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Mythology (original 1942; edition 1998)

by Edith Hamilton

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Title:Mythology
Authors:Edith Hamilton
Info:Back Bay Books (1998), Paperback, 512 pages
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Mythology by Edith Hamilton (1942)

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This is a great book if you are interested in Greek and Roman mythology. Hamilton does an excellent job of combining a great deal of information from a great deal of sources into one book. The only critique I have about this book is that I really did not like how she set up the Norse section. It felt like an afterthought and her tone when describing it was very dismissive. Her writing on the subject felt like something she wasn't actually interested in, but her editor or something made her include the section anyway. Other than this, Hamilton's book is a perfect condensed version of a complex system of Greek and Roman mythological stories. ( )
  CareBear36 | Mar 8, 2014 |
This was really disappointing, in a most annoying way.
It reads like a lecturer's personal precis for a selection of myths, predominantly ancient Greek and Roman (with a short aside into Norse).

The damningly frustrating aspect is the ambiguous and inconsistent voice of the writer. In each paragraph you are left with few clues as to whether you are actually reading the myth, reading a summary of the myth, or reading the writer's commentary on the myth and related circumstances.

In short, maybe a good cram guide if you need to regurgitate a few facts in short order, but it fails to impart true and reliable knowledge and understanding. A complete waste of time. ( )
  pratalife | Feb 9, 2014 |
a collection of the most classic roman and greek mythology by the most renouned author edith hamilton! ( )
  schenk2 | Dec 11, 2013 |
Edith Hamilton is marvellous in her retelling of the ancient Classical myths. Great book. ( )
  ecuddy | Dec 3, 2013 |
-the first reference book for classical mythology and the Norse myths ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 28, 2013 |
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Of old the Hellenic race was marked off from the barbarian as more keen-witted and more free from nonsense - Herodotus I
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Greek and Roman mythology is quite generally supposed to show us how the human race thought and felt untold ages ago.
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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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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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