Sagen des Klassischen Altertums
Images from Die schönsten Sagen des Klassischen Altertums (the most beautiful legends of classical antiquity) by Gustav Schwab, 1888.
At least part of this book seems to be online at www.sagen.at. If you don’t speak read German, you can enter the URL into the Google search bar and get a machine translation of the pages.
The title page
The text (in German) reads as follows, as best as I can make it out; corrections and an English translation would be very welcome: [more...]
Perseus und Andromeda.
A damsel in distress if ever the was one! The woman (Andromeda) is chained at wrist and ankle to a rock in the sea, and a viscious sea-monster is about to swaller her up. But look! The helmeted and sandal-footed Perseus is [...] [more...]
Crumbling elegance: floriated tailpiece with criblé background
This typographic decoration was printed as a tail-piece at the end of a chapter. The stippled white dots on a black background are called a criblé effect; this style was popular in the sixteenth century, and it’s possible that the wood-engraving for this ornament was old, although more likely it’s a nineteenth-century German copy. It has vine leaves and a [...] [more...]
Apollo beschuekt die Leiche Hektors
Hector tried to tire [Achilles] by running around the walls of Troy with Achilles in hot pursuit. He caught him on the third lap around and killed him. He then took his armor, tied the corpse behind his chariot and dragged him behind it around the walls of Troy. Even after he buried Patroclus and sacrificed many, many animals to him, he still dragged [...]Characters of Greek Mythology, established by Tonya James] [more...]
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