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

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I believe, deep in my heart, that everyone who has attended high school in the past twenty to thirty years or so (in the United States, at least) owned a ratty, most likely used copy of this work at one time or another.

What also made this easy to listen to are the clear chapter headings stated at the beginning of each chapter – this sounds obvious, but having listened to a few non-fiction audiobooks this doesn’t always happen, where then I have to keep checking my device to see what chapter was playing to be less lost.

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). Vívida nas descrições que faz, deixa perpassar a paixão que sente em cada linha que escreve, tormando a leitura dos seus livros dinâmica e entusiasmante. Well, I am just trying to be a gracious hospitable host allowing my foreigner friends happy during their visit. 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.

And the way Hamilton glazes over it—gods forever “grabbing” or “with” women who are then hiding in caves, pregnant—is, at this point in my life and in human history, unsettling to me. I would like to give this book five stars for its really complete and fairly narrated Greek mythos, but since it leaves out the whole rest of the world (except as above), I can only give two stars at most.

This exciting new deluxe, large-format hardcover edition, published in celebration of the book's 75th anniversary, will be beautifully packages and fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned four-color art, making it a true collector's item.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, written by American author Edith Hamilton and first published in 1942, is a comprehensive overview of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. 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. So far I've read Norse Gods and the Adventures of Odysseus for my Myth course at Uni and they're really helping my wider reading without bogging me down in excessive reading. Well, the first few stories were a bit tedious but it was a foundation that helped me understand the other tales so it wasn’t much of a big deal to me. I do admit to feeling offended, almost, that this amazing body of Norst myth should be included as an afterthought in 20 pages of a book nearly 470 main pages long, leaving out all the things that make the Norse world view make so much sense.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).

Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Among many other things, she was partly responsible for the Fall of Troy and wholly responsible for sending Hercules insane, resulting in the murder of his wife and children.I was pleased to see the Volsungasaga included, since it is so often replaced by the Nibelungenlied (the Germanic version of Sigfried and his messed up love life), but then as I read it I found to my dismay: "The story of Siegfried is so familiar that that of his Norse prototype Sigurd can be briefly told. I haven't attempted Ovid or Hesiod, but this is where I would undoubtedly start whenever decide to do so. Aside from the fact that I am probably just too dumb and too uncultured to truly enjoy this thing to it's full capacity. and fits the fairytale mode with how Psyche finds a perfect love with Cupid but after losing him is put through a series of trials to be reunited with Cupid, and live happily ever after.

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