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The Greek Myths: Complete Edition (1955)

by Robert Graves

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Series: The Greek Myths (1-2)

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Presents a collection of Greek mythology with classic tales about the creation, the residents of Olympia, and mythical heroes and heroines.
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I recommend this text for high school and college students exploring myths. It's superior to other Greek myth compilations because Graves includes a rich sourced retelling of the myth, but (and here's the kicker), he includes an explanatory section for each myth and a historical-anthropological reading of the myth — including a list of ancient sources. I feel like Graves is the antithesis to Joseph Campbell — because Graves doesn't use the archetype method to explain myths as part of a collective unconscious; instead, he relies on archaeological and evidence-based research to traces the origin of these tales. ( )
  greigroselli | Jun 4, 2024 |
A fancy edition that loses much of its value (to me, anyway) through the deletion of Graves' source notes.
  lidaskoteina | Feb 26, 2023 |
To round out my self-education of Ancient Greek history, along with "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", several history and philosophy books on the period, I also obtained 2 books on mythology- Robert Graves’ "The Greek Myths" and "Bulfinch’s Mythology" written by Thomas Bulfinch.

Although Bulfinch’s work has been described as “one of the most popular books ever published in the United States and the standard work on classical mythology for nearly a century”, I found it lacking in my particular area of interest. Of the Modern Library edition’s 857 pages, approximately 285 are dedicated purely to Greek mythology. The book also includes a vast range of other myths including a section on Hindu myths and Beowulf, several hundred pages on the Age of Chivalry (King Arthur, Lancelot, Tristram and Isoude), plus the adventures of Robin Hood. Bullfinch also provides several hundred pages on the Legends of Charlemagne.

Bulfinch uses the Latin/Roman names for Gods and Goddesses rather than the traditional Greek names, hence: Venus rather than Aphrodite, Ulysses rather than Odysseus, and Jupiter rather than Zeus, etc., etc. And if the reader has little previous knowledge of mythology, it appears unorganized and confusing. Bulfinch writes brief descriptions of various Gods and Goddesses, moving through time at a brisk pace, sharing anecdotes of interest, but he makes little sense of how the stories tie together. Also somewhat confusing, there are so many immortals, it boggles the mind how they all relate to one another.

Robert Graves’ "The Greek Myths" is also a book of great length. There are 782 pages plus a lengthy introduction… all narrowly limited to the Greek myths. Here you will find a lot more detail about each of the Gods and Goddesses, and the nice thing about Grave’s approach is that the immortals are introduced as they are born. He begins with the 4 original mythical variations.. introducing each God and Goddess as they enter the immortal world, providing details about their birthright, their nature, and their deeds. 50 pages are dedicated to explaining how the signs of the Zodiac evolved from the 12 labors of Heracles. Over 100 pages relate to the lives of the participants of the Trojan War- it’s causes, the outcome, and finishing with Odysseus’s return home from Troy to his native land of Ithaca.

Differing from Bulfinch’s Latin version, Graves uses the traditional names for all Gods and Goddesses. This coincides nicely with my editions of "The Iliad" and "The Odysseus" translated by Robert Fitzgerald which- unlike many other popular translations- also uses the more familiar Greek names.

In conclusion, if you are looking for general data on all myths throughout the ages, you might prefer "Bulfinch’s Mythology". Rated 3 Stars.

If you are strictly looking for information on Greek Mythology, go for Robert Graves‘ "The Greek Myths". Rated 5 Stars. ( )
2 vote LadyLo | Nov 20, 2015 |
The poet’s starting point in the Greek Myths is the change from matriarchal society to a patriarchal one as background for his retellings, which may have been inspired by the many years he passed at the Mediterranean island of Majorca.
  hbergander | Feb 15, 2014 |
I liked reading this book. I bought it as a part of an art history class, but I enjoyed the tales and provides great contexts to a lot of Ancient Greek and Western art. ( )
  Jen_Muller | Apr 7, 2013 |
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Graves, Robertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, GrahameIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gómez Parro, EstherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García Gual, CarlosForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gómez Parro, EstherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macdonald, RossCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLeish, KennethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The medieval emissaries of the Catholic Church brought to Great Britain, in addition to the whole corpus of sacred history, a Continental university system based on the Greek and Latin Classics. (From the Introduction)
Since revising The Greek Myths in 1958, I have had second thoughts about the drunken god Dionysus, about the Centaurs with their contradictory reputation for wisdom and misdemeanour, and about the nature of divine ambrosia and nectar. (From the Foreword)
In the beginning, Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, rose naked from Chaos, but found nothing substantial for her feet to rest upon, and therefore divided the sea from the sky, dancing lonely upon its waves.
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Presents a collection of Greek mythology with classic tales about the creation, the residents of Olympia, and mythical heroes and heroines.

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- Agamenón y Clitemnestra - Alcestis - Alcíone y Ceice - Antíope - Aristeo - Arión - Asclepio - Atamante - Atlante y Prometeo - Atreo y Tiestes - Auge - Belerofonte - Belo y las Danaides - Bóreas - Cadmo y Harmonía - Catreo y Altémenes - Cleobis y Bitón - Cénide y Ceneo - Desde las Simplégadas hasta Cólquide - Deyanira - Dédalo y Talos - Edipo - El Argo vuelve a Grecia - El Diluvio de Deucalión - El alfabeto - El asesinato de Apsirto - El asesinato de Ífito - El caballo de madera - El destronamiento de Crono - El jabalí de Calidón - El mito olímpico de la creación - El mito pelasgo de la creación - El nacimiento de Afrodita - El nacimiento de Atenea - El nacimiento de Eros - El nacimiento de Heracles - El nacimiento de Hermes, Apolo, Ártwmis y Dioniso - El nacimiento de Teseo - El regreso de Odiseo a su hogar - El reinado de Orestes - El saqueo de Troya - Endimión - Eos - Erecteo y Eumolpo - Ergino - Erígone - Escila y Niso - Europa y Cadmo - Fedra y Hipólito - Foroneo - Fílide y Caria - Ganimedes - Helio - Hera y sus hijos - Heracles en Traquis - Hesíone - Hilas, Ámico y Fineo - Ifigenia en Táuride - Ixión - Ión - La asamblea de los argonautas - La castración de Urano - La conquista de Élide - La federalización del Ática - La fundación de Troya - La ira de Aquiles - La locura de Heracles - La locura de Áyax - La muerte de Aquiles - La muerte de Pelias - La muerte de Teseo - La pacificación de las Erinias - La primera reunión en Áulide - La rebelión de los gigantes - La segunda reunión en Áulide - La toma de Pilos - La toma del vellocino - La venganza de los Orestes - Lamia - Las Empusas - Las Parcas - Las cinco edades del hombre - Las hijas de Tespio - Las mujeres lemnias y el rey Cícico - Las yeguas de Glauco - Leda - Lino - Los Alóadas - Los Dáctilos - Los Epígonos - Los Telquines - Los amores de Minos - Los dioses del mundo subterráneo - Los hijos de Equidna - Los hijos de Heleno - Los hijos de Hipocoonte - Los hijos de Pandión - Los hijos de Pasífae - Los hijos de Penélope - Los hijos del mar - Los mellizos rivales - Los mitos homérick y órfico de la creación - Los oráculos - Los oráculos de Troya - Los regresos - Los siete contra Tebas - Los trabajos de Teseo - Los viajes de Odiseo - Lápidas y Centauros - Medea en el desierto - Medea en Éfira - Melampo - Midas - Minos y sus hermanos - Narciso - Naturaleza y hechos de Afrodita - Naturaleza y hechos de Apolo - Naturaleza y hechos de Ares - Naturaleza y hechos de Atebea - Naturaleza y hechos de Deméter - Naturaleza y hechos de Dioniso - Naturaleza y hechos de Hefesto - Naturaleza y hechos de Hermes - Naturaleza y hechos de Hestia - Naturaleza y hechos de Pan - Naturaleza y hechos de Poseidón - Naturaleza y hechos de Ártemis - Nueves años de Guerra - Níobe - Orfeo - Orión - Paris y helena - Penélope y Enónano - Perseo - Pigmalión y Galatea - Salmoneo y Tiro - Sísifo - Telamón y Peleo - Tereo - Teseo en Creta - Teseo en el Tártaro - Teseo y Medea - Teseo y las Amazonas - Tifón - Tique y Némesis - Tántalo - Zagreo - Zeus y Hera - Zeus y Metis - Álope - Éaco - Ío - Ónfale - Primer trabajo: el león de Nemea - Segundo trabajo: la hidra de Lerna - Tercer trabajo: la cierva de Cerinia - Cuarto trabajo: el jabalí de Erimanto - Quinto trabajo: los establos de Augías - Sexto trabajo: las aves estinfálidas - Séptimo trabajo: el toro de Creta - Octavo trabajo: las yeguas de Diomedes - Noveno trabajo: el cinturón de Hipólita - Décimo trabajo: los bueyes de Geríones - Undécimo trabajo: las manzanas de Hespérides - Duodécimo trabajo: la captura de Cerbero
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