful arrangement make this book a must have to Greek mythology lovers!

Absolutely gorgeous as usual

Thomas, October 27, 2021
Really happy with my purchase, treat yourself to one of these.

A must have for Greeks and ancient Greece culture lovers

Efthymios, October 27, 2021
Amazing illustrations and high quality reproductions. A must have for my library.

Leyendas Griegas

Xavier, November 16, 2021
Un libro fantástico

Magnífica edición

Ana Rodríguez, November 12, 2021
Magnífica edición del clásico sobre mitología griega de G. Schwab. Incluye las leyendas agrupadas en ciclos por orden cronológico. Las ilustraciones son soberbias, con reproducciones de artistas como G. Moreau, Klimt, W. Russell Flint o Caravaggio.
Además, completan esta obra un árbol genealógico de los dioses, un mapa de la Hélade y un apéndice con biografías de los artistas y un glosario de términos.
En fin, lo recomiendo a todos aquellos que amen el arte y la mitología.
Greek Myths
Greek Myths
US$ 40
Greek Myths