- Title: Mythology
- Author: Edith Hamilton Steele Savage
- ISBN: 9780316341141
- Page: 414
- Format: Hardcover
The world renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.Edith Hamilton s mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquitThe world renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.Edith Hamilton s mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas We discover the origins of the names of the constellations And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry from Freud s Oedipus complex to Wagner s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O Neill s Mourning Becomes ElectraBoth a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, Mythology is a classic not to be missed.
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This is the second in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology The books included in this comparative evaluation are Bulfinch s Mythology Modern Library Paperback Edition, 2004 Mythology by Edith Hamilton originally published in 1942 Back Bay Books edition of 1998 The Greek Myths by Robert Graves Penguin Books combined edition, 1992 Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab Pantheon Books, copyright 1946 Don t Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C Davis Harper Co [...]
This book makes me feel smarter, says my GR friend in her review of this book I worked the same for me.Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies are so old because they have been in existence thousands and thousands of years even before Christ was born No wonder that many literary works have been based on them Even the names of the planets and the stars Even the names of my, mortal as they are, relatives and friends I have a nephew by a cousin in Canada whose name is Hector but he does not write storie [...]
Edith Hamilton may have written Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes than a half century ago and she may have been fairly ancient when she did so, but she still put out one seriously readable book Hamilton took from the best sources to cobble together slick summaries of all your old time myth favorites Before giving each mythical story s highlights, she details the different writers who created a version of it and explains the qualities of the best ones Sometimes she berates the lesser a [...]
Hm I declared August History Month and read, amongst various others, Bulfinch s Mythology of which I was quite disappointed In my research of his work and how it came to be I found a reference to this book by Edith Hamilton, who superseded Mr Bulfinch in most classrooms Thus I read this book in an attempt to find a better written encyclopedia Unfortunately, I did not succeed To clarify this book IS better written than the one by Mr Bulfinch One reason is that Edith Hamilton was a scholar She was [...]
This book is very hard to classify Doesn t the title make you think World Mythology Well, if it did, you would be wrong I bought this book, looking forward to especially a female viewpoint of comparative mythology from various different countries around the world What I got was an extremely thorough set of retellings with impeccably named sources by Hamilton of virtually every classical Greek and Roman myth ever told , with the very strange inclusion of approximately 20 pages of Norse myths I do [...]
I believe, deep in my heart, that everyone who has attended high school in the past twenty to thirty years or so in the United States, at least owned a ratty, most likely used copy of this work at one time or another This book has been on the required reading list of so many schools that nearly everyone has seen it, owned it, and opened it at least twice.This is one only two such books I still have, 15 years out of high school this and Strunk and White This is a good book to have lying around th [...]
Only made it to page 180, but someday I ll finish it In the meantime, some paintings of a few myths I did read John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus, in which Echo who can only echo what other people say fails to save Narcissus from drowning himself while admiring his own wonderful visage Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son, in which the titan Saturn eats all his children so that they won t be the death of him.Peter Paul Rubens, Leda and the Swan, in which a woman is raped by Zeus [...]
You can never forget your first love.
I remember reading this over and over when I was in high school, just for my own pleasure Then I got to college, and took an actual mythology class, and the first thing the professor said was, I hope you all haven t been reading junk like Edith Hamilton What Well, most of his problem was with those bite sized little rundowns of the myths, which is what I liked about it It s a nice survey of Greek mythology, an introduction, if you will There are a few inaccuracies, and she barely mentions things [...]
This book, aside from fairy tales, has introduced me to the world beyond our reach I first had this book because back in high school, we were required to read it I never really understood back then why it seemed that I was one of the few who enjoyed reading this and majority of our class despised having to be given the assignment to read it I always found it entertaining Well, the first few stories were a bit tedious but it was a foundation that helped me understand the other tales so it wasn t [...]
Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies have affected our modern cultures than we might like to admit Those mythologies were used as means to explain the environment in which humankind lived, the natural phenomena they witnessed and the passing of time and seasons Mythology has catalyzed the emergence of a rich and profound body of artistic works In fact, this exactly peaked my interest in mythology in the first place Here are some of my favs The titan Saturn eats all of his sons in fear of their p [...]
A refresher in the Greek and Roman gods, in preparation for reading some classic literature later in the year.
This is a book I ve had sitting on my shelves for a long time, and one I ve flipped through several times to look up references from other books, titles, movies I was finally encouraged to read the entire thing from having read Jesmyn Ward s Salvage the Bones, in which the 14 year old protagonist reads Mythology and makes comparisons to her own life, comparisons based mainly on the story of Jason and Medea One of my own personal favorites, as well, because Medea is a wickedly delicious character [...]
My battered old copy of this book has been around it may have been required reading for my father back in high school Anyway, I finally got around to reading it and the odd thing is that I should have read it years ago In fact this should have been required reading in my high school, and also in freshman English in college Because the stories here are referred to so much in literature, the names of the gods and lovers and warriors herein ring down through the centuries with such frequency that a [...]
I have mixed feelings about the whole thing On one hand, I didn t like the practice of Hamilton retelling only the myths that she enjoyed, rather than using the most wildly accepted version of the stories or combining the different stories into one retelling I also didn t understand the point of the Norse mythology at the end, after than ninety percent of the book was dedicated to Greek and Roman mythology it was a little jarring, and very unnecessary But on the other hand, the book was well wr [...]
Edith Hamilton was probably how I discovered mythology myself I have an old tattered paperback copy of this which helped guide me through the Odyssey and the Iliad I haven t attempted Ovid or Hesiod, but this is where I would undoubtedly start whenever decide to do so.
This was an excellent book over Greek mythology as well as some Roman and a little bit of Norse mythology as well It was a great review of the stuff I already knew and I learned many new things too Even if you have never picked up anything about Greek mythology or don t know much about it, you can still understand this book I think it s a good book for those just starting to learn about the myths Definitely recommended to the myth lovers
Read this for English class For greek mythology lovers like me, it gave quite a good explanation of numerous myths and clarifies the big pictures of Norse, Roman, and Greek mythology A bit too heavy to read in one sitting, but an excellent reference for fans of the genre I wouldn t say this is a must read, but definitely beneficial for a devoted reader.
An interesting book about mostly Greek and Roman mythology I would have rated this higher but I had a big mythology phase in elementary school so I actually knew many of the stories, though they were very well written I think this is a great miniature course in mythology for anyone who is interested and doesn t already know a lot about mythology.
Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with an obvious passion and this classic compendium is her tribute Her Mythology tell the Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes of classical mythology and this volume, first written in 1942, is now a timeless classic itself This was the first book of mythology that I ever read and it is still the best I still have that much worn, much loved paperback on my book shelves that later in life inspired me to read other myths of other times and places.Hamilton [...]
I love this classic collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology It has many negatives, but I still have an affection for it because I read it during a formative period in my life I find it relatively readable not true of most mythology guides written for adults Hamilton does a certain amount of commenting on the major sources from which she draws the myths Therefore it s a great way to follow threads back through the actual sources many other mythological guides don t reference their sources [...]
This is a scholarly, but very readable presentation on Greek mythology In fact, this story really added to my love of the Greek myths It doesn t spare the reader the darker aspects, so be warned I would give this book to a good reader of 8 or years of age, if they were unfamiliar with the Greek myths Probably would leave Bulfinch for an older reader.
It took me an awful long time to finish this one up, but it is a reference book rather than a novel Still, I feel like I have accomplished something and hope to do a little better on the mythology questions during trivia nights This is definitely a book that I will refer back to again and again.
Confession I started this book over ten years ago I had three short stories to read to finish it and I completely forgot about it Today, I completed these short stories, and as a result, I have conquered the book I loved as a child This is the perfect introductory book for anyone who wants to know about Roman, Greek or Norse mythology Hamilton shares various stories in a very simple, and yet, entertaining way For me, there s a lot of nostalgia connected with this book I was gifted it, and I fel [...]
The problem I have reviewing this is that it s about what you might expectwell, what I expected It s slightly formal, simplified, cleaned up, but fun and generally folk tale like versions of the main Greek myths There is also a short section in the end on Norse mythology In her introduction, she tells us mythology was like science Greek mythology is largely made up of stories about gods and goddesses, but it must not be read as a kind of Greek Bible, an account of the Greek religion According to [...]
A decent TL DR of Homer, Heisod, Ovid, and other greek and roman poets and playwrights There s some good scholarly compiling work done here but I question the worth of it It s mostly a professionally done entry It s easy to skip half of it for just being synopses of stories you could, and really should, read in the original A five page description of the Oresteia is no substitute for reading the Oresteia, a twenty page telling of The Odyssey is no substitute for The Odyssey If you re interested [...]
This work gave me entry into the world of myth as a highschool student My English teacher assigned it as a reference book to use when we were reading poetry and drama Without it I would not have understood important references But when I looked back at this book years later, having suggested it to a students, I realized that the versions of the myths Hamliton used were less complex, less gender balanced, and less universal than the myths I had come to know through other sources So, while I value [...]
Literature and poetry that are based on mythology are in abundance in pretty much every era, it is only the method of approaching the myth that differentiates the well writ and the mediocre In this book, Hamilton is basically offering a collection of Greek mythology and little Norse mythology in a style that is similar to bed time stories Only in her introduction and briefly within the myth itself does she offer deep insights or some sort of analysis However, this book was still an enjoyable rea [...]
Love, however, cannot be forbidden The that flame is covered up, the hotter it burns Also love can always find a way It was impossible that these two whose hearts were on fire should be kept apart Pyramus and Thisbe A great book to understand the whole Greek and Roman mythology It is a great help to one of my classes because it provides analysis and snippets of the real story I like the briefness and conciseness of it all.
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