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

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

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

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There are a ton of stories here so just pace yourself and don’t overwhelm yourself as there are a lot of names. 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 Electra. My copy of Odyssey (translated by Samuel Butler) does use archaic language and I can live with that. I also enjoyed how the author included different versions of the tales and who originally wrote these down- for example, there are different versions of Jason on the Argo, whether Atalanta was part of the Argo or not and a different tale of Ipigneia’s demise (which I especially loved as her story was so sad!

This is not the fault of the book, it’s just the way these myths are, where there are loads of them that are not connected to a myth that is part of bigger story, for example one of the families like the House of Thebes. Her father began teaching her Latin when she was seven years old and soon added Greek, French, and German to her curriculum. I read my way through Hamilton's stories of the gods in no time flat, and then re-read the book several more times. Some of the tales have a really insidious tone that I think could make for some chilling cinematics. May I dream a most splendid dream in which my lips meet those of the blessed Aphrodite herself, only to awaken and find, in horror, that I am merely tongue-wrestling the three heads of Cerberus!I have this now on Kindle, I come across this book constantly referenced in other books, so got my own copy. Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Primeiro pensei lê-lo como preparação para o curso, depois imaginei que lhe daria uso obrigatório na licenciatura, e a dada altura percebi que, até aos dias de hoje, nunca terminei um livro que fosse forçada a ler.

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. But I think that none of those girls exhibit wisdom, reason and chastity that are the virtues of the goddess their place of work was named after. I listened to the audio of this book during my work commutes, and I liked it because it was a bunch of stories so I didn't have to keep track of a lot. Reading this you get to understand the culture of the Greeks, what they believed in and the values of these stories. 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.It does everything it intends, being the perfect primer, before delving into the primary text of Greek Mythology. Now, my son has had his interest sparked in mythology through the Percy Jackson books, so he is now deep into the world of myth. It is a shame since the writing style was much more engaging but it wouldn't be right to rate it any higher. So, as is always true when an author is telling and not showing, it’s a bit dry, especially concerning the subject matter (though she does reserve the right to occasionally be sarcastic or even humorous). A little naive maybe, however, given this and the irrevocably atrocious acts of each and every member of the Greek Pantheon, I suggest that there are, in fact, no Gods in Greek Mythology, only reflections of vastly more powerful versions of ourselves, unmasking and exposing all of our most unfavourable attributes.

I'm not qualified to give a scholarly opinion on the book, but I would liked to have read more on the Norse Gods. Likewise, some of those literary things are more obvious ( Till We Have Faces as the retelling of Cupid and Psyche) and some more subtle (the guard dog, Fluffy, in Harry Potter, sharing some important characteristics and plot-points with Cerberus, the guard dog of Hades). I love that I read this, because it definitely taught me that a lot of things I thought I knew about mythology was totally incorrect.The beginning starts with a great essay describing the impact of these mythologies and then talks about major Gods before telling us the stories.

Doutora honoris causa de várias universidades e devota dos ideais clássicos, Hamilton tornou-se, aos noventa anos de idade, cidadã honorária da cidade de Atenas. Hamilton took from the best sources to cobble together slick summaries of all your old time myth favorites. 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. Indeed this book from the 40s gives a superb view of Greek Mythology (includes also Roman and Norse).One that stood out was the Wine God, Dionysus, and his Bacchantes/Maenads (Wine-maddened/berserker women). For 75 years readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the thrilling, enchanting, and fascinating world of Western mythology-from Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom. Mais de mil anos antes de Cristo, na orla da extremidade oriental do Mediterrâneo, havia uma grande cidade muito rica e poderosa, sem rival à superfície da Terra. Does Edith Hamilton not care that the prototype is more important than the bastardized version invented by Germanic peoples?



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