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The “Misunderstood” Monsters of Greek Mythology

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Frightening and unpredictable, the monsters of Greek mythology are antiheroes that have inspired and fascinated countless generations of authors and artists all around the world. In the treatises in this book, for the first time, the monsters of Greek mythology tell their own version of their stories. Coupled with the original myths, they are all presented in sharp and witty verses in the original metre. Every “misunderstood monster” featured in the book is illustrated according to its “psychology” as this is explained in its personal account of its story. The illustrations are reduced to the colours of black, white and red, and inspired in style by the silhouette-like figures depicted mostly in black in classical illustrations of Greek antiquity. Another stylistic inspiration from that time is that the monsters are shown in portrait or profile only, which further underlines the distinctive, overly angular and almost archaic appearance of these imaginatively interpreted creatures. The layout of these well-produced books features a classical, reduced yet attention-grabbing design that puts the illustrations centre stage. Statement by the jury »The illustrations of the “Greek monsters” are fascinating and visually powerful. They interpret Greek mythology and its symbols in modern iconic renditions and with their fresh and humorous appeal invite readers to enjoy the personal stories told by the monsters.«

Credits
  • Client:
    Mangel-Wurzel, Thessaloniki
  • Design:
    Beetroot Design Group, Thessaloniki
  • text:
    Anastasia Tentokali
  • photography:
    Konstantinos Pappas
  • illustration:
    Alexis Nikou