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

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Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son, in which the titan Saturn eats all his children so that they won't be the death of him. I wouldn’t recommend Stephen’s Fry retelling over this, to me, it doesn’t serve as a replacement but more of a complement. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. This also can serve as a good reference text when approaching Greek Myths, but still by itself it's quite engaging. Edith 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 antiquity to the present.

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 first read Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton when I was in high school. I bought this book, looking forward to (especially) a female viewpoint of comparative mythology from various different countries around the world. Hamilton's education continued at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which she graduated in 1894 with an M.This book tells many myths from lots of different myth systems very well, briefly but in great detail and the commentary isn't overbearing and rle imbues the tellings with a little spark.

It is unlikely that I read the entire thing, since it can be assigned in pieces and that is probably what my teacher did. They are my favourite, since they make between them almost a linear single story with cause-and-effect leading us from the creation of the world to its inevitable destruction.

Sometimes sentences are long and rambling and not well punctuated requiring them to be read several times before getting any sense of their meaning. I was happy to have the recommendation of Edith Hamilton's Mythology from my Goodreads friend, Beverly about a year ago, when I was looking for a book that would help me understand this subject better. Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, Mythology is a classic not to be missed. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes is a book written by Edith Hamilton, published in 1942 by Little, Brown and Company. May Poseidon thrust upon me an irrational desire to undertake coital alignment with a bovine beauty (a horny heifer/arousable angus/titillated toro, if you'd be so kind)!

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. Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Edith 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 antiquity to the present. Pentheus, a King of Thebes, questions Dionysus’ divinity and Dionysus satiates his need for vengeance by placing the women of Thebes into a Frenzy and, long-story-short, Pentheus’ Mother and Aunties tear him limb from limb only to be awakened from their frenzy to look in horror at what they’ve done.In fact, I’ll just come out and say it, if you read the dull little paperback version, you’re an inferior human being, it is what it is. There was once a king who had three daughters, all lovely maidens … Which sounds like Once upon a time there was a …. The introduction includes commentary on the major classical poets used as sources, and on how changing cultures have led to changing characterizations of the deities and their myths. From the extracts the textual content seems the same but where it seems to differ are the illustrations and the position of the Contents in the book. Moreover, the one thing I expect at the very least from an encyclopedia of mythology is a good overview.

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