The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.
Edith Hamilton's Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture--the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiqu
The book then moves into stories/myths involving the gods. The stories are edited with comments to include (sometimes) where the story came from (e.g. Homer's earlier writings, etc.) and slight variances in the story that are the result of translations or just disagreements in the retellings throughout history.
I actually read the Percy Jackson series and realized just how little I knew of Greek mythology. This book is an excellent read if you want to brush up, or (like me) learn about it from the ground-up.
In short, once you read through the descriptions of the gods, it becomes more story-like (divided into chapters, etc.). Highly recommend. (less)
I firmly believe that these myths are still important and relevant and many of them deal with the human condition. The adventures may present some tough lessons on morality and right and wrong but they are such wonderfully presented here that I believe that with some careful guidance someone 11 years old or even a bit younger could enjoy some of these. Odysseus defeating the cyclops Polyphemus for example is one that I was exposed to at a very young age and it's still one of my favorite stories. An 11-year-old boy particularly would find it entertaining (what young boy doesn't like a good somewhat violent tale about overcoming a seemingly insurmountable evil?)
I believe that myths are great for children and even better for adults. Still to this day these myths are recreated and played out. Disney is especially famous for this. And how can we not mention Star Wars? All the elements of classical mythology are present in those movies!
I encourage folks to share these stories with their kids!
Wow. So this took me almost a full year to get through.
And no, I'm not actually joking (shocking, I know). GR says I started this in August....of 2018.
But what can I say.
Aside from the fact that I am probably just too dumb and too uncultured to truly enjoy this thing to it's full capacity...I'm also not a pretentious asshole who is going to pretend I lurved it to pieces just to look smart. (And no, I am not suggesting anyone who says they love this is a liar. One of my BBF GR buds An ...more
P.S. These beautiful photos aren't mine! ;) ...more
Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Paperback Edition, 2004)
Mythology by Edith Hamilton (originally published in 1942; Back Bay Books edition of 1998)
The Greek Myths by Robert Graves (Penguin Books combined edition, 1992)
Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab (Pantheon Books, copyright 1946)
Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (H ...more
Edith Hamilton's Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture--the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.
We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus.
We hear the tales of Jason and the Go ...more
Hamilton took from the best sources to cobble together slick summaries of all your old time myth favorites. Before giving each mythical story's highlights, she details the different writers who created a version of it and explains the qualities of the best ones. Sometimes she berates the l ...more
Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies are so old because they have been in existence thousands and thousands of years even before Christ was born. No wonder that many literary works have been based on them. Even the names of the planets and the stars. Even the names of my, mortal as they are, relatives and friends. I have a nephew by a cousin in Canada whose name is Hector but he does not write ...more
Basically, this gif sums up most of Greek mythology:
Not even kidding a little bit.
Anyways, mythology is always something I was interested in and loved, it's in so much of our everyday life still in the stories we tell and our history. I know most of my real life friends read this in the 10th grade, but my class read The Odyssey only and I've always meant to get to this book but didn't until now.
I listened to the audio of this book during my work commutes, and I liked it because it was a ...more
To clarify: this book IS better written than the one by Mr. Bulfinch. One reason is that Edith Hamilton was a scho ...more
This book is a classic for a re ...more
John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus, in which Echo (who can only echo what other people say) fails to save Narcissus from drowning himself while admiring his own wonderful visage.
Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son, in which the titan Saturn eats all his children so that they won't be the death of him.
Peter Paul Rubens, Leda and the Swan, in which a woman is raped by Z ...more
This is one only two such books I still have, 15 years out of high school: this and Strunk and White. This is a good book to have lying arou ...more
This was great for Greek mythology- with family trees at the back of the book to aid understanding and it was great to see how these heroes and Gods all connect. The author also wrote where the these stories are found and the source material she used (eg through tragic plays, or part of poetry) which was great for me for further research!
I also enjoyed how the author included different versions of the tales and who originally wrote these down- for example, there are different versions of ...more
I’ve always been interested in Greek mythology but I never had a whole book that would help me understand the relationships between Titans, Olympian Gods, Demi-gods and humans. But this one served its purpose. Not only we have the family trees that help us know who is related to who, but also how they get involved with the great heroes such as Achil ...more
This is a must-read for everyone.
Cautionary note: Edith Hamilton isn't afraid to share he ...more
Mythology has catalyzed the emergence of a rich and profound body of artistic works. In fact, this exactly peaked my interest in mythology in the first place. Here are some of my favs:
The titan Saturn eats all of his sons in fear of ...more
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