An exploration of timeless legends. First told centuries ago, the ancient myths of the Greeks and Romans continue to fascinate and influence the world today. The expanded edition of this popular guide examines why these legends remain an integral part of human history, citing their literary value, and their presence throughout popular culture in such works as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, and the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Features a 50-page "who's who" glossary of classical mythological characters—from both the Greek and Roman versions. An updated look at recent movies and television series' based on mythology, including Helen of Troy, HBO's animated Odyssey, and the Disney Channel's Hercules.