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The Heroes (1856)

by Charles Kingsley

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Good translation, well-written for the intended audience. The later tales drag a bit, but this is a good entry point into Greek mythology.
  BK138 | Feb 13, 2013 |
In the Gowans's Books for the Young, this has a surreal kind of front cover design. Spooky.
  jon1lambert | Jan 29, 2011 |
Charles Kingsley had a great admiration for the ancient Greeks, he wanted to share that with his children and so he wrote this book. His children were very young at the time, and the time was the late 1800s. All these things must be taken into account if you are going to read this book. The myths are toned down and all objectionable bits removed (except for the killing bits). At times there is moralizing and a condescending tone, which grates on our modern ears. That being said, it is still a very nice introduction into the Greek myths for young children. This particular edition is nice for teaching, as it has lots of interesting facts about the culture, history, archaeological finds and the nature of myths themselves at the end, and throughout there are illustrations copied from bits of vases and vocabulary words in the margins. It also includes the author's original preface at the end, which personally, I would skip. That is where the tone is the most grating. ( )
  MrsLee | Sep 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486448541, Paperback)

The inspiring adventures and deeds of three great heroes spring to vivid life. One of the Victorian age's most brilliant storytellers recounts Perseus' quest to slay the Medusa; Jason and the Argonauts' search for the Golden Fleece; and Theseus' encounter with the deadly Minotaur. 60 illustrations.

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Presents the adventures of Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, and Theseus.

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