Bulfinch's Mythology

Bulfinch's Mythology

eBook - 2014
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Can't keep all your gods and goddesses straight? Wondering about mythological references in classic literature? Bulfinch's Mythology offers approachable accounts of ancient legends in a compilation of the works of Thomas Bulfinch, banker and Latinist. This volume includes all three of Bulfinch's original titles: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and The Legends of Charlemagne. Bulfinch states his purpose for the book clearly: 'Our work is not for the learned, nor for the theologian, nor for the philosopher, but for the reader of English literature...who wishes to comprehend the allusions so frequently made by public speakers, lecturers, essayists, and poets, and those which occur in polite conversation.' This compilation was widely used as the authoritative text on mythology in schools for over a century. Lexile score: 1190L
Publisher: [United States] : Thunder Bay Press : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 9781626862777
162686277X
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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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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