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Title:
Gods and goddesses
Author:
Malam, John, 1957-
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Publication Information:
New York : P. Bedrick Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 28 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the important gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and retells some of the myths about them, including Zeus, Hera, Athena, and Hades.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780872265981
Format :
Book

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•Who were the gods and goddesses and where did they come from?•How did the ancient Greeks worship their gods and goddesses?•Why are the stories of the gods and goddesses still popular?The ancient Greeks took religion seriously. Government decisions were often made only after consulting with the gods. The ancient Greeks believed that Zeus, the king of the gods, and al the other gods lived high on Mount Olympus. Their stories became interwoven with ancient Greeks' lives and offer a fascinating insight into an amazing civilization.


Author Notes

The author, John Malam, has a degree in ancient history and archeology. He worked as an archeologist before becoming a full-time writer and editor of children's books. He's written many books on the ancient world including Ancient Greeks at a Glance for Macdonald Young books.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Two attractive, informative additions. Both are well organized, easy to read, with copious use of full-color maps, charts, and photographs of period artwork and ruins. Although the texts have some choppy, short sentences, the information provided will be useful for reports and will appeal to history buffs. Malam includes chapters about the major deities of the Greek pantheon, creation, early written sources about the gods, temples, ceremonies, festivals, etc. This is more a discussion about religion and the gods than a collection of myths. Ross discusses the history, ceremonies, customs, and events of the ancient games. A layout of the athletic and ceremonial structures of Olympia is included, and a chapter about the rediscovery of the ancient site in the 18th century followed by the creation of the new Olympics in the 19th century. Richard Tames's The Ancient Olympics (Heinemann Library, 1995) offers much of the same information but is not as visually appealing or as colorful.- Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Beginning of Everythingp. 4
Chapter 2 The Gods of Olympusp. 12
Chapter 3 Temples and Gifts for the Godsp. 18
Chapter 4 How Jealousy Made Mischiefp. 23
Chapter 5 Festivalsp. 28
Chapter 6 Cults, Oracles and Magicp. 32
Chapter 7 The Girl Who Lived in Both Worldsp. 38
Chapter 8 The Afterlifep. 42
Chapter 9 The Legacyp. 44
Glossaryp. 46
Who's Who?p. 46
Further Informationp. 47
Indexp. 48