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  1. says:

    4 StarsWow So this took me almost a full year to get through And no I'm not actually joking shocking I know GR says I started this in Augustof 2018 But what can I say Aside from the fact that I am probably just too dumb and too uncultured to truly enjoy this thing to it's full capacityI'm also not a pretentious asshole who is going to pretend I lurved it to pieces just to look smart And no I am not suggesting anyone who says they love this is a liar One of my BBF GR buds Ana O really does love this But she's also way smarter and interesting than me so there's that Don't get me wrong though I really enjoyed the book as a whole especially the stunning artwork as I'm a sucker for pretty pictures but not gonna lie I got confused by all the names and incest and relationships a lot 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 But I digress 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 But that's what happens when you trust the accuracy of Hollywood Marvel and Percy Jackson as applied to REAL mythology My bad I also love knowing that I now have this beautiful book on my shelves for future reference So I consider this a win and I'm glad I thoughtfully read every page instead of rushing through it Thanks Ana for the recommendation

  2. says:

    This book is considered as a classic for a reason And I just wanted to say that this edition is GORGEOUS Please BUY IT I promise that it'll look as AMAZING on your shelves as it does on mine D PS These beautiful photos aren't mine ;

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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 areBulfinch's Mythology Modern Library Paperback Edition 2004Mythology by Edith Hamilton originally published in 1942; Back Bay Books edition of 1998The Greek Myths by Robert Graves Penguin Books combined edition 1992Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab Pantheon Books copyright 1946Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C Davis Harper Collins 2005Myths of the Ancient Greeks by Richard P Martin New American Library 2003Goodreads is not really set up to handle comparative reviews smoothly so the discussion is split across the six book reviews Thus I've tried to evaluate each book on its own particular merits and also give some idea of how it stacks up relative to the others I based the comparative evaluation on three main general criteria readability accuracy and scope breadth and depth of coverage; I also looked at how each book handled two particular examples the life of Hercules and the story of Philomela and Procne More details about the comparison can be found in the introduction to the first review Bulfinch evaluation One of the problems in this whole undertaking is that some of the books on the list are acknowledged to be classics which makes it harder to review them objectively You end up second guessing yourself maybe the classic status is causing you to be unduly deferential Or maybe you're overcompensating by being too meanOne thing became clear to me as I read these books Although the myths remain unchanged the way that we think about them has evolved considerably over the last 150 years This is one reason why the bowdlerized myths presented to us by Bulfinch in which each story is rendered moribund by being stripped of all reference to sex violence or any hint of unpleasantness are so unsatisfactory to a 21st century reader Fortunately Edith Hamilton is no prude Her enthusiasm for the stories in Mythology is evident throughout the book At times she comes across as a woman on a mission her conviction about the importance of these myths in Western culture is so passionate that she is determined to spread the message to a broader audience She is scrupulous about identifying her source materials on this point Bulfinch is sadly dilettante than scholar She knows how to structure a narrative Her prose is clear and reasonably accessible slightly dated but largely unburdened by archaic language or academic jargon Mythology even comes with a bunch of nifty illustrations done by someone with the improbable name of Steele Savage with a great fondness for winged horses apparently Though her first book wasn't published until she was in her sixties her work achieved great popular success Book of the Month Club selection in 1957 honorary citizenship of Athens a highly laudatory obit in the New York Times when she finally died at age 95 what's not to love?To sum up the points in its favor Hamilton does well on the three basic criteria accessibility credibility extent of coverage the writing is clear she is commendably rigorous about sourcing and there are no glaring gaps in the extent of coverage Both of my test myths were covered well; the story of Procne and Philomela particularly so The family trees for the major Gods and important families of mortals are a really useful featureI wish that I liked Mythology better But I have no great love for this book That 3rd star was given only because I felt obliged to acknowledge her superiority to Bulfinch But for me the book has an inescapable Reader's Digest feel to it Yeah the writing is clear It's adeuate but never than that it never takes off even in those obvious places where you think it must I know this is an unfair comparison but earlier in the month I had been reading Oscar Wilde's stories for children as well as some of Kipling's poetry and I kept waiting for Hamilton to dazzle me even just a little bit But she never did And those nifty illustrations? Cheesy beyond belief It's not just the over representation of winged steeds there's also way too much use of the threatening dark thundercloud effect and the human figures are invariably depicted as shrieking heavenward as they shake their evidently double jointed limbs in panic Finally it should be noted that Hamilton's retelling of the Greek myths is based solely on her study of the classical literature she had never been to Greece and had no archaeological experience Examination of myth from an anthropological or psychological perspective is also absent There is about a page of rambling prose in the introduction in which the words myth religion and Nature appear together prominently but no coherent thesis is advanced Sometimes Hamilton is opinionated to a fault Intelligence did not figure largely in anything he did and was often conspicuously absent about HerculesThe terrifying irrational has no place in classical mythology Magic is almost nonexistent Ghosts never appear on earth in any Greek storyI don't really mind if she disses Hercules but her gratuitous dissing of my boy Ovid really didn't win her any points All in all reading Mythology was not as much fun as I had expected I'm not sure that it deserves to be considered a true classic

  4. says:

    Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes Edith HamiltonEdith 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 antiuity to the present We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla 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 of art literature and cultural inuiry from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra عنوانها س‍ی‍ری‌ در اس‍اطی‍ر ی‍ون‍ان‌ و رم‌؛ اس‍طوره‌ه‍ای‌ ی‍ون‍ان‌ و روم‌؛ افسانه های بی زمان؛ ن‍ویسنده‌ ادی‍ت‌ ه‍م‍ی‍ل‍ت‍ون‌؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هفتم ماه سپتامبر سال 2008میلادیعنوان س‍ی‍ری‌ در اس‍اطی‍ر ی‍ون‍ان‌ و رم‌؛ ن‍ویسنده‌ ادی‍ت‌ ه‍م‍ی‍ل‍ت‍ون‌؛ مت‍رج‍م ع‍ب‍دال‍ح‍س‍ی‍ن‌ ش‍ری‍ف‍ی‍ان‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران اس‍اطی‍ر، 1376 در 442ص؛ چاپ سوم 1387؛ در 438ص؛ چاپ چهارم در 440ص؛ شابک 9789645960122؛ موضوع اساطیر یونان و رم سده 20معنوان اس‍طوره‌ه‍ای‌ ی‍ون‍ان‌ و روم‌؛ نویسنده ادی‍ت‌ ه‍م‍ی‍ل‍ت‍ون‌؛ مت‍رج‍م ح‍س‍ن‌ ق‍ائ‍م‌ م‍ق‍ام‍ی‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران ش‍ه‍ر ک‍ت‍اب‌، ه‍رم‍س‌ ک‍ی‍م‍ی‍ا، 1379؛ در 461ص؛ شابک 9647100019؛ عنوان افسانه های بی زمان؛ نویسنده ادی‍ت‌ ه‍م‍ی‍ل‍ت‍ون‌؛ مت‍رج‍م پريرخ صنيعی؛ تهران؛ روشنگران، 1387؛ در 473ص؛ شابک 978964856808؛نقل از مقدمه مترجم بانو پریرخ صنیعی کتاب «افسانه های بی زمان» یکی از کتابهای درسی دانشکده ی زبان و ادبیات انگلیسی دماوند بود، که در آن تحصیل میکردم؛ در کلاسها روی همه ی کتاب های ادبی به خصوص این کتاب بحث میشد و من همیشه از مفاهیم گیرای آن که در لفافه ی افسانه بیان میشد، لذت میبردم؛ اغلب بین عقاید پیشینیان و انسانهای امروز شباهتهایی مییافتم؛ امید به آینده و اینکه هر پدیده ای علتی و هر عملی عکس العملی دارد، برایم جالب بود؛ از همان زمان سال 1355هجری خورشیدی بعضی از داستانهای کتاب را ترجمه میکردم، و در دوره های ادبی که با دوستان داشتم، میخواندم؛ کم کم باتشویق آنان و خواست خودم، تصمیم گرفتم همه ی کتاب را ترجمه کنم؛ اما، انجام کار چیزی و چاپ آن چیزی دیگر بود؛ از سال 1369هجری خورشیدی، که تصمیم جدی به چاپ گرفتم، مدتها در نشر گردون، نشر شیوا، و نشر مرغ آمین، در انتظار چاپ ماند، تا سرانجام در سال 1386هجری خورشیدی، به لطف نشر روشنگران به چاپ رسید؛ اسامی شخصیتهای اسطوره ای برای همگونی از جلد اول دائره المعارف استاد «عبدالحسین مصاحب» استخراج شده است؛ به طور کلی اسامی با سه تلفظ در کتاب آمده است؛ یونانی، رومی و لاتین؛ در ترجمه ی آن به فارسی سعی شده اسامی به نوعی که بیشتر در فارسی مصطلح است، نوشته شود؛ ترجمه ی کتاب را به همسرم، دخترانم و پسرم روزبه مهرورز که از کودکی شیفته داستانهای اسطوره ای ایران و جهان بوده و نقاشیهایش اغلب در همین زمینه است، تقدیم میکنم»؛ پریرخ صنیعی؛ پایان نقلتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 11041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  5. says:

    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 bookHamilton 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 ualities of the best ones Sometimes she berates the lesser attempts and I appreciated the balance especially since she explains her critiue Now having said I have to note the caveat that this is not a scholarly work This is a summary a boiling down a sugar coating of a topic that frankly could have been presented in a much academic dry manner I'm glad it wasn't These are not cursory run throughs They're full of detail and color The main issue with a book with that title is that you expect a wide ranging survey of the topic This however is almost entirely about the Greek Myths The Roman versions are only mentioned because the Romans stole their myths wholesale from the Greeks Aside from that we get a very superficial mention of the Norse myths that takes up maybe the last 5% of the book Nothing else in all the rest of humanity is even slightly touched upon Disappointing But if you want an easy fun read on the Greek stuff this is the book for you

  6. says:

    This book makes me feel smarter says my GR friend in her review of this book I worked the same for meGreek 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 stories as his passion is on computers In the island where I grew up there was a boy named Apollo who was naked the whole day that I could see his wang dangling while we played and he oftentimes cried when he lost in our games and I thought that while reading this book he did not even have a slight semblance of the Greek god he was named after Along Roxas Boulevard there is a niteclub called Athena where I bring company male visitors if they are giving me hints that they would like to see naked dancing Filipinas Well I am just trying to be a gracious hospitable host allowing my foreigner friends happy during their visit 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 Maybe their freuent ordering of ladies drink while they reason that they are thirsty can be considered as wisdom but please pardon me if I don't comment about chastityMy favorite part is the Trojan War I know I know I have not read Homer's The Iliad and I am ashamed Prior to reading this book I thought that Troy is Brad Pitt This book taught me that Troy was a city and Brad Pitt's name in the movie should have been Achilles I was also amazed to learn that Perseus was really the one who severed Medusa's snake decorated head just like in Rick Rioldan's Percy Jackson and the Olympian's The Lightning Thief So Rioldan really stuck to the myth after allHamilton's re telling of those old myths is considerably interesting I just can't remember all those hard to pronounce many names However the knowledge that I got reading each story was really overwhelming This is really a book that needs to be read by everyoneThank you Atty Moniue for recommending this book to me You're such a smart lady and I am happy to be your friend Let's buddy read Bulfinch soon

  7. says:

    4 stars Basically this gif sums up most of Greek mythologyNot even kidding a little bitAnyways mythology is always something I was interested in and loved it's in so much of our everyday life still in the stories we tell and our history I know most of my real life friends read this in the 10th grade but my class read The Odyssey only and I've always meant to get to this book but didn't until nowI 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 Many stories were familiar some I had heard different versions and some I had never heard Hamilton while not indulging in graphic details does not shy away from some of the harsher aspects of these stories and I found myself making faces while listening I also really liked how Hamilton told the reader her sources on where she got these stories from and if from different writers how many years apart they wereI was a history major in college so this was fascinating to me I get that it's not for everyone but if you want to learn about mythology in general this is the book for youFollow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

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    Hm I declared August History Month and read amongst various others Bulfinch's Mythology of which I was uite 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 born in Dresden in 1867 but grew up in Connecticut and Pennsylvania where she also got her BA and MA degrees for which she won the Mary E Garrett European Fellowship Her father had begun teaching her Latin then French German and Greek when she was only 7 years old which probably was a factor in her interests later and her great scholarly success In 1895 she moved back to Germany with her sister to study humanities and classics at the university of Munich the then centre of classical studies Edith Hamilton and her sister were among the first women to audit classes her sister published an autobiography detailing their life in Germany even Originally her plan had been to earn a doctoral degree definitely not easy at the time but then she was persuaded to return to the US to become head of the recently opened Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls in Balti She never completed her doctoral degree but she did become an inspiring and respected head of the school for twenty six years bringing new ideas to an old systemOnly after retiring did she start to write books which explains why this book was published only when she was 62As she has said herself in some interviews her passion was for the Greeks which definitely shows in this book and is my main criticism This book is advertised as a source on mythology in general but it isn't The main body of work is about the Greeks added to by Roman mythology which mostly is adapted Greek mythology if we're being honest Almost as an afterthought she included only 20 pages of Norse mythology Nothing else is mentionedThe Greek parts are written very well and the author's passion for the subject is clear throughout Moreover she has a very clear structure missing a few myths nevertheless sigh All her knowledge came from classic literature; she has never been to Greece and never participated in archaeology Of course that isn't necessary in order to produce a good book but it shows that her views although she was a scholar were influenced and limited by the sources she readWhile 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 It's almost as bad as Bulfinch telling the readers which myths are Christian enough to be included and which had to be shortenedchanged for his genteel readers It is precisely the original stories I want to be told about or at least I want a thorough comparisonMoreover the one thing I expect at the very least from an encyclopedia of mythology is a good overview Such an overview MUST include immensely important classics like the Gilgamesh epos However this book does not Other cultures aren't even referenced If she had titled her book correctly I really wouldn't mind It's a nice book about the very much related mythology of the Greeks and the Romans However I really need to point this out again this is supposed to be a comprehensive work of mythology as a whole Sorry but this was just as disappointing as Mr 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 than Bulfinch's Mythology but as it is alas It is a shame since the writing style was much engaging but it wouldn't be right to rate it any higher

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    This is one of those books you hear about and then buy in a used bookstore and it languishes on your bookshelves for years until you finally pick it up and then you just end up thinking to yourself why didn't I pick this up sooner? Only it's also one of those books that really works better as a reference than as a book you sit down and read from cover to cover I read this book over the course of most of February in bits and pieces and it worked well that wayThis book is a classic for a reason 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 But my favorite bits were actually her little insights here and there into how the mythology was influenced by the historical culture of the times I loved when she took little digs at historical writers like Sophocles or Pliny or whoever There was this one guy whose name I'm forgetting at the moment whom you can tell she just despised but was too polite to say And this dude lived 2000 years or before she did HilariousShe spends the most time on Greek mythology; it seems to be her favorite And she made the claim in one of the intros that the Greeks' mythology was different from the others because reasons At that point I was like okay lady but maybe its just your favorite and you're kind of biasedAnyway definitely a valuable book to have on my shelvesRead Harder Challenge 2019 A book of mythology or folklore

  10. says:

    Pindar in the early fifth century tells the tale about the feast Tantalus made the gods and protests that it is not true The punishment of Tantalus is described often first in the Odyssey from which I have taken it Amphion's story and Niobe's I have taken from Ovid who alone tells them in full For Pelops winning the chariot race I have preferred Apollodorus of the first or second century AD who gives the fullest account that has come down The story of Atreus' and Thyestes' crimes and all that followed is taken from Aeschylus' Oresteia from the intro to chapter 17 The House of AtreusI was stressing out last night over trying to get a handle on the third part of Aeschylus' Oresteia The Eumenides I'd started reading the introductory material by the translator but it was so long so involved almost as if it were a postmodern retelling of the playWhat's displaying my ignorance here I was confused over the title of the play and some of the main protagonists of the play the Furies They are represented by a chorus pursuing Orestes for his murder of his mother But where does the title come from?I picked up some info somewhere in the edition I'm reading and finally realized that in the climactic section of the play the Furies are rebranded by Athena into the Eumenides a name that means Kindly Ones thus changing them from a group seeking revenge and retribution the old way that humans responded to murder to a group which provides a higher moral choice to human kind through the institution of justice But before I let it go I picked up Hamilton's book and checked out the index entries for Eumenides 248 and Furies see Erinyes so to Erinyes where among other entries was Orestes pursued by 246 248 which closed the circle Those three pages were near the end of an eighteen page chapter on the House of Atreus As I started looking through this to get to my point I realized that this chapter told the story of this house in a illuminating way than the somewhat overly cerebral mammoth introduction in my copy of OresteiaSo I thought I'd throw in these words about this uite wonderful book most of which I've never read in the decades that I've owned it basically having used it as a reference book As hinted above the book has a pretty detailed and very useful index There are drawings by Steele Savage some full page in my Mentor edition of sometime after 1970 which was at the time the forty fourth printed of Hamilton's book first printed in 1940 It is still in printIn the spoiler I've put the table of contents If you check it out you'll see the wonderful way that Hamilton has organized it And you'll see why the book isn't titled Greek Mythologyview spoilerIntroduction to Classical Myhtology The mythology of the Greeks The Greek and Roman Writers of MythologyPart One The Gods the Creation and the Earliest Heroes1 The Gods The Titans and the Twelve Great Olympians The Lesser Gods of Olympus The Gods of the Waters The Underworld The Lesser Gods of Earth The Roman Gods2 The Two Great Gods of Earth Demeter Ceres Dionysus or Bacchus3 How the World and Mankind WereCreated4 The Earliest Heroes Prometheus and Io Europa The Cyclops Polyphemus Flower Myths Narcissus Hyacinth AdonisPart Two Stories of Love and Adventure5 Cupid and Psyche6 Eight Brief Tales of Lovers Pyramus and Thisbe Orpheus and Eurydice Ceyx and Alcyone Pygmalion and Galatea Baucis and Philemon Endymion Daphne Alpheus and Arethusa7 The uest of the Golden Fleece8 Four Great Adventures Phaethon Pegasus and Bellerophon Otus and Ephialtes DaedalusPart Three The Great Heroes Before the Trojan War9 Perseus10 Theseus11 Hercules12 AtalantaPart Four The Heroes of the Trojan War13 The Trojan War Prologue The Judgement of Paris The Trojan War14 The Fall of Troy15 The Adventures of Odysseus16 The Adventures of Aeneas Part One From Troy to Italy Part Two The Descent Into the Lower World Part Three The War in ItalyPart Five The Great Families of Mythology17 The House of Atreus Tantalus and Niobe Agamemnon and His Children Iphigenia among the Taurians18 The Royal House of Thebes Cadmus and His Children Oedipus Antigone The Seven against Thebes19 The Royal House of Athens Cecrops Procne and Philomena Procris and Cephalus Orithyia and Boreas Creusa and IonPart Six The Less Important Myths20 Midas and Others Midas Aesulapius The Danaeds Glaucus and Scylla Erysichthon Pomona and Vertmnus21 Brief Myths Arranged AlphabeticallyPart Seven The Mythology of the NorsemenIntroduction to Norse Mythology22 The Stories of Signy and Sigurd23 The Norse Gods The Creation The Norse WisdomGENEALOGICAL TABLES The Principle Gods Descendants of Prometheus Ancestors of Perseus and Hercules Ancestors of Achilles The House of Troy The Family of Helen of Troy The Royal House of Thebes and the Atreidae The House of Athens hide spoiler

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Recognize reference points for countless works for art literature and culture inuiry 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 This is one of those books you hear about and then buy in a used bookstore and it languishes on The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) reference points for countless works for art literature and culture inuiry from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes ElectraBoth a Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy Mythology is a classic not to be missed This is one of those books you hear about and then buy in a used bookstore and it languishes on

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Of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiuity to the presentWe 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 Edith Hamilton may have written Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes than a half century