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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Lexicon - Greek Terms
aegis | a shield; Zeus had a goat-skin aegis, while Athena adorned the aegis with the head of Medusa

alphabet | learn the letters of the Greek alphabet - from alpha to omega

amazons | a legendary race of warrior women; two important amazons were Hippolyta and Penthesilea

ambrosia | food of the Greek gods and goddesses

aphros | this word means "foam"; see Aphrodite for details

apotheosis | astute observers will recognize theos - Greek for god - in this word, and indeed, apotheosis refers to the transformation from human to divine

arete | this Greek word means "excellence"

Argonauts | a team of adventurers who went on a quest for the Golden Fleece; led by the hero Jason

Argos | this city in Greece was sacred to the goddess Hera - see the map

Athens | this important ancient Greek city was sacred to the goddess Athena - see the map

autochthony | born from the earth

bacchante | a female follower of the god Dionysos

caduceus | staff with two entwined serpents - one of the symbols of the god Hermes; the Greek word for this herald's staff is kerykeion

centauromachy | a mythological battle between the Lapiths and Centaurs

chimera | a mythical or imaginary creature; plural is chimerae

chthonian | this word - which is derived from the Greek chthon - refers to the Earth or Underworld

cornucopia | horn of plenty

Crete | this island was the ancient home of the Minoans (who were named after the legendary King Minos) - see the map of Greece

Cythera | according to myth, the goddess Aphrodite was born near this island - see the map of Greece

More Greek Terms (Delphi - Mycenae)

Who's Who in Classical Mythology

Who's Who in Classical Mythology

This book is a great source for information about Greek and Roman mythology! Organized alphabetically, this who's who features information about over 1200 of the most intriguing characters from Classical myth and legend.

Bulfinch's Mythology

Bulfinch's Mythology

The stories of Classical myth come to life in Bulfinch's book. This edition also features legends from other cultures.

Mythography Forums

Mythography Forums

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Bulfinch's Mythology


The Oxford Classical Dictionary

The Oxford Classical Dictionary offers one of the most comprehensive studies of ancient Greece and Rome. It features informative entries about many aspects of the Classical world, including such areas as art, history, literature, mythology, religion, philosophy, and science.