A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology

A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology


Edited by Harold Newman, Edited by Jon O. Newman, Foreword by Timothy Gantz

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Hardback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 270mm x 416mm x 22mm | 1,760g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807827908
  • ISBN 13: 9780807827901
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: index, charts

Product description

This work is a comprehensive genealogical chart of virtually all of the named figures of Greek mythology that can be shown to be related. The product of more than 35 years of research, the text includes a 72-page continuous chart that links 3673 named figures into a single "family tree" spanning 20 generations and an 80-page index that provides a citation to an authoritative ancient source for each relationship. The genealogy begins with Chaos and - based on works by Hesiod, Homer, Aeschylus, Pindar, Bacchylides, Herodotus, Euripides, Apollodorus, Pausanias, Diodorus Siculus, and scores of other ancient poets, playwrights and writers - continues down through the Titans, the gods, legendary kings, and such well-known figures of literature as Odysseus, Jason, Antigone, and Helen of Troy, as well as hundreds of obscure figures, including their spouses, paramours, children and descendants. The chart shows all of the known relationships - parental, marital, and extramarital - of each figure. In addition to furnishing a citation for each relationship, the index provides brief descriptive information and indicates the quadrant and page of the continuous chart where the relationship is depicted. A two-page master chart illustrates the relationships among the principal figures.

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Author information

The late Harold Newman was a lawyer and author of four dictionaries in the field of decorative arts. Jon O. Newman is a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. He lives in Connecticut.

Review quote

"A major contribution to our understanding of how ancient Greeks organized the vast corpus of figures constituting what we call Greek mythology." - Timothy Gantz, from the Foreword