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The Virago Book of Erotic Myths and Legends (The Virago Book)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An impressive and varied collection of erotic myths and legends from the ancient world retold for today's modern audience.
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Chartwell Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Antonomasia
Jan 17, 2012 marked it as part-read  ·  review of another edition
Bits of mythology with some sex and romance.
This does not necessarily equal erotica.
Stories all had similar voice - all by one author - despite being from different traditions. And the voice wasn't compelling enough to make that okay.
Introduction was a bit prissy at times, considering it's meant to be erotica.
Wouldn't rule out having another go at this at some point, but not worth keeping. Anyway, it's evidently not just me...
Stephen
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This book contained some ancient myths mixed in with some modern interpretations of ancient myths. I love myths so it was mostly enjoyable to me. A couple of the modern ones were annoying though as they smacked of a "Penthouse Letters" version of an ancient myth.
Sammy Sutton
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book featuring an anthyology like format of different romantic myths from various regions throughout the world. The title suggests it is erotic, but I'm not sure I would label it as erotic, however it does have sexual references.
Jo
A collection of stories from around the world, retelling various myths and legends that are related to eroticism and sensualism. Some I'd heard before but overall it was an interesting look at the views and values of (mostly) ancient civilisations
A.R. Jarvis
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was awful. Never mind the fact that I strongly doubt the tales were actually original, it was poorly written and not terribly anything except terrible.
Carly Johnson
This is a compilation of myths from around the world that involve love and romance. In no way is this EROTIC reading by any means in the modern day sense.
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always refreshing to read reminders from the sex-positive past. The Arousal of Inanna was a particularly great story, especially her first song. Checked it out from the UCLA library (YRL).
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I don't know.......hmmmmmm....... I didn't find these stories too compelling.
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