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Here is a beautifully illustrated textbook for Greek mythology

Many courses during my years at school have covered the subject of Greek mythology. Since then, I have devoured books, watched docuseries, and read novels that make familiar characters spin on their heads. I never tire of learning about the gods and goddesses and (usually) unhappy souls who cross their path. And a new book by writer Liv Albert and illustrator Sara Richard puts these characters on the page in a fresh and engaging way. Greek Mythology: Handbook of Gods, Goddesses and Heroes is a who’s who telling the authentic stories of a variety of characters. Stunning artwork by Richard accompanies each entry, and Albert, who you may know from her Let’s talk about the myths, baby! Podcast goes in depth with the text.

Cover of the book Greek Mythology: Gods, Goddesses and Heroes

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

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

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

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

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It’s a simple primer that doesn’t conceal that some of the gods and goddesses are real tools. Because hey, it’s the truth. The text is informative, precise and educational. Besides the actual biographies of the characters, 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.

Excerpt from Greek Mythology: The Handbook of 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.

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