Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece: Mythology's Great Tales of Valor and Romance
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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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by NAL Trade (first published January 1st 1957)
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Liam
A fun, compact treatment of the major plots in agreed Greek mythology. Unfortunately reserved in some areas, in keeping with the fact that Rouse initially tested his stories - retellings, perhaps - on his Cambridge students; as a result, some of the more risque (and grotesquely amusing myths) are swept under the metaphorical rug. The origin of the Minotaur, for instance, an instance of unintentional bestiality (of sorts), is entirely circumvented. Further, there are a few moments where Rouse is...more
Charles
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...more
Sonia ahmadi
ketabe khili khili jalebie, hatman bekhooninesh;-)
Dan Darragh
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
Meghan
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.

I read...more
LilDaddy
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.
Valerie
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.
Nicole
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.
Amanda
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.
Shaunda
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This was the first book I ever read about Greek mythology.
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1863-1950

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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