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By Neil Philip

Taking an unique photographic method of glance intimately at sure issues, those 4 interesting books offer deeper knowing and richer delight in the worlds of structure, artwork, well-known artists, and myths and legends.
Looks into myths and legends of cultures from historic Greece to Aboriginal Australia
Clear, informative textual content is helping readers comprehend and take pleasure in the area of mythology
Features gloriously reproduced artistic endeavors and artifacts
One of the world's best specialists on mythology and folklore, Neil Philip, Ph.D. has written greater than 30 books, together with DK's The Illustrated booklet of Myths

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The myths of Persephone are complex because in their inner meanings they go to the heart of ancient Greek religion. In one version of her story, Zeus himself falls in love with her, and seduces her by taking the form of a snake and enveloping her in his coils—the resulting child is Dionysus (Bacchus). In the more common version, she is abducted by Hades—but a Hades who reveals many features of Dionysus in his archaic role as lord of the underworld (see p. 59). Hades Pure maiden Persephone, first known as Core, “the maiden,” was pure and beautiful.

Leucippus followed her disguised as a maiden, but the jealous Apollo advised the nymphs to bathe naked. When Leucippus removed his clothes, his deception was discovered and the nymphs tore him to pieces. C ” heiron was the greatest of the centaurs, who were half-man, half-horse. He was the son of Cronos (Roman Saturn, see p. 23) and the nymph Philyra, to whom Cronos had appeared as a horse. The other centaurs were descended from Centaurus, a grandson of Ares (Mars), who mated with the mares on Mount Pelion.

Pan, thwarted of his desires, cut the reeds into several unequal lengths, fastened them together with wax, and made the first syrinx, or pan pipes. Chaste nymph Syrinx was a nymph of the virgin goddess Artemis (Diana, see pp. 36–37), who demanded chastity from her attendants. Pursued by Pan, she was run to ground on the banks of the River Ladon, where, unable to escape and terrified of Artemis’ fury, she called upon the river goddess to help her. the evening, he shouts as “heInreturns from the hunt, And plays sweet music on his pipes of reed.

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