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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Sagittarius in Myth
Looking into the night sky, you may have noticed Sagittarius, the celestial archer. Perhaps you wondered how he found his way into the heavenly realm as you gazed up at the myriad constellations. And indeed, there is a legend that describes this elegant group of lights, and it involves the centaur Chiron.

According to myth, Chiron was the son of the Titan Kronos and the nymph Philyra. Kronos, fearing that his illicit affair with Philyra would be discovered by his wife Rhea, disguised himself as a horse. As a result, Chiron was born with the form of a centaur (he was half man, half horse). However, unlike most other centaurs, Chiron was both immortal (having a god for a father) and good-natured. Indeed, his wisdom and learning was legendary, as thus he became the teacher of several Greek heroes, including Achilles, Jason, and Asklepios. Additionally, Chiron and the god Apollo were friends, and it was Apollo who shared with Chiron his knowledge of archery.

One day, while visiting with Herakles, Chiron was accidentally nicked by one of the hero's deadly arrows. The centaur was immediately overcome with excruciating pain. Although he was immortal, be begged Zeus for an end to his suffering, and the ruler of the gods granted his request - for Zeus placed Chiron in the sky, where he became the constellation Centaurus. In this way, Chiron lives forever in the night sky.

Sagittarius the Archer was called Toxotes in Greek.




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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