Gifts from the Gods by Lise Lunge-Larsen
Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology

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Ancient names come to rich and fascinating life in this lavishly illustrated gift book for mythology fans and word lovers. Did you know that “museums” were initially temples built to worship the nine muses, the goddesses of the arts? That “Janus” was the god of the doorways and hallways, and we have named our janitors after him?
Where did these words — and other words, such as chaos, genius, nemesis, panic, echo, and narcissus — come from? From the ancient stories of the Greeks — stories that rang so true and wise that the names of the characters have survived for centuries as words we use every day. The brief stories here not only impart the subtle wisdom of these ancient tales, but make us understand the words, and our own world, more deeply.
 

About Lise Lunge-Larsen

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Lise Lunge-Larsen is an award-winning author and a professional storyteller. Born and raised in Norway, she lives with her family in the hills of Duluth, Minnesota. Gareth Hinds has retold and illustrated several classics, including Beowulf and the much-acclaimed Odyssey. He lives in New York City with his wife
 
Published October 25, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 96 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Countering the notion that our language just sprang into existence from nowhere, a respected storyteller offers quick notes on the Classical backgrounds behind several dozen words or expressions in common use.

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The cruelty of this father toward his children was unbearable.” But then, giving even advanced readers good reason to consult a dictionary: “She offered her children an adamantine sickle – lustrous and unbreakable – to confront their father with.” Children familiar with Greek mythology will still...

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Lunge-Larsen and Hinds explain what words like echo, grace, hypnotize, and janitor have in common, tracing the origins of common words and expressions to Greek and Roman myths.

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The stories are too sketchy and disconnected for lovers of good literature.”The territory where myths cross into words and thoughts is fleetingly explored in the comely Gifts from the Gods by noted storyteller and folklorist Lise Lunge-Larsen.Arranged alphabetically, Gifts from the Gods presents ...

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