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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Mythology

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  14 reviews

You're no idiot, of course. You can find Greece on a map, know that Kevin Sorbo stars as Hercules on TV, and have heard of Freud's Oedipus theory. But when it comes to classical mythology, you feel like you've been foiled by the gods. Don't curse Zeus yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Mythology has all you need for a working knowledge of the timeless world of Gr

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Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Alpha
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
A good guide has the basics and some nice deep cuts of Greco-Roman Mythology. Made me think about how much Hellenism is integral to what came later in Christianity and Modernity. See my updates for some thoughts.
James
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good summary of classical mythology. Nice for reading a chapter a day to keep reinforcing the stories and myths while I'm onto other books.
Barbara ★
I've always been intrigued (and confused) about Mythology. I could never remember which Gods were Greeks, Romans or Titans. This book helped to define who's who while detailing various exploits and adventures of the Gods and the mortals with whom they interacted (and whose lives they destroyed!) Written in simple English with a humorous bent to make reading 432 pages enjoyable while being informative. Though if you value your sanity, don't attempt to read it cover to cover in one sitting or your ...more
Kristin Ramsey
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talks about mythology from both Greek and Roman myths. The book is set up in a questions and answers and the answers go into detail about each of the myths. You also learn how classical mythology is still used paintings, movies, and television. This book is from 1998 so it stops after talking about Disney’s Hercules in 1997. So it has not been updated to include mythology in today’s world. Hope that made sense in what I wrote.
Donna
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good overview for brushing up on my mythology.
Alona
Dec 06, 2019 added it
It helped
Francesca Strada
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, classic, learning
Beautifully written. Fun to read. The perfect read for every person who is interested in classic mythology.
Nicolaas
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read any works of Homer or just want to have a better understanding of mythology
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I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read any works of Homer or just want to have a better understanding of mythology. Homer's works are so filled with references and the first time I tried to read it, I was totally confused. After reading this the world of Mythology really opens up and things start to make sense.

Don't underestimate it because it's a Idiot's Guide, its brilliantly set out and easy to follow, with short paragraphs, extra titbits and other background information and expl
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Timothy Boyd
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Very informative book. Great start learning the Greek myths and stories. Recommended
Vicki Cline
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
I especially liked the pronuncation guide in the back.
Jessica
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Good intro to the main Greek/Roman gods
Anne Marshall
Mar 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Well set out and very comprehensive
Christina Nelson
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really great intro to classic mythology. Unlike the "dummies" version, there's not condescension in the tone on the writing. Just an honest, entertaining, easy to understand guide.
Awyn
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
It's good for what it is...very basic, though.
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