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

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

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

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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. 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. I have an old tattered paperback copy of this which helped guide me through the Odyssey and the Iliad. I look up to it so much for being the root of letting me grow as a reader and aided me to open my eyes and mind to a world of vast imagination, creativity and foreign culture.

The majority of Hera’s misdeeds are a result of the fact that Zeus can’t keep his Jörmungandr in his pants (Yes, we’re mixing mythologies, just roll with it). Does Edith Hamilton not care that the prototype is more important than the bastardized version invented by Germanic peoples? I found this helpful to help me continue to get a handle on how this vast subject is connected to Ancient History and Human History; as I was listening to it I had so many moments where small scraps made a few more things a little bit clearer for me. Since then, I’ve discovered that his thinking is not always well regarded, I don’t know enough to comment on this, but from the point of view of style I found this book by Edith Hamilton to speak plainly where I found it easier to follow the stories (as I was not continually left to connect the loose pieces or go back and connect it to another story_. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton's masterpiece--the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.In future (having read it twice), I will likely use it as a reference while I dive into more creative and derivative stuff, including the classic plays and poems. It is precisely the original stories I want to be told about or at least I want a thorough comparison! In the island where I grew up, there was a boy named Apollo who was naked the whole day that I could see his wang dangling while we played and he oftentimes cried when he lost in our games and I thought that, while reading this book, he did not even have a slight semblance of the Greek god he was named after. But my favorite bits were actually her little insights here and there into how the mythology was influenced by the historical culture of the times.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Reading this you get to understand the culture of the Greeks, what they believed in and the values of these stories. While 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.There was this one guy, whose name I'm forgetting at the moment, whom you can tell she just despised, but was too polite to say. Nevertheless, none of the Olympians could be considered Angels and they’ve all got blood on their hands by the closing of this book. To sum up the points in its favor: Hamilton does well on the three basic criteria (accessibility, credibility, extent of coverage) the writing is clear, she is commendably rigorous about sourcing, and there are no glaring gaps in the extent of coverage.



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