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

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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. So, being the still closet nerdy teacher that I am, I decided to read Mythology the week we were covering it in class.

Finally, it should be noted that Hamilton's retelling of the Greek myths is based solely on her study of the classical literature - she had never been to Greece, and had no archaeological experience. Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago. 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. I get that it's not for everyone, but if you want to learn more about mythology in general, this is the book for you.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.

Como los demás, el mío también llego con un poco de daño en la portada, tiene unas pocas manchas, y las orillas están un poco dañadas, pero nada que opaque la portada o que haya llegado al interior de las páginas.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). An easy to use contents page, lots of info on major and minor Greek mythology characters and even a very small section on Norse mythology at the back. This is not the fault of the book, it’s just the way these myths are, where there are loads of them that are not connected to a myth that is part of bigger story, for example one of the families like the House of Thebes. In 1930, when she was sixty-three years old, she published The Greek Way, in which she presented parallels between life in ancient Greece and in modern times. Cronus (Saturn), father of Zeus, learned from Gaia and Uranus that one of his own children would overthrow him as he did his own father.

I also enjoyed how the author included different versions of the tales and who originally wrote these down- for example, there are different versions of Jason on the Argo, whether Atalanta was part of the Argo or not and a different tale of Ipigneia’s demise (which I especially loved as her story was so sad! Bought for a present for my son who is really into Greek Mythology at the moment and, though perhaps aimed at older people than he, I'm sure that he will love the look of and information within this book!And she made the claim in one of the intros that the Greeks' mythology was different from the others, because reasons.

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