Classical Studies: Book Series

Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Series Editor:

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures from antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the source of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

Forthcoming titles:

Hermes by Arlene Allan

Demeter and Persephone by Nuno Rodrigues

Gilgamesh by Louise Pryke

Odysseus by Chris Mackie

Theseus by H. Alan Shapiro

Hephaistos by Luisa Nazare Ferreira


The amount of information compactly and clearly conveyed is exceptional….these exceedingly useful volumes spur questions that go beyond the confines of their topics." (Robert A. Segal, University of Aberdeen)

"Uniformly excellent… The amount of information compactly conveyed is exceptional’’ (Times Higher Education)

"Deacy is to be credited with developing the concept and format for an engaging and informative series." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)