|William F. Russell|
|Pages/Publication Date:||266 / 1989|
|Publisher:||Three Rivers Press|
More than just a foundation for Western art and literature, Greek and Roman mythology is part of our everyday language. The wild escapades and magical misadventures of these ancient tales are also thrilling in their own right, though the sprawling cast of characters and complex relationships can make them daunting to read. Handpicked by educator William Russell, the myths in this volume are adapted for all ages—perfect for reading aloud—and include plot overviews, pronunciation keys, and cultural notes. Here are tales of Orpheus and his lyre, Pygmalion and his perfect sculpture, the love of Cupid and Psyche, and of course the brilliant inventions of Daedalus and the tragic fall of his son Icarus. Here too are epic accounts of the Trojan War, the wandering voyages of Ulysses, and Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece.