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Title:
Odyssey of the gods : the alien history of ancient Greece
Author:
Däniken, Erich von, 1935-
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Publication Information:
Shaftesbury : Element, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 166 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781862047495
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Legendary UFO expert von Dä niken's research into both ancient mythology and current archeology leads him to suggest that stories about centaurs and Cyclopses, the lost continent of Atlantis, and wars among the deities may be artists'impressions of never-before-seen phenomena. Dozens of color photos depicting ancient sculptures and temple decorations document hitherto unexplained objects.


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Booklist Review

An author's immersion in a subject can produce a dry book, but von Daniken's occasional humor saves the day in this case. His considerable knowledge of the myths of societies that preceded classical Greece enables him to demonstrate parallels and crosscurrents that increase the reader's appreciation. Gods, monsters, and heroes populate the lore of earliest Asia and Europe, just as they do the myths of subsequent places and times. Von Daniken brings in early the extraterrestrials he famously believes in, but they never really fit or add much to the explanation of what follows. Throughout much of this engaging travelogue-cum-time machine, von Daniken rides with the Argonauts, seeking the Golden Fleece but not realizing the time bomb they had found in the creative, persistent Medea. He demonstrates why the Argosy and some other myths weren't original with the Greeks but must have earlier roots. Atlantis swims through the broad account, too, for von Daniken is up on current archaeological thinking and fieldwork as well as history and mythology. Enjoyable and informative. --William Beatty


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