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The Greek Myths

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From the creation of the world out of Chaos & the birth of the Olympians to the Trojan War & Odysseus's return, Robert Graves's superb retelling of the Greek myths has long been acclaimed as the definitive edition. Graves draws on sources scattered throughout ancient literature, using a novelist's skill to weave a crisp, coherent narrative of each myth & provid ...more
Hardcover, 782 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Moyer Bell Limited (first published 1955)
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Aidan Obviously, Graves didn't write the Greek myths. But he sourced them and retold them in one single work. The stories presented in the book have been…moreObviously, Graves didn't write the Greek myths. But he sourced them and retold them in one single work. The stories presented in the book have been presented by him, for lack of a better word. He's the author of the book, if not of the myths. (less)
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Lynne King
The Folio Society published this rather splendid two volume book of The Greek Myths by Robert Graves in 1996. I purchased it then but I basically only looked at it from time to time when I wanted to know about certain myths or gods, and thus there was always something that I could look up which would give me pleasure.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted as, well to me anyway, it is an excellent reference book that I will pick up from time to time and browse through it or look for further inf
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Greek Myths, Robert Graves
عنوان: جهان اسطوره ها؛ نویسنده: رابرت گریوز و دیگران؛ مترجم: ابوالقاسم اسماعیل پور؛ تهران، جامی؛ 1393؛ در 720 ص، مصور؛ واژه نامه دارد، شابک: 9786001761119؛ موضوع: اساطیر یونانی - قرن 20 م
Nandakishore Varma
This is one of the gems I discovered, and purchased for a pittance, during my professional college days (1980-85).

The old "Current Books" bookshop was an institution in Thrissur. It was located in a very old building, with rows and rows of shelves and books arranged in no particular order. There were rooms leading to rooms leading to rooms, dark and musty rooms filled with the wonderful smell of old books. An ideal place to spend a Saturday afternoon, digging through the piles and piles of jumbl
Lee Broderick
My edition came with an introduction by Kenneth McLeish which mentioned the importance of this book in re-establishing the Greek myths as suitable reading for adults. It also went on to highlight Robert Graves's extensive reading but McLeish was forced to acknowledge some weaknesses in Graves's scholarship.

The legends themselves are very dry, descriptive accounts redolent of an essay on the story at hand rather than a retelling. It's clear that the author carried out very thorough reading on the
Dec 30, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE GREEK MYTHS. (1945; rev. 1960; this ed. 1996). Robert Graves. ****.
This work was first published by Penguin Books in 1955, and later revised by the author in 1960. I bought a copy of the two-volume paperback edition sometime in the late 1960s and found that it was almost unreadable – primarily because of the voluminous footnotes and interjections by the author. This edition (Folio Society; two-volumes) takes the 1960 edition and removes the distraction of the footnotes, combining all of the
Sep 02, 2010 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Graves “The Greek Myths” is a wonderful resource for learning about the myths of ancient Greece. Originally published in 1955, it was updated for the last time in 1960. There are two volumes, but they are often available in a single book, which makes it easier for the reader to handle. Graves does a wonderful job of making the myths easy to read and understand, and discusses the variations which often occurred in the myths. His interpretation of the myths is a bit subjective, so the reade ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Plucino rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dry collection / encyclopadedia of Greek Myths. Author did his homework diligently and quoted all the classical sources. So far so good.

However... Author felt compelled to «explain» almost everything in terms of a matrilinear / Mother Goddess ancient tradition that I consider crackpot (since no source was quoted). I even detected some «Golden Bough» stench but I could be oversensitive or overreacting because of disappointment.
Nov 28, 2008 Jak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are several pros and cons to this book.

Pros: It’s very comprehensive in that it covers just about all the Greek mythology.

Cons: It’s very focused towards the academic. Each myth is told a break neck speed with a bare bones of story followed by a list or sources and then a list of how the myth came to be with interpretations of historical events/persons basically and entomology. This would be an invaluable tool to an academic but as some one who only wanted to read and enjoy the stories I
Opera affatto didascalica o pedante, è corredata da note preziose che uniscono la mitologia greca a quella micenea ed aria.
Pur essendo improntata a una ormai superata concezione antropologica e storico-religiosa di un primevo matriarcato, la classifico tra gli imperdibili perchè narra in toto la mitologia dell'Ellade, la quale, a sua volta, altro non è che la trasposizione, onirica e quindi immaginifica, delle paure, dei desideri e delle esigenze del nostro inconscio.

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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
If you plan to read Homer's The Iliad or The Odyssey, or any of the great plays of the Greek classicists, I have a suggestion for a book that will prove to be indispensable to you on your journey through these great works of literature. Robert Graves (1895-1985), the British poet, translator and novelist, produced some 140 works. He is probably best known for his novel, I Claudius, and his historical study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess. In the late-1950s, he also completed a two-volum ...more
Jan 27, 2017 Deni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una muy buena recolección, con muchas fuentes, de lo que es la mitología griega. La introducción es asombrosa, y nos hace imaginar un mundo panhelénico, una Europa antigua sin dioses de la Edad Oscura donde una gran Diosa inmortal, inmutable y omnipotente regía una sociedad matrilineal donde, por ejemplo ni siquiera existía el concepto de paternidad.
El delirio sigue, y repito, es muy lindo de imaginar, pero si bien a lo largo de todo el libro Robert Graves vive exponiendo sus fuentes, en el cas
If you are looking for Greek myths where a random person takes a journey to distant lands, finds monsters, travels through mystical lands, saves the girl, is elevated to hero status, has a final fight, and then lives happily ever after – this set is not for you. This two volume set does cover Greek mythology but instead of a story like Homer’s Iliad these are the stories of where the Greek gods and deities came from. Basically, an extremely detailed family tree of the deities and characters from ...more
Ed Smiley
This book was exhaustive and exhausting in that it goes into tertiary incidents with enormous detail.

I admit I did have to skim a bit. It is a great reference, however. I would suggest you not read it cover to cover as I did, but grab an interesting that grabs your attention.

It is supplied with copious illustrations of Greek representations of the various mythic persons.

Greek myths seem to have total disregard for any ethical guidelines in the behavior of any of the characters, a problem remark
Sep 03, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good reference book to all those little details that one can love and hate.

Robert Graves writes the myths in a few paragraphs which do more to "telling" then to "showing" the myths. Yet there are things I do not agree with (the mix-and-mash of myths which were once religions unrelated to the Greeks) also I do not quite like his assumptions upon myths and the ancient Greek people themselves.

It isn't so clear to me as it seems cut to him; it makes me wonder where he got a lot of those ass
Jan 31, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NB: This is not the original, heavily annotated two-volume work but an illustrated edition, condensed by one John Buchanan-Brown. It is an informative dash through the major Greek myths. The condensation from two thick volumes into one sparse, illustrated book dashes any hope of narrative flow, of course, but the crucial facts are here for the reader. The epic of Heracles and the saga of the house of Atreus (Agamemnon, Orestes) are explored in detail. The myths are also refreshingly not bowdleri ...more
Timothy Urban
This book is dryer than Agamemnon's sandals. Though thorough, it's a pretty joyless read.

Having said that, I find I just don't get along with the Greek Myths as well as I want to.

If it was all gods, there'd be that internal (lack of) god logic. Throwing a mountain into the sea and making Sicily etc. etc. It would be daft, but interesting.

If it was all mortals and no gods, it'd read like some great sprawling ancient soap opera. A lot of family sagas. And people like family sagas.

The mix of gods
Regina Lindsey
Sep 26, 2012 Regina Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graves has pulled together an exhaustive compilation of Greek myths, arranged by themes, and provides short commentary on their history as well as documentation on where and when they appear.

I have been a fan of Robert Graves since reading I, Claudius in college. I also read a range of hisotrical fiction set in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Often myths of the time period are important elements of the story line. I had a cursory knowledge base of the basic myths. What Graves did for me was c
Jan 18, 2009 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aaron by: professor of my Greek religion course
an excellent place to go for exploration of the Greek myths. This book has been especially helpful to me since Graves very accurately lists the ancient sources he used for each myth...then there's that little star followed by his own interpretation and comments. If you need to write a paper on the subject it's the book to have. I haven't read it cover to cover, but I think I've gotten to just about every myth via the index
Cliff Garner
Nov 12, 2012 Cliff Garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting look at the Greek myths and comparative mythology. It makes a fine reference for interpreting mythology with somewhat of a historical perspective and giving a view of influences upon Greek myth. It suffers a bit from Graves's own prejudices and 'goddess' oriented beliefs, but overall it is a small flaw. I am in process of re-reading and adding notes for my own future reference. Graves's style is easy to read and enjoyable.
Alright I actually like this book a lot because unlike Bulfinch's Mythology, this book delivers what you're looking for. It actually has the Greek Myths in a style that is understandable and for entertainment purposes. You'll get the whole stories here and they are easy to read!
Apr 11, 2008 Mawr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A superb and comprehensive account of the Greek myths, including some very obscure variants, with lots of interesting insights on their anthropological and ritual origins.
Jun 11, 2011 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient
some ultra vires & original content here, so the reliability of the whole must be considered.
Victoria Price
Jan 07, 2014 Victoria Price rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Totally boring.
Tymofii Pokemon
Dec 20, 2016 Tymofii Pokemon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Greek myths . The book is of course fiction because it has a word myths . The book is mostly Adventure/Myth/fairy tales/legends all combined into one.
I chose the book because I like greeks myths because they are very interesting and very scary and cool at some parts of the Myths .
So basically the book is about some legends that were told in Greece and some of them about very dangerous and ugly creatures that were killing people and about a hero that saves everyone from the creature. The set
Jan 02, 2015 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“In some regions of the South Seas a finger-joint is always lopped off at the death of a close relative, even when he or she has died a natural death. In the Eumenides Aeschylus is apparently disguising a tradition that Orestes fled to the Troad and lived, untroubled by the Erinnyes, under Athene’s protection on silt land wrested from the Scamander and therefore free from the curse. Why else should the Troad be mentioned? Wine instead of blood libations, and offerings of small hair-snippings ins ...more
Sue Bridgwater
Beware - this edition contains 'most of' the text BUT NONE of the critical apparatus, bibliographies etc.
Роберт Грейвс задался написать комментарии к некоему изданию, скорее всего античного автора, для чего ему понадобилось перетрясти большую часть античных же авторов и немного византийских. Трактуемая им версия мифологических сказаний выглядит логично построенной, практически взаимосвязанной. В тексте нет лишней информации, когда речь касается сведения в единое целое различных версий схожих историй, к тому же Грейвс указывает, на кого он опирался. Исключение составляют введение и комментарии самог ...more
Que si todavía me gusta leer mitos griegos como en tercer grado? Claro, pero elijo las versiones para adultos, como la de Robert Graves, el autor de"Yo, Claudio". Por cierto creo que voy a buscar ese libro también. este fue de fácil lectura y los recomiendo para los amantes del cine pochoclero desde "La saga de Hades" hasta Percy Jackson (?). Hagan caso ;)
Dec 30, 2016 Toby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classical-world
First a quibble. If the chimaera is a goat with the head of a lion and the body of a snake, what exactly is the goaty bit - the legs? The tail? In which case why not say that it is a snake with the head of a lion and the legs of a goat? The myths themselves are chimeric and confused. Multiple sources create regular confusion as to persons, places and fates.

Graves retelling of the myths effectively consists of two books merged together. The first is a readable narration of the myths in the style
Thomas Yaeger
Apr 15, 2016 Thomas Yaeger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a very famous book, and is still on many university reading lists, despite it being a deeply problematic text. As a student I was advised to use only the parts of the text which described the myths, and to skip the analysis. The text is divided in this way because the descriptions of the myths were written and compiled by a classical scholar (uncredited in the first edition), and then Graves added his own idiosyncratic interpretations and glosses to each entry. The book was a commission
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Robert Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King's College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon & Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G. H. Johnstone, a boy of fourteen ("Dick" in Goodbye to All That) When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plato, G ...more
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