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100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities Hardcover – Mar 1 2007

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (March 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764160060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764160066
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Malcolm Day has written and edited many books on the subjects of religion, mythology, and ancient and biblical history.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sitruk on Aug. 19 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book gives only a snap shot of some of the great characters and stories in classic mythology. It never real goes that deep or provides enough information. It is handy to have as an "coles notes" type of book.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and enlightening Aug. 6 2010
By Ligia M. Oliveira - Published on Amazon.com
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The genealogy trees are very enlightening to the understanding of the myths (there are big wide ones and small ones in each chapter), the pictures of related art are high quality and beautifuly printed, and the characters are insightfully described even though not that deeply. With one or two pages for each character, the author was able to provide a basic yet fulfilling understanding of the greek divinities and their roman equivalents. Still, the book has a few errors like mispells and one or another graphic inconsistencies, but I didn't mind. The paintings and genealogy trees are awesome!
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
100 Characters from Classical Mythology Jan. 7 2009
By Gabriela Wanless - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book as a gift for a 13 year old girl. It was her mother's recommendation and we were not sure if it would be ideal for a girl of that age but it was right on the mark. Great for students interested in mythology and a wonderful value.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very informative. Sept. 12 2010
By Réalta - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been studying Greek Mythology for many years and I am always looking for new books on the subject. I found this book to be very informative and accurate. It is also very easy to follow for those just learning about the subject. Also it was great that it has many of the new updates about Greek Mythology. New facts that have recently been discovered were included in this book. I think this is a must have book for long time Mythology fans as well as beginners.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Review of 100 Characters From Classical Mythology Feb. 25 2009
By Ryan Mease - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This work is an excellent introduction to the basic stories of classical, especially Greek, mythology. The artwork is amazing, and the author includes a geneaology chart on every page.

Each character is described regarding his or her (or its) major mythological stories and theological concerns (things the figure is "god of").

This is only meant to be an introduction, a concise reference. In this respect, it exceeds amazingly.

As the book carries on, Day often leaves much of his geneaologies to be assumed, and in this sense they are not always best for reference. The book lacks a quailty introduction, which should more thoroughly elucidate the religious culture of the ancient world (which is reference within the work, assuming that the reader is familiar with sacrifice and cult worship).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Good Place to Start Jan. 13 2012
By iceangel13 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping for a bit more from this book but it did not provide. This book only covers the very basics of the most common Greek Gods, Goddesses, and heroes. The family tree for each mythological character was interesting but a little bit confusing. Also some of the post popular myths and ideas where not even addressed. This book would be a good place to start for someone who is completely new to Greek mythology, but I was looking for something a bit more comprehensive than this. I'm still giving it four stars however because it is a good quick reference book.