What happened to the Greek gods when people stopped believing in them? This fantasy classic, originally published in 1888, speculates by revisiting the myth of Prometheus in "Twilight of the Gods." Twenty-seven additional parables and fairy tales, each rich in humor and thought-provoking situations, unfold in medieval China, pre-Islamic Arabia, ancient Rome, and other historic settings.
Highlights include "The Potion of Lao-Tsze," concerning an emperor's pursuit of eternal life; "The Apostle of God," in which even the most devout believer falls prey to temptation; "The Demon Pope," involving the pontiff and a favor owed to Lucifer; and "Philosophy and the Law," which pits a Roman philosopher against a Hindu king. This edition features an Introduction by T. E. Lawrence as well as Henry Keen's atmospheric black-and-white illustrations of goblins, satyrs, centaurs, and other mythological creatures.
Reprint of the Dodd, Mead, and Company, New York, 1926 edition.