How many people these days can still recount the story of Romulus and Remus or the punishment of Tantalus? Ulysses and Oedipus are household names in twenty-first century, but characters like Hecuba, Medus, Perseus, Hydra and Cassandra, formerly part of any educated person's vocabulary, are often a mystery to contemporaries. Themes from antiquity that are treated in works of art are often only vaguely remembered.
Gerhard Fink takes remedial measures with this work by presenting more than 500 figures from Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquity and telling their stories. By giving numerous references to works of art and literature, he demonstrates in a fascinating manner how closely linked our culture is to those origins.