Books: Things Homer Never Knew

VENUS, THE LONELY GODDESS (155 pp.) —John Erskine—Morrow ($2.75).

Whatever the ancient Greeks may have thought, life among the gods up there on Olympus wasn't always a bowl of nectar. Take the case of Venus, or let Author Erskine take it. Her mother-in-law Juno was a suspicious, embittered shrew. Sister-in-law Minerva, an athletic type, tried to knife her as soon as her back was turned.

Venus' husband, Vulcan, was a good guy and the god of fire besides, but he was so jealous he couldn't stand to have her out of his sight; his idea of fun for his lovely bride was to...

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