Here is a beautifully illustrated textbook of Greek mythology


Many courses during my school years covered the subject of Greek mythology. Since then, I’ve devoured books, watched documentaries, and read novels that turn familiar characters on their heads. I never tire of learning about gods and goddesses and the (usually) unhappy souls who cross their path. And a new book from writer Liv Albert and illustrator Sara Richard features these characters on the page in a fresh and engaging way. Greek Mythology: Handbook of Gods, Goddesses and Heroes is one that tells the authentic stories of a variety of characters. Absolutely gorgeous art from Richard accompanies each entry, and Albert, who you may know from her. Let’s talk about the myths, baby! Podcast go to the bottom of the text.

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The cover above indicates the style of the portraits throughout the book. Additionally, you can see Hades and Persephone below. Magnificent, isn’t it? Do yourself a favor and go on and follow Sara Richard on Instagram now.

And then come back to the book. This guide makes Greek mythology digestible, explaining the basics about the characters in an entertaining way, as well as the stories of how we know them best. Albert describes the links between the different figures, covering more than 50 characters.

Illustration of Hades and Persephone in Greek Mythology: Manual of Gods, Goddesses and Heroes

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It’s a simple introduction that doesn’t make you forget that some of the gods and goddesses are real tools. Because it’s the truth. The text is informative, precise and educational. Besides the actual character biographies, Albert also illustrates how many elements of Greek mythology permeate pop culture.

Greek Mythology: Handbook of Gods, Goddesses and Heroes is available now wherever you buy books.

From the Handbook of Greek Mythology: Gods, Goddesses and Heroes by Liv Albert. Illustrations by Sara Richard. Copyright © 2021 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

Amy Ratcliffe is the editor-in-chief of Nerdist and the author of A Kid’s Guide to Fandom, available for pre-order now. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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