The minotaur

Russell Roberts, 1953-

Book - 2011

Describes the myth of the minotaur, including the history of the myth in ancient Greek culture and how the legend has developed in modern culture.

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Series
Monsters in myth
Subjects
Published
Hockessin, Del. : Mitchell Lane Publishers c2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
48 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781584159292
1584159294
Main Author
Russell Roberts, 1953- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The story of the Minotaur is really the story of Theseus, and after an explanation of the beast's origins (a tastefully described scene wherein Poseidon's magnificent white bull "spent time" with Minos' wife, Pasiphae), the bulk of the book follows the great hero's journey from Athens to the Labyrinth of Crete. Roberts maintains a coherent narrative even as he pauses to consider the variations and contradictions that typify Greek mythology, all well sourced in chapter notes. It's a fairly text-heavy treatment, so this entry in the Monsters of Myth series might be best for readers with an established interest in mythology. They can get an in-depth look at one of the more iconic tales and gain a foothold in related myths starring Daedelus, Ariadne, Heracles, et al. The book finishes with a thoughtful discussion of the historical and cultural roots and legacy of the Minotaur myth, noting that one shouldn't put too much stock into the veracity of the legend but rather use it as a "starting point for understanding Minoan civilization," which is itself a fittingly labyrinthine task. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–8—Tapping into the voracious interest many kids have for monsters in general, this series introduces the varied and fascinating origins of some of the most popular monsters in mythology. Each title begins with a dramatic retelling of a hero's encounter with the creature, and the cliffhanger ending works as a compelling segue into its background. Before returning to the story, each author goes on to provide information on how the monster came to be, variations of it in different cultures, and its appearance in art and modern culture. Each volume is full of colorful, clear illustrations of the beast as interpreted by painters and sculptors. The fluid writing style and the thoroughness with which each monster is covered makes for fun and educational reading. First rate. [Page 56]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Describes the myth of the minotaur, including the history of the myth in ancient Greek culture and how the legend has developed in modern culture.