For thousands of years the myths of Ancient Greece, so influential in the Classical world of Greece and Rome, have fascinated people and inspired great writers, artists and thinkers. Classical Mythology includes many of these myths -- some famous and some unusual -- retold for the modern reader, and is illustrated with many of the beautiful paintings and statues based on these tales. The introductory material also provides essential information on the origin and development of Greek mythology. This volume also includes a comprehensive and easy-to-use dictionary of Greek and Roman mythology, with over 1000 fully cross-referenced entries on the many tales, characters and traditions. Book jacket.