Brilliant. A comprehensive overview of Greek and Roman mythology, with stories told in a surprisingly entertaining and coherent tone. I recommend this for anyone interested in mythology, as it's one of the few textbooks I've had that reads like a good novel.
Joesph Campbell is the authority on Classical Mythology, and this book uses his works a lot. There are a lot of names to know if you are trying to read this straight through. I would recommend taking each chapter at a time to get to know the stories.
I have been a Greek myth geek since I was first introduced to it in my sixth grade world history class. The only thing this book added to what I already knew was how they may have came about. I had never considered the cultural perspective of the Titanomachy or the Medusa myth and that was a refreshing take on things.if you are a novice to Greek mythology, this book is for you. If you know your stuff, walk on by.
Another confusing book, as it seemed to "explain" the myths as though the basics were common knowledge. It was almost impossible to try to piece together the outline of the classic stories because this book attempted to cover every convoluted or esoteric twist. Also attempted to describe Freud's belief in the motives for creation of some of the myths. All in all, a little too ambitious and ultimately confusing.
The best classical mythology book that I've ever had. I found an earlier edition of this book and found it extremely helpful and detailed. I now own this book and it's even better. This edition is printed on beautiful glossy paper, has colour pictures, and serves as an excellent resource if you're a student, a professor, or if you're like me and you're fascinated with mythology!
This is the textbook I used for my mythology and ritual class. Overall, it was easy to use. I liked how the end of every myth discussed modern art works (including movies and plays) inspired by that myth. However, some of the stories were hard to understand. Several times, I went to Wikipedia to figure them out.
This was my Classical Mythology class textbook for my Summer classes. I really enjoyed reading this book. Though it was a lot to read for a 6 week course. I plan on going back to reread some sections but other than that I really enjoyed the textbook and the class.
Very dry, an extremely dull read. It's loaded with good information, but the authors could have tried to keep it interesting. It's the stuff that has captured the imagination of countless millions for thousands of years - how hard can it be?