Bulfinchs Mythology The Age Of Fable
The myths created by the Greeks and Romans, and the tales of the heroes and heroines that emerged during the Age of Chivalry in Europe, reflect man's enduring emotions: jealousy and hatred, compassion and devotion. They deal with the challenges that still confront man -- the search for truth, for a deeper understanding of the natural world, and of man's own nature.
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Bear in mind that this book was written in 1859. For this time period, it is a remarkable bit of scholarship made accessible to the general public. But because it is 150 years old, the style may feel a little dry to contemporary readers. Also, those with a scholarly interest m ...more
Jan 03, 2012
The Age of Fable contains brief summaries of major and minor characters in Greek, Roman Norse mythology. Sometimes the characters briefings have enough supplemental story to make sense, but more often the book reads like a scattered puzzle: most of the entries are disjointed and out of context making it difficult to understand the whole picture. The text is often cross-referenced with e ...more
Posso dizer que seja, talvez, uma informação muito sintética para uma leitura fluída - como o fiz - porém, me parece, uma bela fonte de referências, e acredito que na hora que precisar me ocorrerá - assim espero - alguma lembrança, que mesmo tênue, será suficiente para m ...more
Look, there are better book out there. Even better books in this specific category; but I really think Bulfinch's Mythology, of which this book is a part, is something everyone should o ...more
The book serves as an excellent reference and beginner's guide to mythology. It has guided me through multiple courses in college, from beginner's level Latin, to graduate level philosophy and political science. I highly suggest the Kindle version. It is for free and easy to quote through the computer program, which is also for free. The search function on both the computer program and the Kindle itself is also very helpful, and will get you all of the inform ...more
No matter what other versions of the Greek myths you've read, there's a certain quaint charm to Bullfinch's take on the stories. Written in the 1850s, the book opens with a forward in which Bullfinch attempts to argue the value of mythology. He notes that without some background in mythology, the allusions of the famous poets will simply whizz over a reader's head, and also adds that despite its pagan beginnings, mythology contains pure and valuable moral lessons. He then procee ...more
Yang paling banyak sih mitologi Yunani, dan ada lumayan mitologi Norse. Yang kepercayaan lainnya dibahas dikit-dikit ^ ^
Abis baca ini jadi pengen "berburu" karya Ovid (^..^)
"Sherry, sir?" he asks, though he knows the answer.
"Yes, please, Morris. Don't be stingy."
Morris pours the drink and brings it to you. You already have your nose in your Bulfinch's. You feel the knowledge imparted will do you good at dinner parties, the more mundane anecdotes perfect for conversation with elderly ladies and the naught ...more
It was interesting, I learned a ton, but it was like reading a textbook.
While the author really made an effort to write fluently and in prose he was also meticulous not to miss details or overlook facts.
This book is essentially a collection of Greek, Roman,Egyptian, Norse and German mythology (Mostly Greek) accompanied by poetry that relates to the subject. The premise of the book is that "Today" (written in the 19th cent.) people who read poetry don't get all the all ...more
Reading Bulfinch reminds us that our speech, our art, and even our war and peace are filled with refer ...more
The Age of Fable, by Thomas Bulfinch, is a work that aims to, in the authors words (translated from the portuguese by me), "popularize mythology and expand the pleasure of reading". If he succeeds in this, I don't know, but I believe it's possible to extend the pleasure of reading.
Bulfinch explains, in a very succinct and direct way, the story of many entities (such as Jupiter, Achilles, Odysseus, Aeneas, and others) and relevant events (such as the Trojan War, for examp ...more
in my book right now I'm on page 81 and I'm learning about Cupid and who he is (which i already know who he is) and what he does which i think everyone knows who he is and what he does. Right now I'm learning what he did ...more
The Age of Fable
Seeing as this is a work of old myths and beliefs, and therefore not exactly the kind of book I normally read, I had a hard time, finding out, whether I liked this book or not. At some places, it was incredibly boring, but in others it was incredibly interesting. Thomas Bulfinch does a good job telling these stories and legends in the correct order, so the reader is at no point in doubt of which events there has just been told.
Some readers, myself included, will have a ...more
Bulfinch wrote three books which explored the nature and content of myth, this one in 1859, the second being “The Age of Chivalry,” covering the world, mostly, of English myth, including King Arthur and his Knights, that volume also includes a summary of the Mabinogeon, and, finally, a third volume entitled “The Legends of Charlemagne.” This first study covers mostly the Greek and Roman myths, but the author also touches on bits of Indian and Egypt ...more
In compilation only.
2) Prometheus and Pandora
3) Apollo and Daphne; Pyramus and Thisbe; Cephalus and Procris
4) Juno and her Rivals, Io and Callisto; Diana and Actaeon; Latona and the Rustics
6) Midas; Baucis and Philemon
7) Proserpine; Claucus and Scylla
8) Pygmalion; Dryope; Venus and Adonis; Apollo and Hyacinthus
9) Ceyx and Halcyone
10) Vertumnus and Pomona; Iphis and Anaxarete
11) Cupid and Psyche
12) Cadmus; The Myrmidons
13) Nisus and Scy ...more