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Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav…

Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece

by Gustav Schwab

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Series: Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Ah yes - the Greek Myths. According to the introduction in this book, this is a book meant for reading, not accuracy. The author mixed the different versions of the stories from different regions to create what is in this book. So, the stories might not be the most accurate as to original content, but they are well written. The translation was well done, and I really enjoyed reading them.

Some stories I knew, but didn't know the full version (Pandora's Box, for example). Others were new to me. I found the re-telling of the Iliad to be a bit drawn out, but good to read. Its a story I haven't read before. The retelling of the Odyssey was nice re-read. Reading this version of it gave me a better understanding of the ancient world.

I highly recommend this book for people with an interest in Greek Mythology or students who are passed the Percy Jackson books and need something a bit heavier.

Highly Recommended. ( )
1 vote TheDivineOomba | Mar 6, 2015 |
Edition: // Descr: 701 p. // Series: Rowohlts Monographien 341 Call No. { } Originally published in 1837 // //
  ColgateGerman | Oct 26, 2012 |
Edition: // Descr: // Series: Call No. { } Shelved in Kade German Center, 116 Lawrence : Antike // //
  ColgateGerman | Oct 26, 2012 |
I used to read and reread this book over and over again as a kid. It's a bit outdated now, in terms of language -- a little too archaic, even for 2600 year old stories. But the approach is commendable: a a retelling of some of the best-known or most alluded-to ancient Greek myths, clustered according to theme or protagonist.

This version doesn't go very deep, but it doesn't intend to. It's a nice overview, and it gets the job done adequately. ( )
  Petroglyph | Sep 28, 2012 |
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Guggenmos, JosefContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, this collection of classic tales from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible vitality of a timeless cultural legacy.

Here are Icarus flying too close to the sun, mighty Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel, the Trojans and their wooden horse, brave Perseus and beautiful Andromeda, wandering Odysseus and steadfast Penelope. Their stories and the stories of the powerful gods and goddesses who punish and reward, who fall in love with and are enraged by the humans they have created, are set forth simply but movingly, in language that retains the power and drama of the original works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Homer. In Gustav Schwab’s masterful retelling, they are made accessible to readers of all ages.

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Schwab's retellings of stories about Prometheus, Zeus, Heracles, Odysseus, and other ancient Greek gods and heroes are based on close adherence to the original sources.

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