It's a nice little compendium of all the numerous Greek myths which you would have heard of, but didn't know how they were interconnected. I love the artwork inside and the grey boxes with the Roman parallels and possible Indian parallels. It would be foolish to imagine absolutely no connection between the mythology of two cultures which prospered at the same time. It's the perfect follow up to all the numerous mythology books the author has written in his trademark aesthetic and a must add to your Devdutt Pattanaik collection if you have on --By A Customer on 25 October 2016
• Zeus, leader of Olympians, wields a thunderbolt like Indra, and rides an eagle like Vishnu.
• The feats of the Greek hero Heracles, known to Romans as Hercules, reminded many of Krishna, as did his name, ‘Hari-kula-esha’ or lord of the Hari clan.
• The Greek epic of a husband sailing across the sea with a thousand ships to bring his wife, Helen, back from Troy seems strikingly similar to the story of Ram rescuing Sita from Lanka.
Is there a connection between Greek and Hindu mythology then? Does it have something to do with a common Indo-European root? Or maybe an exchange of ideas in the centuries that followed the arrival of Alexander the Great, when Greek emissaries travelled to the kingdoms of Mathura and Magadha?
In this book, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik turns his attention to ancient Greek tales, and explores a new world of stories. Long have Europeans and Americans retold Indic mythologies. It is time for Indians to reverse the gaze.