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The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about the stories, heroes and gods of ancient Greece and Rome - from the siege of Troy and the quest for the Golden Fleece to such figures as Hercules and Juno. It will also enhance an understanding of the art and literature of antiquity, as well as classical references in the works of later painters and writers. Contains standard versions and significant variants of myths surrounding the heroes and heroines of Homer's Odyssey and Iliad and other Greek classical works Describes the Olympian gods and goddesses in their Greek and Roman guises - their adventures, disputes and erotic entanglements Covers legends and foundation stories of Rome, including Aeneas and Romulus and Remus Includes comprehensive cross-referencing and genealogical tables to show the complex links between different characters and myths
Pierre Grimal was born in Paris in 1912. He was a teacher at the Lycees de Rennes and then Senior Lecturer at Caen University. His most recent post was as Professor at Sorbonne University until 1982. He has edited and translated many books on Greek and Latin Literature and is considered the most prominent specialist on Ancient Rome.