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Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans
A Sourcebook
Theony Condos, Ph.D.
ISBN: 9781890482930
Book (Paperback)
Phanes Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
288 pages
January 1, 1997


The nightly appearance of the stars, their arrangement in the sky, their regular risings and settings through the course of the year, have been a source of endless wonder and speculation. But where did the constellations come from and what are the myths associated with them?

Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans is the most comprehensive work ever published on the forty-eight classical constellations. Included in this handbook are the only surviving works on the constellation myths that have come down to us from antiquity: an epitome of The Constellations of Eratosthenes --never before translated into English -- and The Poetic Astronomy of Hyginus. Also provided are accurate and detailed commentaries on each constellation myth, and complete references for those who wish to dig deeper.

This book is a comprehensive sourcework for anyone interested in astronomy or mythology -- and an ideal resource for the occasional stargazer.

Theony Condos, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in classics from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation included the translation of the Greek text which appears in this volume.

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