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The River Gods of Greece: Myths and Mountain Waters in the Hellenic World

The River Gods of Greece: Myths and Mountain Waters in the Hellenic World

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By (author) Harry Brewster, Preface by Peter Levi

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 246mm x 22mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860642071
  • ISBN 13: 9781860642074
  • Illustrations note: b&w illustrations, map, index

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This text explores the rivers of Greece which were gods and gods who were rivers, as individual deities in myth and art. Accounts of them are given by historians, mythographers and travellers, as well as by writers from Homer to Ovid.

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Part 1 Northwestern Greece: the Acheloos - Greece's great river, rich in myths; the Acheron - river of the underworld; the Kokytos - the other river of the underworld; the Evenos - where Nessos was killed; other rivers of Northwestern Greece. Part 2 Eastern Greece: the Peneios and its tributaries - Daphnes' father; the Haliakmon, the Axios, the Strymon and the Nestos; the Spercheios loved by Achilles and its tributaries; the Kephisos of Phokis and Boeotia - the bellowing bull; the Boeotian Asopos - a god of distinguished progeny; the Kephisos and Ilissos of Attica. Part 3 The Peloponnese: the Inachos - punished by Poseidon; the Erasinos - a vanished river god; the Hyllikos and the golden stream that never dies; the Selemnos and other lesser streams of the Northern Peloponnese; the Asopos of Phleius - sent home with thunderbolts; the Styx - the terrible goddess; the Aroanios and its springs - where the trout sang; the Ladon - rich in offspring and in stories; the Erymanthos - haunt of centaurs; the Alpheios - a river god renowned for his lust; the Eurotas - ancestor of Helen; the Pamisos - a river god of some importance; the Neda and the Lymax - where Zeus was born?; Mythological rivers and other streams of interest.