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ISBN13: 9780316341516
ISBN10: 0316341517
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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. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works of art, literature, and cultural inquiry — from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra. 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.

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"At once a reference book and a book which may be read for stimulation and pleasure." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A collection of Greek and Roman myths arranged in sections on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, the Trojan war, and a brief section on Norse mythology.

Synopsis:

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller in its various available formats: hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and e-book. Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

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A new trade paperback edition of Edith Hamilton's world-renowned classic--a book that has enthralled and delighted generations of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes. 50 line drawings.

About the Author

Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Through the first quarter of the twentieth century she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Upon retiring, she began to write about the civilizations of the ancient world and soon gained world renown as a classicist. Her celebrated and bestselling books include Mythology, The Greek Way, The Roman Way, and The Echo of Greece. She regarded as the high point of her life a 1957 ceremony in which King Paul of Greece named her an honorary citizen of Athens.

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Home School Book Review, November 12, 2011 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
When I was in seventh and eighth grades, I took Latin. The teacher formed a Latin Club which was part of the Ohio Junior Classical League, and all Latin students were invited to attend the annual Ohio JCL Convention in Columbus, OH, each year. Several contests were always provided, and one year I was on our quiz bowl team. The subject that year was Roman mythology. The Romans, of course, basically borrowed their myths from the Greeks, giving them Latin instead of Greek names. My teacher either gave me a copy of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology or suggested that I purchase one for myself in preparation for the quiz bowl contest.
The Greek-Roman myths draw from several widely different sources, including legends passed on by word of mouth from one generation to the next and literary dramas written by ancient playwrights. Edith Hamilton, a world-renowned classicist who was born in Germany, grew up in Ft. Wayne, IN, and graduated from Bryn Mawr, sought to provide some continuity to the stories. This book tells about the origins of the gods, the Graeco-Roman creation account, the earliest heroes, and many of the familiar stories like Cupid and Psyche, the Golden Fleece, Hercules, the Trojan War, the adventures of Odysseus and Aeneas, Midas, and other brief myths. There is also a short section at the end on Norse mythology. In addition, Hamilton authored two seminal works on ancient cultures, The Greek Way in 1930, and The Roman Way in 1932.
As I have said before, homeschoolers are divided over studying the ancient Greek and Roman myths. Some feel that doing so somehow gives honor to pagan deities. Others believe that one can study the myths solely from a historical standpoint without giving any credence to their gods and, in fact, by so doing can find a clear distinction between idols and the one true God. My own view tends toward the latter. Even before I took Latin, I had always been interested in ancient mythology and read quite a few books or encyclopedia articles on the subject. Yet, I did not become a pagan. However, be forewarned. The Greek and Roman myths do contain a lot of immorality, as the ancients were well-equipped in making their gods in their own fallible image. With that understanding, those who wish to learn more about the Greek and Roman gods and heroes will find an excellent source of reading and study in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316341516
Illustrator:
Steele Savage
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
Hamilton, Edith
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mythology, classical
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Mythclcgy
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology; Myth; Greek mythology; Roman culture; Norse mythology; Religion
Subject:
Mythology; Myth; Greek mythology; Roman culture; Norse mythology;
Subject:
Religion
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Back Bay Pbk
Series Volume:
105-28
Publication Date:
19980914
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.5 in 1.01 lb

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Product details 512 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316341516 Reviews:
"Review" by , "At once a reference book and a book which may be read for stimulation and pleasure."
"Synopsis" by , A collection of Greek and Roman myths arranged in sections on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, the Trojan war, and a brief section on Norse mythology.
"Synopsis" by , Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller in its various available formats: hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and e-book. Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.
"Synopsis" by , A new trade paperback edition of Edith Hamilton's world-renowned classic--a book that has enthralled and delighted generations of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes. 50 line drawings.
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