Wow. Just wow. A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology, by Harold Newman, looks to be fascinating.
It was about 20 years ago when Jon O. Newman, a federal appeals court judge in Manhattan, walked up to a staff member in the New York Public Library and asked, “Do you have a book anywhere in this library that has a complete genealogical chart of Greek mythology?” They didn’t.
“O.K., second question,” Judge Newman said. “If there were such a book, would you buy it?”
“We’d have to,” the librarian replied.
It was what the judge had wanted to hear. For years, his father, Harold Newman, had pursued a hobby — an elaborate genealogy project — trying to link all characters from Greek mythology in a single family tree. Judge Newman wanted to finish it.
Now, the Newmans’ work has been published by the University of North Carolina Press as “A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology: Comprising 3,673 Named Figures of Greek Mythology, All Related to Each Other Within a Single Family of 20 Generations.”
More details can be found at the New York Times. It’s a bit on the pricey side at \$75, but man would that be a fascinating book to spend time browsing through.