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Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece: Mythology's Great Tales of Valor and Romance

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Life among the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece was a pretty lively affair. Take the day that the great god Zeus asked his son to split open his head with an ax...or the time Apollo "kidnapped" a boadload of Cretans so he'd have someone to worship him...or the argument between Zeus and his wife, Hera, that ended when h
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Published March 1st 2001 by NAL (first published January 1st 1957)
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Sep 15, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
This book was a great introduction to ancient Greek myths. It was very readable as well as concise, and would be a good choice for reading aloud.
Sonia ahmadi
Sep 22, 2007 Sonia ahmadi rated it really liked it
ketabe khili khili jalebie, hatman bekhooninesh;-)
Nov 22, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing
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Excellent source for getting the general stories that make up so much of the background in Greek myth. For a while I was concerned with trying to find translations of the oldest versions of some of these tales but I quickly realized that's not nearly as important as having a great author like Rouse give the frameworks of the tales - especially since oftentimes the details of each story vary from place to place and time between Homer, Hesiod and the later Greek playwrights.

My only criticism is th
Jul 27, 2015 Jonathan rated it liked it
A very old sensibility informs this anthology, but it is a sensibility equally born of reverence for the other and pride in one's own. Let a young person read it first and fix a sense of myth's sweep before tackling its smaller parts.
Dan Darragh
Jan 11, 2011 Dan Darragh rated it really liked it
Not a book you want to pick up and read for fun, but if you're looking for an uncomplicated explanation of the Greek Gods and folks like Odyssus, Achilles and Jason this is the book for you. The author taught at a private boys school in England that was heavy into teaching Greek civilization and understanding the mythological gods and heroes of this era is really helpful in understanding how the civilization evolved. Rouse tells the stories as if he were talking to classroom of eighth- or ninth- ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Meghan rated it really liked it
This is a collection of mythological stories. It is similar to Edith Hamilton's book, but it is written more like someone telling a story. There are references to the Bible and other events in history to give context to places or times the mythological stories happen. There are also details to some of the same stories, but with different details than what Edith Hamilton provides. It is especially rich in the origin of the Gods and how each of the main Gods makes his or her way to Olympus.

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May 15, 2008 LilDaddy rated it it was ok
This book is OK it is almost like another.Book i read which is called heroes,gods,monsters, and greek myths. Except this is less intereting.Than the other one,but it is alright like the other.This book is very interesting and adventurous to.
Dec 25, 2008 Valerie rated it it was ok
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This is the mythology most often assigned in schools. It is also one of the most boring collections. It has no zip or zing. I think people assign it just because they had to read it. I also feel that way about Edith Hamilton.
Oct 25, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It's simple and easy to follow. I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in Greek mythology, whether you're brushing up on it like I was or just getting into it.
Oct 23, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fully enjoy Greek mythology, this book was a good assistant in an introduction of the mythologies yet does not always go into depth.
Feb 24, 2008 Shaunda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this sometime between 5th and 8th grade, and i still pick it up from time to time to read certain tales...
Erik Graff
Apr 30, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
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This was the first book I ever read about Greek mythology.
Aug 29, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
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William Henry Denham (W. H. D.) Rouse (30 May 1863 – 10 February 1950) was a pioneering British teacher who advocated the use of the Direct Method of teaching Latin and Greek.

Born in Calcutta, India on 31 May 1863, Rouse gained a double first in the Classical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, where he also studied Sanskrit. He became a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge in 1888.

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