The nightly appearance of the stars, their arrangement in the sky, their regular risings and settings through the course of the year, have been a source of endless wonder and speculation. But where did the constellations come from and what are the myths associated with them?
The most comprehensive work ever published on the 48 classical constellations, this handbook contains the only surviving works on the constellation myths that have come down to us from antiquity: an epitome of The Constellations of Eratosthenes -- never before translated into English -- and The Poetic Astronomy of Hyginus. Includes accurate, detailed commentaries on each constellation myth, and complete references for those who wish to dig deeper. Anyone interested in astronomy or mythology, as well as the occasional stargazer, will find this an ideal resource.