Classical Myth: The Ancient Sources

When I began to write my history I was inclined to count these legends as foolishness, but on getting as far as Arcadia I grew to hold a more thoughtful view of them, which is this. In the days of old those Greeks who were considered wise spoke their sayings not straight out but in riddles, and so the legends about Cronus I conjectured to be one sort of Greek wisdom. In matters of divinity, therefore, I shall adopt the received tradition.

Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.8.3


Classical Myth: The Ancient Sources


*  The Olympian Gods: Images and Texts

Helpful Information

*  How to use this site

*  Attributes in iconography

*  Time line of Greek history and literature

*  Other useful sites

*  Some bibliography

About the Project

This site is designed to draw together the ancient texts and images available on the Web concerning the major figures of Greek and Roman mythology. We were most interested in bringing together the ancient sources and illustrations, but have included some Renaissance images that were just too good to leave out. The site is primarily intended for the use of Greek and Roman Mythology students at the University of Victoria, but feel free to look around!


*  Author credits

*  Sources cited

*  Copyright information

Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria

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Title image: Apollo and a Muse, Attic kylix, ca 460 BC, from the MythMedia project.

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Last updated: March 2, 2007.

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