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Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Mythology (original 1942; edition 2013)

by Edith Hamilton

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Authors:Edith Hamilton
Info:Back Bay Books (2013), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 496 pages
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Mythology by Edith Hamilton (1942)

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Edith Hamilton provides a good overview of mythology and all the basics. This used to be required reading for 8th graders (to teach) but it has since been pushed to the side, which I was quite happy about. It's a bit much for 8th graders in many ways and there's a point where you have to put the book down and read some other things because it's one mythological tale after the other and quite dense. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 1, 2018 |
Hamilton's Mythology is perfectly usable as read aloud material for students, stories should be selected judiciously and teacher should prepare vocabulary word sheets from the text for younger readers- using it both to wet their feet in somewhat more advanced language as well as introducing them to the world of greek myth. As an introduction to mythology the primarily greek stories enclosed here are ideal for American students who will find many cultural allusions to these stories in later works that they read, or generally scattered throughout culture, it can also go well with classes on ancient history, which will almost always cover the greeks. I utilize Hamilton to avoid using significantly dumbed down or americanized material, the versions of these tales students are introduced to should be approaching the authentic.
  The-Magic-Sword | Apr 24, 2018 |

This re-telling of Greek (and some Roman and Norse) legends was apparently the classic school textbook of classical mythology for decades of American schoolchildren. I read only the first hundred pages (of 329), but I think it is enough to get a feel for it. In the introduction, she makes very large claims for the unique quality and modernity of Greek myth, where a similar collection today would stress the links with other neighbouring cultures and might also look at how this particular set of stories became elevated above others. The retelling of the actual stories is breezy enough, and jumps lightly over the amorous activities of Zeus. It’s pretty comprehensive, but I think my heart is still with Roger Lancelyn Green’s versions which have a little more bite to them, not having been written as a school text book. ( )
  nwhyte | Mar 25, 2018 |
This is one my my childhood favorites. I have a paperback copy that has accompanied me through life from age seven. ( )
  Neferemi | Oct 3, 2017 |
Upsides: Contains very many stories. Very clearly told. Hamilton mentions the primary sources she used for each myth (which ancient playwrights, authors, etc. she draws from).

Downsides: Hamilton can be terse, covering even very large stories such as the Odyssey in a few pages. There is little color or flavor to the events: things are stripped to the bare essence, for brevity.

Neutral: Hamilton includes her own commentary on how the myths illustrate or reflect her views of cultural development. I found the commentary neither significantly added to nor significantly detracted from the work. ( )
  jrissman | Jul 22, 2017 |
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A keystone of our culture is the body of myth and legend of the ancient Western world - stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present day.  In Mythology Edith Hamilton brings this legacy to life anew, with impeccably accurate and accessible retellings of eternally spellbinding tales.
We come to know the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We trace the dynasties of the Agamemnon and Oedipus dynasties, and get caught up in the fascination of such legends as Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and Medusa. 
We discover the origin of the names of the constellations in the skies and reference points for countless works of art, literature, and philosophy.
Edith Hamilton's highly acclaimed work has itself become a classic, an indispensable source of vast knowledge, insight and enjoyment.

Norse - p301 - 315, Several genealogies for the Gods
It may well be a good coverage of Greek, but w only 15 pages, it's not going to be more than a fast introduction to  Norse.
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Of Greek, Roman myths
Goddesses and gods, heroes
Plus a bit of Norse

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316341517, Paperback)

Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. "The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like," Hamilton explains in her introduction. "They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like--a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendents intellectually, artistically, and politically. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves." Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle- and high-school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature. --Gail Hudson

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A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths. Includes a brief section on Norse mythology.

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