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
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River Gods in Myth
Rivers and river gods were important features in Greek mythology. Collectively, they were thought to be the children of the Titans Okeanos and Tethys. The ancient Greek poet Hesiod lists the names of the some of the rivers in his Theogony:

"Tethys bore to Okeanos the whirling rivers,
Neilos and Alpheios and deep-eddying Eridanos,
Strymon and Maiandros and fair-flowing Istros,
Phasis and Rhesos and Acheloios of the silver swirls,
Nessos, Rhodios, Heptaporos, and Haliakmon,
Grenikos, Aisepos, and divine Simoeis,
Peneios, Hermos, and fair-flowing Kaikos,
great Sangarios, Ladon, and Parthenios,
Euenos, Ardeskos, and divine Skamandros."

A few lines later in the Theogony, after the names of the Oceanids (who were also the daughters of Okeanos and Tethys and therefore the sisters of the river gods) appear, Hesiod continues with this information about the rivers:

"And there are as many tumbling and rushing rivers,
all sons of Okeanos and queenly Tethys.
It is hard for a mortal to recite the names of all,
but those who live by them know each of their names."

Rivers were often personified, and in this capacity river gods often contributed to myth and legend. It was believed, for example, that river gods often selected mortal women to be their mistresses. In this way, river gods fathered many mythical children - indeed, the river Inachus was thought to be the father of the lovely Greek heroine and princess Io.




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.

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