Mythologica by Dr. Steve Kershaw and Victoria Topping

An encyclopedia of gods, monsters and mortals from Ancient Greece

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The Blurb

An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping colour from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from Classics scholar and Greek mythology expert Dr Stephen Kershaw.

Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece. From the fearless Athena and her meddlesome ways to the brave and bold Odysseus and his remarkable journey home, discover why these incredible stories are still a part of our culture today.

The Review

Wow! Mythologica is a visual feast for anyone intrigued by Ancient Greek myths, gods and heroes. Every figure from the myths that is featured gets their own spectacular double page spread, bursting with facts, attributes and a summary of their story. The retold myths themselves are simply, yet powerfully told, with key characters and events highlighted within the text.

What really makes Mythologica stand out though are the transfixing illustrations. Digitally altered photographs are then layered to spectacular effect, with some reminiscent of Picasso, while others wouldn’t look out of place on Motown album covers. Simply stunning!

Whether you are browsing for pleasure or using Mythologica for inspiration, whether as a stimulus for writing or art in the classroom, it deserves a place in every school library.

About The Authors

Victoria Topping lives in Bath and has worked as an artist and illustrator since graduating with a BA in Illustration in 2008. She uses multiple textures and images to create her work and uses a fusion of technology and traditional techniques – often using photography, painting, gold-leafing and cut up collage which is then digitally scanned and arranged on the computer. Her work is heavily influenced by music and Victoria aims to give each piece of artwork its own unique soul, through harnessing a blend of spirituality, culture, the cosmos and mother earth.

Stephen Kershaw wrote his PhD under Richard Buxton, arguably the leading scholar on Greek myth in the world. He has taught Classics in numerous establishments, including Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and Warwick University. He runs the European Studies Classical Tour for Rhodes College and the University of the South.

Huge thanks to Fritha and Wide Eyed Books for sending me a copy for review.

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