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The Greek Myths

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Combines in a single volume the complete text of the definitive two-volume classic, citing all the ancient myths.
Paperback, Combined Edition, 784 pages
Published April 6th 1993 by Penguin Books (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
Jan 31, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myth-fairy-tales
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
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 04, 2010 Dave rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2013 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.
Jan 12, 2010 Jak rated it liked it
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
Timothy Urban
Sep 17, 2016 Timothy Urban rated it liked it
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
Jan 31, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
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
Ed Smiley
Oct 05, 2011 Ed Smiley rated it liked it
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 12, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
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
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
Regina Lindsey
Jan 17, 2016 Regina Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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
Cliff Garner
Nov 12, 2012 Cliff Garner rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 18, 2009 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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
Clara Mazzi
Aug 10, 2016 Clara Mazzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un lavoro mastodontico. Graves ha ricercato e letto ogni testo classico sull'argomento così come diversi libri di critica a lui contemporanei. Ha tratto le sue conclusioni (che hanno travolto tutto quello che sapevo di mitologia greca) e ha lavorato isolato su di un'isola greca alla composizione di quest'opera non solo trascrivendo tutte le storie, ma dandogli un'ordine grosso modo cronologico e arricchendo e solidificando l'opera con note alla fine di ciascuna leggenda che riportano non solo i ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!
John Lucy
May 27, 2015 John Lucy rated it liked it
This is a great book for a scholar or anyone interested in learning the basic forms of the myths. Not so much a great book for those who are interested in story. Graves simply outlines the events and happenings of each myth, which sometimes still makes for good reading if you're unfamiliar with the myths but is otherwise dry.

The great benefit of having this book in your collection is that Graves uses a lot of ink to discuss the religious and cultural and historical foundations of the myths. Whi
Mar 02, 2016 Leif rated it really liked it
I've been dipping in and out of this, Graves' masterpiece of mythic scholarship and retellings, and I find it absolutely fascinating. As a scholar, Graves was meticulous but idiosyncratic (all of that goddess / matriarchy material does distort his footnotes in some odd ways). But, in his retellings, I absolutely adore the dry, faintly curious but never ironic voice that the myths are told in: to have all of such richness at hand is a must for anyone interested in the plurality and remarkable ric ...more
A. J. McMahon
Aug 24, 2015 A. J. McMahon rated it liked it
I will give Robert Graves credit for being thorough. He starts at the beginning and goes right through to the end, so this book is a very useful reference work to have on your bookshelf. And obviously the material of the myths themselves are not his fault; I read this book cover to cover only to find my head spinning from all the bloodshed and mayhem. But there's a sense in which Graves could have perhaps made different choices in how he presented the myths, especially from such a great historic ...more
Dec 05, 2014 sologdin rated it did not like it
Shelves: ancient
some ultra vires & original content here, so the reliability of the whole must be considered.
Feb 20, 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
Victoria Price
Mar 28, 2014 Victoria Price rated it did not like it
Shelves: classic
Totally boring.
Thomas Yaeger
Jun 11, 2016 Thomas Yaeger rated it really liked it

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
Yoshiki Omagari

-IBC public level 4
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-7 words summary:Apollo-angry-Eros-love-Daphne-run-turn
-Discussion question
1.Are you interested in Greek Myths?,and when and where did you know Greek Myths?
Of course,yes,I am. I knew them after I read Japanese myths.Japanese myths look like Greek myths.
2.Why do you think Greeks myths were made?
It is a big problem for me because the Greeks was as wise as the Ruman. Did the Greeks really believe in Gods and Gooddesses.

I like Greek Myths, but I do not actually k
Constanza Gomez
Jul 31, 2016 Constanza Gomez rated it did not like it
If you read this is some kind of "fiction book" could be fine. But as a manual to mythology is just awful, there are many inaccuracies (like distorting myths of seduction into sexual rapes). If you want to learn about Greek Mythology this is not the book. I remember reading this some years ago, and after I kept on reading other books and studies I realized how badly taught I was by Graves book.
Read it with caution.
Jan 09, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prima della scienza, prima della religione, c'è il Mito. Modo fantasioso e divertente di spiegare fenomeni naturali, l'origine delle cose e degli uomini, gli usi e i costumi e le leggi. Robert Graves è riuscito a raccogliere in 161 capitoli l'intero percorso mitologico fin dal CAOS!Tutto questo con brio e humour divertendo il lettore poichè privo di retorica e manierismo. In questa raccolta possiamo notare quanto gli dei e gli eroi siano simili a noi, Zeus con le sue scappatelle, Era con la sua ...more
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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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