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Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

Sean Sheehan

The art, culture, and mythology of ancient Greece still exert powerful influences on modern civilization. This attractive and authoritative book opens up the fascinating world of the Greeks to young readers.

A section of thematic trails begins the book, for children with an interest in a particular topic who may not be sure where to start in the A to Z entries. Each trail identifies the core entries for topics such as gods and goddesses, everyday life, or the Trojan War. Color-keyed icons beside the entries help readers follow the trail, while related topics are suggested to encourage browsing and wider reading. Thus the young reader gains confidence in using a reference book in an enjoyable way.

Approximately two hundred and fifty alphabetical entries—each illustrated in full color—survey the history, art, myths, culture, and everyday life of the ancient Greeks.

Ages nine and up.

Sean Sheehan, who specializes in writing educational books for young readers, studied Greek language and literature and was a teacher in London and Southeast Asia.

Selected for Notable Books for Children 2002 issue by Smithsonian 

"A browsing pleasure as well as an educational tool to treasure."
—Midwest Book Review

"Recommended for ages nine and up, but this is a book that all ages will want to keep."
—Hellenic Journal

"A fun approach to learning about ancient Greece."
Bloomsbury Review

"The diversity of topics is impressive."
—School Library Journal

"An ideal acquisition for school and community library collections."
—Library Bookwatch


160 pages
8 3/4 x 11 inches
250 color and 50 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-667-5

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum