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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Symbols of the Gods and Goddesses
In ancient Greek art (and myth), the Olympian gods and goddesses were often portrayed with a specific set of symbols and attributes. Due to the fact that Greek artists tended to idealize their depictions of gods, it is often difficult to distinguish one figure from another based purely upon his or her physical representation (in other words, the goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, Hera, and Demeter all tend to have the same faces and bodies, which are uniformly beautiful). This is where knowing the symbols of a particular deity becomes especially useful, as it allows one to identify a god or goddess in art. Here are some of the symbols of the Olympians:

Aphrodite | sceptre, myrtle, dove

Apollo | bow, lyre, laurel

Ares | spear

Artemis | bow, deer

Athena | aegis, owl, olive tree

Demeter | sceptre, torch, corn

Dionysos | grape vine, ivy, thyrsos

Hephaistos | axe

Hera | sceptre, diadem, peacock

Hermes | caduceus, winged boots

Poseidon | trident, horse, bull

Zeus | thunderbolt, eagle, oak

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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And there are excellent entries on the Olympian gods and goddesses.