Weird But True Know-It-All: Greek Mythology

Weird But True Know-It-All: Greek Mythology

by Sarah Wassner Flynn


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Classic stories from Greek mythology come to life in this latest single-subject themed book in the Weird But True spin-off series, Know-It-All.

Zeus, Hades, Aphrodite, Hera, Poseidon, Hercules, Achilles, Ares, Apollo, Athena, Artemis, Dionysus, Prometheus! Fans of Rick Riordan will find this is the perfect companion book to dive a little deeper into the incredible stories from Greek mythology. Weird-but-true facts accompanied by lush original full-color art cover everything kids need to know about all their favorite Greek gods, heroes, monsters, quests, muses, and famous philosophers. From who gave mankind fire to famous fatal flaws to who stood guard at the Underworld, this book includes all the iconic Greek myths and key characters—and then goes one wonderfully weird step beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426331893
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Weird but True Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 138,675
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

SARAH WASSNER FLYNN is a long-time writer for National Geographic Kids. She loves writing, running, and triathlons. When she's not writing about races, she's usually training or competing in one. She also writes nonfiction books and articles for kids and teens, like The National Geographic Kids National Park Guide U.S.A., This Book Stinks, and The Girl's Life Guide to the Most Amazing You.

DIANE HARRIS CLINE is an ancient Greek historian with a joint appointment in history and classical studies. She is the author of National Geographic's The Greeks: An Illustrated History (2016) and she teaches ancient Greek history as well as digital history and digital humanities at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. in Classics from Stanford and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Gaea & Uranus // Mother Earth & Father Heaven 14

The Titans // Gaea & Uranus's Offspring 18

Rhea & Cronus // Mother & Father of The Gods 20

Titanomachy // The war of the Titans 22

Zeus // God of The Sky & Heavens 24

Olympus // The Palace of The Gods 26

Hera // Goddess of Women & Marriage 29

Hestia // Goddess of the Hearth & Home 32

Poseidon // God of The Seas 34

Hades // God of The Underworld 36

Demeter // Goddess of the Harvest 38

The Underworld // The kingdom of the Dead 40

Hermes //God of Trade, Travellers & Thieves 44

Athena // Goddess of War, Wisdom & The Arts 46

Artemis // Goddess of The Hunt 48

Apollo // God of The Arts, Music, Healing & Light 50

Hephaestus // God of Fire & Craftsmen 52

Aphrodite // Goddess of Love & Beauty 54

Eros // God of Love 57

Ares // God of War 59

Dionysus // God of Merrymaking 62

Pan // God of Nature & Rustic Music 64

Titans 2.0 // The Second Generation of Giants 66

Prometheus // Titan of Culture & Intelligence 68

5 Ages of Man // The History of Humankind 70

Pandora // First Mortal Woman on Earth 72

The Fates // Goddesses of Destiny 74

The Furies // Goddesses of Revenge 76

Minor Gods // The Supporting Players 78

7 Gods of Personification // Symbols of Emotions & Actions 80

Chiron // The King of The Centaurs 82

Heracles // A Mortal Hero Turned God 84

Perseus // The Slayer of Monsters 90

Bellerophon // Poseidon's son 94

Theseus // The Hero of Athens 96

Jason // The Wanderer of The Sea 100

Odysseus // The Traveling King 104

Legendary Lands // Where the Myths Take Place 108

Troy // The Site of The Trojan War 110

Thebes // Home to Oedipus Rex 116

Athens // The Capital City 120

Delphi // The Center of The Universe 124

Constellations // Written in the Stars 128

Nymphs // Nature's Creatures 132

Morph-ology // Mythic Shape-Shifters 136

Muses // Creative Inspirations 140

The Hall of Horrors // Mythical Monsters 144

Gigantomachy // Revenge of the Titans 148

Centauromachy // An Epic Battle 150

The Amazons // The Fiercest Females 152

Theban Cycle // A Collection of Ancient Poems 154

Game On! // The Ancient Olympics 156

Romans // Roman Mythology 158

Unsung Heroes // Other Helpers worth Mentioning 160

She-Roes // Women Who Rocked 162

Stump Your Parents 164

Hero Matchup 166

10 Wacky Facts About Greek Mythology 168

Which Greek God(dess) are You? 170

Spirit Animals 172

Glossary 176

Index 182

Photo Credits 190

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