Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes {Pdf} Author Edith Hamilton

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For nearly seventy 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. This book is considered as a classic for a reason And I just wanted to say that this edition is GORGEOUS Please BUY IT I promise that it ll look as AMAZING on your shelves as it does on mine D PS These beautiful photos aren t mine

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Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

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 character. Edith Hamilton may have written Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes than a half century ago and she may have been fairly ancient when she did so but she still put out one seriously readable bookHamilton took from the best sources to cobble together slick summaries of all your old time myth favorites Before giving each mythical story s highlights she details the different writers who created a version of it and explains the ualities of the best ones Sometimes she berates the lesser attempts and I appreciated the balance especially since she explains her critiue Now having said I have to note the caveat that this is not a scholarly work This is a summary a boiling down a sugar coating of a topic that frankly could have been presented in a much academic dry manner I m glad it wasn t These are not cursory run throughs They re full of detail and color The main issue with a book with that title is that you expect a wide ranging survey of the topic This however is almost entirely about the Greek Myths The Roman versions are only mentioned because the Romans stole their myths wholesale from the Greeks Aside from that we get a very superficial mention of the Norse myths that takes up maybe the last 5% of the book Nothing else in all the rest of humanity is even slightly touched upon Disappointing But if you want an easy fun read on the Greek stuff this is the book for you

Edith Hamilton · 8 Free read

S the triumphs failures fears and hopes first narrated thousands of years ago and is still spellbinding to this dayEdith Hamilton is the acclaimed author of The Greek Way and The Roman Way which have been read by generations of readers around the world She was made an honorary citizen of Athens in 195. Hm I declared August History Month and read amongst various others Bulfinch s Mythology of which I was uite disappointed In my research of his work and how it came to be I found a reference to this book by Edith Hamilton who superseded Mr Bulfinch in most classrooms Thus I read this book in an attempt to find a better written encyclopedia Unfortunately I did not succeed To clarify this book IS better written than the one by Mr Bulfinch One reason is that Edith Hamilton was a scholar She was born in Dresden in 1867 but grew up in Connecticut and Pennsylvania where she also got her BA and MA degrees for which she won the Mary E Garrett European Fellowship Her father had begun teaching her Latin then French German and Greek when she was only 7 years old which probably was a factor in her interests later and her great scholarly success In 1895 she moved back to Germany with her sister to study humanities and classics at the university of Munich the then centre of classical studies Edith Hamilton and her sister were among the first women to audit classes her sister published an autobiography detailing their life in Germany even Originally her plan had been to earn a doctoral degree definitely not easy at the time but then she was persuaded to return to the US to become head of the recently opened Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls in Balti She never completed her doctoral degree but she did become an inspiring and respected head of the school for twenty six years bringing new ideas to an old systemOnly after retiring did she start to write books which explains why this book was published only when she was 62As she has said herself in some interviews her passion was for the Greeks which definitely shows in this book and is my main criticism This book is advertised as a source on mythology in general but it isn t 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 Almost as an afterthought she included only 20 pages of Norse mythology Nothing else is mentionedThe Greek parts are written very well and the author s passion for the subject is clear throughout Moreover she has a very clear structure missing a few myths nevertheless sigh All her knowledge came from classic literature she has never been to Greece and never participated in archaeology Of course that isn t necessary in order to produce a good book but it shows that her views although she was a scholar were influenced and limited by the sources she readWhile I was pleased to see that Hamilton had included the Volsunga saga in the chapter about Norse mythology in many books it is replaced by the Nibelungenlied which was penned much later she dismissed the saga by saying that the story is so well known thanks to the Nibelungenlied that the original can be told briefly and THAT is an absolute no go for me It s almost as bad as Bulfinch telling the readers which myths are Christian enough to be included and which had to be shortenedchanged for his genteel readers It is precisely the original stories I want to be told about or at least I want a thorough comparisonMoreover the one thing I expect at the very least from an encyclopedia of mythology is a good overview Such an overview MUST include immensely important classics like the Gilgamesh epos However this book does not Other cultures aren t even referenced If she had titled her book correctly I really wouldn t mind It s a nice book about the very much related mythology of the Greeks and the Romans However I really need to point this out again this is supposed to be a comprehensive work of mythology as a whole Sorry but this was just as disappointing as Mr Bulfinch s cuts and changes to myths which accounts for the low rating if there was a half star rating system here it would get than Bulfinch s Mythology but as it is alas It is a shame since the writing style was much engaging but it wouldn t be right to rate it any higher


10 thoughts on “Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

  1. says:

    4 StarsWow So this took me almost a full year to get through And no I'm not actually joking shocking I know GR says I started this i

  2. says:

    This book is considered as a classic for a reason And I just wanted to say that this edition is GORGEOUS Please BUY IT I promise that it'll look as AMAZING on your shelves as it does on mine D PS These beautiful photos aren't mine ;

  3. says:

    This is the second in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology The books included in this comparative evaluation areBulfinch's Mythology Modern Library Paperback Edition 2004Mythology by Edith Hamilton originally published in 1942; Back Bay Books edition of 1998The Greek Myths by Robert Graves Penguin Books combined edition 1992Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab Pantheon

  4. says:

    Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes Edith HamiltonEdith 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 antiuity to

  5. says:

    Edith Hamilton may have written Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes than a half century ago and she may have been fairly ancient when s

  6. says:

    This book makes me feel smarter says my GR friend in her review of this book I worked the same for meGreek Roman and Norse mythologies are so old because they have been in existence thousands and thousands of years even before Christ

  7. says:

    4 stars Basically this gif sums up most of Greek mythologyNot even kidding a little bitAnyways mythology is always something I was interested in and loved it's in so much of our everyday life still in the stories we tell and our history I know most of my real life friends read this in the 10th grade but my class read The Odyssey only and I've

  8. says:

    Hm I declared August History Month and read amongst various others Bulfinch's Mythology of which I was uite disappointed In my research of his work and how it came to be I found a reference to this book by Edith Hamilton who superseded Mr Bulf

  9. says:

    This is one of those books you hear about and then buy in a used bookstore and it languishes on your bookshelves for years until you finally pick it up and then you just end up thinking to yourself why didn't I pick this up sooner? Only it's also one of those books that really works better as a reference than as a book you sit down and read

  10. says:

    Pindar in the early fifth century tells the tale about the feast Tantalus made the gods and protests that it is not true The punishment of Tantalus is described often first in the Odyssey from which I have taken it Amphion's story and Niobe'