The first anthology ever to offer the whole variety of historic Greek and Roman stories—from myths and fairy stories to jokes
Captured centaurs and satyrs, speaking animals, those that unexpectedly swap intercourse, males who provide delivery, the briefly insane and the completely thick-witted, gentle sensualists, incompetent seers, a lady who recalls an excessive amount of, a guy who can't laugh—these are only many of the colourful characters who characteristic within the unforgettable tales that historical Greeks and Romans informed of their day-by-day lives. jointly they created a really wealthy physique of renowned oral tales that come with, yet diversity way past, mythology—from heroic legends, fairy stories, and fables to ghost tales, city legends, and jokes. This specified anthology provides the biggest choice of those stories ever assembled. that includes approximately 400 tales in authoritative and hugely readable translations, this can be the 1st ebook to provide a consultant choice of the total diversity of conventional classical storytelling.
Set commonly on the earth of people, no longer gods, those tales concentrate on figures similar to fanatics, tricksters, philosophers, retailers, rulers, athletes, artists, and infantrymen. The narratives variety from the well-known—for instance, Cupid and Psyche, Diogenes and his lantern, and the tortoise and the hare—to lesser-known stories that deserve wider awareness. enjoyable and engaging, they give a special window into the fantasies, anxieties, humor, and passions of the folks who informed them.
Complete with attractive illustrations via Glynnis Fawkes, a complete advent, notes, and extra, this different anthology will pride normal readers in addition to scholars of classics, fairy stories, and folklore.