Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

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For over sixty 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, Edith Hamilton's classic collection not only retells these stories with brilliant clarity but shows us how the ancients saw their own place in the world and how their themes echo in our consciousness today. An essential part of every home library, Mythology is the definitive volume for anyone who wants to know the key dramas, the primary characters, the triumphs, failures, fears, and hopes first narrated thousands of years ago-and still spellbinding to this day. Monsters, mortals, gods, and warriors.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2011, c1969.
Edition: 1st mass market oversize ed.
ISBN: 9780446574754
Branch Call Number: 292.13 Ham
Characteristics: 495 p. : ill., geneal. tables ; 19 cm.


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Mythology was a really good book! Really entertaining yet educational. It's kind of boring and when I look at the cover, I just need to read it, I always think about things in that book. Three words about it, good, educational, and detailed.

-Kevin, 9

Jun 15, 2015

Summer Reading Homework!!!

Feb 26, 2015

When I looked up this book I thought it might have a bunch of different mythologies but actually it only covers Greek and Roman which are almost the same thing and a little bit of Norse. Plus I know in order from least to greatest Norse , Greek and Egyptian and Roman are about equal. Also all the stories are poems and hard to understand.

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

I have to talk about this book on two levels. On the first level is considering the book as a collection of paraphrases of Greek and Roman mythology. On this level, it's a perfectly adequate book and serves as a decent reference source for a reader that might run across allusions to Theseus, Ariadne, or Agamemnon in other readings. Hamilton covers a wide breadth of myths in relatively brief space and keeps the language at a level that makes it comprehensible for a non-academic.The second level is about the tone Hamilton uses when she talks about myths, writers, and Norse mythology as a whole. It is not good. She comes across as condescending, pretentious, and superior, and for reasons that escape me, includes "the important parts" of Norse mythology in just 10 pages or so. In talking about one Greek writer, she describes him as "boring, but less boring in this tale." A lot of this is likely the product of this book being originally published in 1942 but the lack of cultural relativism drove me a little crazy. My view of the book is particularly tainted by this as the Norse mythology section is at the end and this approach of Hamilton's is in strongest evidence there. If you're looking for a decent reference source on Greek mythology, this isn't bad to get the gist of the myths, but don't look at it for criticism of the literature.

Sep 03, 2012

According to the author notes Edith died 4 years before she was born?

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2012

GREAT source on the subject!


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