Bulfinch's Mythology

Bulfinch's Mythology

Book - 2004
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"For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known. The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood. The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement."" -- from publisher's website.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2004.
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780375751479
0375751475
Branch Call Number: 398.2 Bul
Characteristics: xxiii, 862 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Manguel, Alberto

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AL_TARINA Feb 16, 2017

An outstanding and thorough guide to Western mythology, legend, and lore. Split into three sections, this book covers "The Age of Fable", "The Age of Chivalry", and "The Legends of Charlemagne". Bulfinch does a masterful job of both retelling the tales as well as elucidating on them. A must read for any avid or amateur folklorist.

The most useful part of this book is probably its wide range of myths from creation to romance. For a more detailed account about the exploits of Greek and Roman deities, I would recommend reading Edward Tripp's mythology or Edith Hamilton's edition.

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Brisingr2000
Aug 20, 2013

Not the best page turner, but it had lots of good info that I didn't know before.

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Bulfinch's mythology complies a fundamental understanding of the mythology long since abandoned in the pagan religions of ancient Greece and parts of ancient Rome. Knowing how the gods took over the titans and how mortals dared to question their divine superiors conveys an epic story line for themes still present in modern literature.

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"They religions of ancient Greece and Rome] belong now not to the department of theology, but to those of literature and taste."

~ T. Bulfinch

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