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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes is a book written by Edith Hamilton, published in 1942 by Little, Brown and Company. I look up to it so much for being the root of letting me grow as a reader and aided me to open my eyes and mind to a world of vast imagination, creativity and foreign culture. 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. 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.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. And I am one of those people who will flip back to the family tree or index pages to refresh my memory - which is probably one of the many reasons why it took me so long to read this.Moreover, the one thing I expect at the very least from an encyclopedia of mythology is a good overview. The truth is, she could’ve excluded the final 20 pages and sold this solely as ‘Greek Mythology’ and I may have given it 5 stars. Hamilton's education continued at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which she graduated in 1894 with an M. Concerning how you approach it, is up to you but I will say this will be a valuable novel before heading towards Homer’s work.

Bulfinch's cuts and changes to myths which accounts for the low rating (if there was a half-star rating system here, it would get more than Bulfinch's Mythology but as it is .I was enjoying this so much that sometimes I wished more was explained on why different versions of the same myth exist, but liked how Edith Hamilton is not shy of making it clear which versions she prefers. 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. This book can be considered the best reference material for those interested in knowing more about mythology. Aside from the fact that I am probably just too dumb and too uncultured to truly enjoy this thing to it's full capacity.

As a preface, in the first half of the novel, I knew most of these stories, as I've read a longer account of those stories from Stephen Fry’s Mythology series which begins at the Beginning to Troy (so far). Aside from that, we get a very superficial mention of the Norse myths that takes up maybe the last 5% of the book. Since then, I’ve discovered that his thinking is not always well regarded, I don’t know enough to comment on this, but from the point of view of style I found this book by Edith Hamilton to speak plainly where I found it easier to follow the stories (as I was not continually left to connect the loose pieces or go back and connect it to another story_. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton's masterpiece--the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana.

I have this now on Kindle, I come across this book constantly referenced in other books, so got my own copy. I mean this in the sense that whatever your subjective idea of beauty is, that is the form in which the Gods should appear to you.

It's at once a primer on world mythology and a pretty exhausting compendium of pretty much any myth or godlike figure you'd want to know about (with an emphasis on western mythologies, which is a bit of a shame; I would have liked to see what Hamilton would have had to say about eastern myths, or African ones). While I was pleased to see that Hamilton had included the Volsunga saga in the chapter about Norse mythology (in many books it is replaced by the Nibelungenlied which was penned much later), she dismissed the saga by saying that the story is so well-known thanks to the Nibelungenlied that the original can be told briefly and THAT is an absolute no-go for me. All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you!

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