Mythology

Mythology

Book - 1998
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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 antiquity to the present.

We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry-from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra

Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, Mythology is a classic not to be missed.

Publisher: Boston ; Toronto : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 1998, c1969
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780316341516
0316341517
Branch Call Number: 291.13/HAM 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Savage, Steele

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MasterHero12
Jun 15, 2015

Summer Reading Homework!!!

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Flora1Fauna2
Feb 26, 2015

When I looked up this book I thought it might have a bunch of different mythologies but actually it only covers Greek and Roman which are almost the same thing and a little bit of Norse. Plus I know in order from least to greatest Norse , Greek and Egyptian and Roman are about equal. Also all the stories are poems and hard to understand.

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

I have to talk about this book on two levels. On the first level is considering the book as a collection of paraphrases of Greek and Roman mythology. On this level, it's a perfectly adequate book and serves as a decent reference source for a reader that might run across allusions to Theseus, Ariadne, or Agamemnon in other readings. Hamilton covers a wide breadth of myths in relatively brief space and keeps the language at a level that makes it comprehensible for a non-academic.The second level is about the tone Hamilton uses when she talks about myths, writers, and Norse mythology as a whole. It is not good. She comes across as condescending, pretentious, and superior, and for reasons that escape me, includes "the important parts" of Norse mythology in just 10 pages or so. In talking about one Greek writer, she describes him as "boring, but less boring in this tale." A lot of this is likely the product of this book being originally published in 1942 but the lack of cultural relativism drove me a little crazy. My view of the book is particularly tainted by this as the Norse mythology section is at the end and this approach of Hamilton's is in strongest evidence there. If you're looking for a decent reference source on Greek mythology, this isn't bad to get the gist of the myths, but don't look at it for criticism of the literature.

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skiwi84
Sep 03, 2012

According to the author notes Edith died 4 years before she was born?

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2012

GREAT source on the subject!

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