A better half to Greek Mythology provides a sequence of essays that discover the phenomenon of Greek fantasy from its origins in shared Indo-European tale styles and the Greeks' contacts with their jap Mediterranean neighbours via its improvement as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world.
• positive aspects essays from a prestigious foreign staff of literary experts
• comprises insurance of Greek myth's intersection with heritage, philosophy and religion
• Introduces readers to subject matters in mythology which are frequently inaccessible to non-specialists
• Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman classes in addition to Archaic and Classical Greece
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See also: athena; patroclus Aegir (the sea) In Norse mythology, a host of the gods, the sea god, brother of Kari, the air, and Loki, the fire-trickster god; married to Ran, his sister, father of nine daughters, the waves, or wave maidens. Like his brothers Kari and Loki, Aegir belonged to a primeval order of gods, older than the Aesir, the Vanir giants, dwarfs, or elves. Aegir was portrayed as a gaunt old man with long white hair and beard and ever-clutching, clawlike fingers. Whenever he appeared above the waters, it was to destroy ships and take the men and cargo to his underground kingdom.
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