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Greek mythol­ogy is of­ten one of the first things peo­ple think of when they think about Greece.

Greek mythol­ogy has a long his­tory, forms a com­plete uni­verse and has unique lit­er­ary charm. The cre­ation of heaven, earth and the gods, and the ge­neal­ogy and ac­tiv­i­ties of the gods are com­mon top­ics that are cov­ered. Perseus, Her­cules, Ja­son, Or­pheus, Th­e­seus and Achilles are some key fig­ures. Greek myths are an in­te­gral part of the world's lit­er­ary her­itage.

Nu­mer­ous sub­se­quent works have been made that are based on Greek myths, in forms such as fic­tion, screen­plays, paint­ings, movies and so on. Greek myths have been very in­flu­en­tial.

A His­tory of Greece to 322 BC Devel­op­ment of a Civil­i­sa­tion

As its ti­tle in­di­cates, this book in­tro­duces the his­tory of Greece from an­cient times until 356 BC when Alexan­der the Great (July 20, 356 Bc—june 10, 323 BC) died. It analy­ses the ori­gin and cause of dis­ap­pear­ance of the Mi­noan civil­i­sa­tion and the Myce­naean civil­i­sa­tion as well as the for­ma­tion and char­ac­ter­is­tics of Greek city-states. Sev­eral ma­jor wars are cov­ered as well, such as the Per­sian Wars, the Pelo­pon­nesian War and Alexan­der's ex­pe­di­tions. It also ex­pounds on their causes and in­flu­ences and de­tails the devel­op­ment of an­cient Greek civil­i­sa­tion.

N. G. L. Ham­mond (1907-2001) is the au­thor of the book. He was a renowned Bri­tish scholar of an­cient Greece and was a pro­fes­sor at sev­eral well-known Bri­tish uni­ver­si­ties. He was also ed­i­torin-chief of the Cam­bridge An­cient His­tory multi-vol­ume set and the new edi­tion of the Ox­ford Clas­si­cal Dic­tionary, which are two of the most im­por­tant clas­si­cal his­tory books in the UK. A His­tory of Greece to 322 BC is un­doubt­edly one of his most im­por­tant aca­demic mono­graphs. Trans­la­tor Zhu Longhua was a pro­fes­sor of his­tory at Pek­ing Univer­sity. He has long been de­voted to the study of an­cient world his­tory and cul­ture, and the cul­ture of the Re­nais­sance. He is the au­thor of His­tory of the World (An­cient Times), Clas­si­cal Civ­i­liza­tions of the World, Ro­man Cul­ture and Clas­si­cal Tra­di­tions and other in­ter­est­ing books.

The his­tory of Greece is un­veiled in a witty and hu­mor­ous way in both the orig­i­nal work and the Chi­nese trans­la­tion.

Greek Myths Per­ma­nent Gods and He­roes

Ro­man­tic Zeus, jeal­ous Hera, Prometheus bring­ing fire to mankind, Pan­dora's box, the Tro­jan War, the ad­ven­ture of the Odyssey... These fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters and sto­ries come from Greek and Ro­man mythol­ogy.

Greek Myths is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries about the gods and he­roes of an­cient Greece. Real life is in­ter­twined with fan­tasy to cre­ate a mag­nif­i­cent, all-em­brac­ing world. The book vividly de­picts the lives and leg­ends of an­cient Greeks. Pop­u­lar sto­ries such as Ja­son steal­ing the golden fleece, the 12 labours of Her­cules and the Tro­jan War are in­cluded. Greek myths still have a pres­ence in the world as a re­sult of their beau­ti­ful im­ages and rich po­etry. They have been passed down and are an on­go­ing part of lit­er­a­ture and the arts.

Greek Myths was pub­lished by the Shang­hai Trans­la­tion Pub­lish­ing House and is a trans­la­tion of Greek Myths and Leg­ends by Niko­lay Al­ber­tovich Kun, the renowned Rus­sian writer and pro­fes­sor. The book fea­tures con­cise con­tent and is worded care­fully. It re­moves bar­ri­ers for read­ers who may be un­fa­mil­iar with west­ern lit­er­a­ture and makes it more ac­ces­si­ble. The ori­gins of the Olympic Games, an

ex­pla­na­tion of how the Ti­tanic movie got its name and other top­ics are cov­ered. The book is suit­able for read­ers of all ages.

The sig­nif­i­cance of Greek mythol­ogy is al­most im­pos­si­ble to over­state. It has served as the foun­da­tion of Greek and Ro­man arts since the 8th cen­tury BC and was an in­ex­haustible source and in­spi­ra­tion for Euro­pean lit­er­a­ture and other artis­tic cre­ations dur­ing the Re­nais­sance. Count­less mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary lit­er­ary works touch upon Greek mythol­ogy. A great many mas­ter­pieces in the West con­tain al­lu­sions to Greek mythol­ogy.

The Greek Cof­fin Mys­tery A Log­i­cal World with Hid­den Mys­tery

An art dealer left a huge in­her­i­tance af­ter his death. Peo­ple won­dered who the re­cip­i­ents would be. It was only spec­i­fied in the will of the de­ceased. How­ever, the will sud­denly goes miss­ing. Ellery Queen points out that the will could only be hid­den in a Greek cof­fin. But this is only a par­tial truth. The cof­fin con­tains more than the re­mains and the will of the dealer...

Ellery Queen is an ex­tra­or­di­nary name in the his­tory of the who­dunit. It is both a char­ac­ter and a crime fic­tion pseu­do­nym cre­ated by cousins Fred­eric Dan­nay (1905—1982) and Man­fred Lee (1905— 1971). They cre­ated dozens of works over nearly half a cen­tury and have sold about 200 mil­lion copies world­wide. The cousins have won five Edgar Allen Poe Awards and funded an “Ady­tum Ex­plo­ration Team” that has main­tained reg­u­lar ex­changes and dis­cus­sions with John Dick­son Carr, Clay­ton Law­son and other mas­ters of rea­son­ing. They ac­com­plished a lot and added a fin­ish­ing touch to the golden age of mys­tery nov­els.

The Greek Cof­fin Mys­tery is an Ellery Queen master­piece. A straight­for­ward ap­proach is used through­out the book that fixes the reader's eyes firmly on sev­eral key log­i­cal points such as the where­abouts of the will, the colour of a tie, the use of a cup, the ex­is­tence of a bul­let hole and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a type­writer. The au­thor did not con­ceal any­thing from the read­ers. If a reader is good at logic, solv­ing The Greek Cof­fin Mys­tery will be sim­ple. Un­for­tu­nately, few peo­ple are on par with Ellery Queen. The Greek Cof­fin Mys­tery has a well- de­served sta­tus as a model of clas­sic de­tec­tive fic­tion as a re­sult of the in­ge­nu­ity of its mys­tery, strict logic, ra­tio­nal lay­out and smooth writ­ing style. Lit­er­ary master Jorge Luis Borges, King of Hor­ror Stephen King, master of mys­tery nov­els and sci­ence fic­tion An­thony Boucher and many other au­thors greatly ad­mired the Queen se­ries. The Ellery Queen Col­lec­tion pub­lished by the New Star Press un­der the Mid­night Li­brary pro­gramme of­fers read­ers an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about these mas­ters.

Mys­tery of Famous Paint­ings: Greek Mythol­ogy Be­come a Paint­ing De­tec­tive

Is read­ing a paint­ing eas­ier than read­ing a text? Paint­ings of­ten con­tain a con­sid­er­able amount of in­for­ma­tion. What will one see when look­ing at a paint­ing? A paint­ing is like a crime scene with clues and mys­ter­ies for view­ers to dis­cover.

Most clas­si­cal west­ern art is in­spired by three main sources: Greek mythol­ogy, Bi­b­li­cal sto­ries and his­tor­i­cal sto­ries. If one un­der­stands them, in­ter­pre­ta­tion is eas­ier. One can be­come a paint­ing de­tec­tive and un­ravel var­i­ous mys­ter­ies. Of course, there is only one truth in a crime case, but works of art have many pos­si­ble in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

Nakano Kyoko is a best­selling art writer from Ja­pan. In this book, she presents truths de­picted in var­i­ous artis­tic works and re­stores a soul-stir­ring, chaotic and ab­surd world of gods in the form of Tsukkomi. She se­lects 24 of the most rep­re­sen­ta­tive artis­tic works that are based on Greek and Ro­man mythol­ogy, such as Danae, Mars and Venus Sur­prised by Vul­can, Land­scape with the Fall of Icarus and Re­turn of Perse­phone. The book fea­tures sto­ries about Zeus, Venus, Apollo and other gods. It re­flects the au­thor's ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of his­tory and the arts and su­perb in­sights into hu­man psy­chol­ogy.

Gods are not de­picted as mys­te­ri­ous and no­ble in Nakano's writ­ing. They are of­ten caught in in­ex­pli­ca­ble plots. The au­thor se­lects two or three works by dif­fer­ent artists on the same sub­ject and in­ter­prets sto­ries hid­den in paint­ings. For ex­am­ple, the au­thor in­cludes two paint­ings cre­ated by Rubens and Ti­tian de­pict­ing Venus and Ado­nis. Though they both fea­ture these char­ac­ters, the main idea that is ex­pressed is very dif­fer­ent. In the first paint­ing, Ado­nis is at­tached to Venus, and Eros is help­ing her to re­tain Ado­nis. In the sec­ond paint­ing, Ado­nis res­o­lutely de­cides to leave, and Eros, who sym­bol­ises love, sleeps soundly. The paint­ings re­flect two dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the Greek myth. In one, Ado­nis was moved by Venus's love. In the other, he was tired of Venus's en­tan­gle­ment, and there is even some con­sid­er­a­tion of re­venge for his mother.

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