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.

[picture: The Book Cover]

The Book Cover

The cover of the book is red and black with gold foil.

[picture: The title page]

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...]

[picture: Perseus und Andromeda.]

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...]

[picture: Crumbling elegance: floriated tailpiece with criblé background]

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...]

[picture: Herkules in Kampfe gegen die lernäische Schlange.]

Herkules in Kampfe gegen die lernäische Schlange.

The mighty hero Herakles (Hercules) is about to slay the Hydra. He appears to be barefoot and naked, but there is a lion-skin cloak on his back part of which conceals [...] [more...]

[picture: Achilles und die Gesandten der Griechen]

Achilles und die Gesandten der Griechen

Achilles and the envoys of the Greeks engraved by M. Laemmel (?) after Jean August Dominique Ingres.

[picture: Apollo beschuekt die Leiche Hektors]

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...]

[picture: Odysseus und Polyphem]

Odysseus und Polyphem

Odysseus and Polyphem [more...]

[picture: Odysseus toetet die Freier]

Odysseus toetet die Freier



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