Explore mythology and art with information about the classic stories of heroes and gods...from the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, to the legends of the Celts. Mythography presents resources and reference materials about mythology - including recommended books, and lexicons that explain Greek, Roman, and Celtic terms.

Gardner's Art Through the Ages

This book is the classic reference for the study of art. It features a history of artists and their works, as well as lucid and engaging descriptions of the styles and periods of art history. Highly recommended for both students and scholars.

Aphrodite in Art
Aphrodite in Myth
Art Themes

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King Arthur in Myth

The legend of King Arthur is complex and fascinating. Over the years, countless scholars, writers, poets, and storytellers have contributed to a vast body of work about this extraordinary figure. All of this information about Arthur makes it difficult to write concisely about him. However, since many of us have an interest in this larger than life hero, it makes sense to summarize the major events of his story. Many versions of the legend of King Arthur include the following points:

I | Arthur was born (under somewhat magical circumstances...) the son of a king.

II | As an infant, he was taken by the mage Merlin, to grow up in seclusion from the deadly affairs surrounding the royal court.

III | When he reached maturity, Arthur proved his birthright by claiming the sword Excalibur.

IIII | By uniting several of the warring factions of Britain, he consolidated his hold on the country, and rose to become High King of the island.

V | Arthur married the lovely Guinevere.

VI | The King was influential in organizing the Knights of the Round Table and their Quest for the Holy Grail.

VII | After the death of Arthur, there was a mystical promise of his return someday.

As familiar as these events are to many of us, they are merely a portion of the legend of King Arthur. To learn more about Arthur, be sure to read some recommended books in the Bibliography.

King Arthur in Art

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Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

This book is a great source for information about Celtic mythology! Described as both a "who's who" and a "what's what", this reference book features entries on the important gods, heroes, and other characters from Celtic myth and legend.

Bulfinch's Mythology

Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend

The Bibliography

If you want more recommended resources for information about Celtic myths, visit the books section - it lists books about mythology, art, literature, and more.