Mythology

A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths Includes a brief section on Norse mythology.
Mythology A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes love and adventure stories heroes before and during the Trojan War and lesser m

  • Title: Mythology
  • Author: Edith Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780452009851
  • Page: 325
  • Format: None
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    About the Author

    Edith Hamilton

    Edith Hamilton, an educator, writer and a historian, was born August 12, 1867 in Dresden, Germany, of American parents and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A Her father began teaching her Latin when she was seven years old and soon added Greek, French and German to her curriculum 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.A degree The following year, she and her sister Alice went to Germany and were the first women students at the universities of Munich and Leipzich.Hamilton returned to the United States in 1896 and accepted a position of the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr Preparatory School in Balti, Maryland For the next twenty six years, she directed the education of about four hundred girls per year After her retirement in 1922, she started writing and publishing scholarly articles on Greek drama 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 The book was a critical and popular success In 1932, she published The Roman Way, which was also very successful These were followed by The Prophets of Israel 1936 , Witness to the Truth Christ and His Interpreters 1949 , Three Greek Plays, translations of Aeschylus and Euripides 1937 , Mythology 1942 , The Great Age of Greek Literature 1943 , Spokesmen for God 1949 and Echo of Greece 1957 Hamilton traveled to Greece in 1957 to be made an honorary citizen of Athens and to see a performance in front of the Acropolis of one of her translations of Greek plays She was ninety years old at the time At home, Hamilton was a recipient of many honorary degrees and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters Edith Hamilton died on May 31, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

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    • David said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This is the second in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. The books included in this comparative evaluation are:Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Paperback Edition, 2004)Mythology by Edith Hamilton (originally published in 1942; Back Bay Books edition of 1998)The Greek Myths by Robert Graves (Penguin Books combined edition, 1992)Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab (Pantheon Books, copyright 1946)Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (H [...]

    • K.D. Absolutely said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      "This book makes me feel smarter," says my GR friend in her review of this book. I worked the same for me.Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies are so old because they have been in existence thousands and thousands of years even before Christ was born. No wonder that many literary works have been based on them. Even the names of the planets and the stars. Even the names of my, mortal as they are, relatives and friends. I have a nephew by a cousin in Canada whose name is Hector but he does not write [...]

    • Jason Koivu said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Edith Hamilton may have written Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes more than a half century ago and she may have been fairly ancient when she did so, but she still put out one seriously readable book!Hamilton 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 qualities of the best ones. Sometimes she berates the l [...]

    • Trish said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Hm. I declared August "History Month" and read, amongst various others, Bulfinch's Mythology of which I was quite 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 scho [...]

    • Welwyn Wilton said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This book is very hard to classify. Doesn't the title make you think "World Mythology"? Well, if it did, you would be wrong. I bought this book, looking forward to (especially) a female viewpoint of comparative mythology from various different countries around the world. What I got was an extremely thorough set of retellings (with impeccably named sources) by Hamilton of virtually every classical (Greek and Roman) myth ever told), with the very strange inclusion of approximately 20 pages of Nors [...]

    • Jennifer said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      I believe, deep in my heart, that everyone who has attended high school in the past twenty to thirty years or so (in the United States, at least) owned a ratty, most likely used copy of this work at one time or another. This book has been on the required reading list of so many schools that nearly everyone has seen it, owned it, and opened it at least twice.This is one only two such books I still have, 15 years out of high school: this and Strunk and White. This is a good book to have lying arou [...]

    • Christopher said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Only made it to page 180, but someday I'll finish it. In the meantime, some paintings of a few myths I did read:John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus, in which Echo (who can only echo what other people say) fails to save Narcissus from drowning himself while admiring his own wonderful visage. 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.Peter Paul Rubens, Leda and the Swan, in which a woman is raped by Z [...]

    • PaigeBookdragon said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      You can never forget your first love.

    • Jessica said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      I remember reading this over and over when I was in high school, just for my own pleasure. Then I got to college, and took an actual mythology class, and the first thing the professor said was, "I hope you all haven't been reading junk like Edith Hamilton." What?! Well, most of his problem was with those bite-sized little rundowns of the myths, which is what I liked about it. It's a nice survey of Greek mythology, an introduction, if you will. There are a few inaccuracies, and she barely mention [...]

    • Janus the Erudite Artist said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This book, aside from fairy tales, has introduced me to the world beyond our reach. I first had this book because back in high school, we were required to read it. I never really understood back then why it seemed that I was one of the few who enjoyed reading this and majority of our class despised having to be given the assignment to read it. I always found it entertaining. Well, the first few stories were a bit tedious but it was a foundation that helped me understand the other tales so it was [...]

    • Roya said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      سرانجام! پس از دوسال! به لطف امتحان های آبدوغ خیاری ارشد و فرجه ی طولانی، این کتاب خوشمزه را یک جا سر کشیدم

    • Mardin Uzeri said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies have affected our modern cultures more than we might like to admit. Those mythologies were used as means to explain the environment in which humankind lived, the natural phenomena they witnessed and the passing of time and seasons. Mythology has catalyzed the emergence of a rich and profound body of artistic works. In fact, this exactly peaked my interest in mythology in the first place. Here are some of my favs:The titan Saturn eats all of his sons in fear of [...]

    • Sara said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      A refresher in the Greek and Roman gods, in preparation for reading some classic literature later in the year.

    • El said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This is a book I've had sitting on my shelves for a long time, and one I've flipped through several times to look up references from other books, titles, movies. I was finally encouraged to read the entire thing from having read Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones, in which the 14-year-old protagonist reads Mythology and makes comparisons to her own life, comparisons based mainly on the story of Jason and Medea. (One of my own personal favorites, as well, because Medea is a wickedly delicious charac [...]

    • Tim said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      My battered old copy of this book has been around - it may have been required reading for my father back in high school. Anyway, I finally got around to reading it - and the odd thing is that I should have read it years ago. In fact this should have been required reading in my high school, and also in freshman English in college. Because the stories here are referred to so much in literature, the names of the gods and lovers and warriors herein ring down through the centuries with such frequency [...]

    • Mike said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. On one hand, I didn't like the practice of Hamilton retelling only the myths that she enjoyed, rather than using the most wildly accepted version of the stories or combining the different stories into one retelling. I also didn't understand the point of the Norse mythology at the end, after more than ninety percent of the book was dedicated to Greek and Roman mythology - it was a little jarring, and very unnecessary. But on the other hand, the book wa [...]

    • Michael Finocchiaro said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Edith Hamilton was probably how I discovered mythology myself. I have an old tattered paperback copy of this which helped guide me through the Odyssey and the Iliad. I haven't attempted Ovid or Hesiod, but this is where I would undoubtedly start whenever decide to do so.

    • Grace said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This was an excellent book over Greek mythology as well as some Roman and a little bit of Norse mythology as well. It was a great review of the stuff I already knew and I learned many new things too! Even if you have never picked up anything about Greek mythology or don't know much about it, you can still understand this book. I think it's a good book for those just starting to learn about the myths. Definitely recommended to the myth lovers! 😄❤️

    • Summer said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Read this for English class. For greek-mythology lovers like me, it gave quite a good explanation of numerous myths and clarifies the big pictures of Norse, Roman, and Greek mythology. A bit too heavy to read in one sitting, but an excellent reference for fans of the genre. I wouldn't say this is a must-read, but definitely beneficial for a devoted reader.

    • Dany Burns said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      An interesting book about (mostly Greek and Roman) mythology. I would have rated this higher but I had a big mythology phase in elementary school so I actually knew many of the stories, though they were very well written. I think this is a great miniature course in mythology for anyone who is interested and doesn't already know a lot about mythology.

    • PurplyCookie said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with an obvious passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. Her "Mythology" tell the "Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes" of classical mythology and this volume, first written in 1942, is now a timeless classic itself. This was the first book of mythology that I ever read and it is still the best. I still have that much worn, much loved paperback on my book shelves that later in life inspired me to read other myths of other times and places. [...]

    • Thomas said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      I love this classic collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. It has many negatives, but I still have an affection for it because I read it during a formative period in my life. I find it relatively readable -- not true of most mythology guides written for adults. Hamilton does a certain amount of commenting on the major sources from which she draws the myths. Therefore it's a great way to follow threads back through the actual sources; many other mythological guides don't reference their [...]

    • Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This is a scholarly, but very readable presentation on Greek mythology. In fact, this story really added to my love of the Greek myths. It doesn't spare the reader the darker aspects, so be warned. I would give this book to a good reader of 8 or more years of age, if they were unfamiliar with the Greek myths. Probably would leave Bulfinch for an older reader.

    • Paula W said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      It took me an awful long time to finish this one up, but it is a reference book rather than a novel. Still, I feel like I have accomplished something and hope to do a little better on the mythology questions during trivia nights. This is definitely a book that I will refer back to again and again.

    • Manisha said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Confession: I started this book over ten years ago. I had three short stories to read to finish it and I completely forgot about it. Today, I completed these short stories, and as a result, I have conquered the book I loved as a child. This is the perfect introductory book for anyone who wants to know more about Roman, Greek or Norse mythology. Hamilton shares various stories in a very simple, and yet, entertaining way. For me, there's a lot of nostalgia connected with this book. I was gifted it [...]

    • Daniel Chaikin said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      The problem I have reviewing this is that it's about what you might expectwell, what I expected. It's slightly formal, simplified, cleaned-up, but fun and generally folk tale-like versions of the main Greek myths. There is also a short section in the end on Norse mythology. In her introduction, she tells us mythology was like science: "Greek mythology is largely made up of stories about gods and goddesses, but it must not be read as a kind of Greek Bible, an account of the Greek religion. Accord [...]

    • Crito said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      A decent TL;DR of Homer, Heisod, Ovid, and other greek and roman poets and playwrights. There's some good scholarly compiling work done here but I question the worth of it. It's mostly a professionally done entry. It's easy to skip half of it for just being synopses of stories you could, and really should, read in the original. A five page description of the Oresteia is no substitute for reading the Oresteia, a twenty page telling of The Odyssey is no substitute for The Odyssey. If you're inter [...]

    • Heid said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      This work gave me entry into the world of myth as a highschool student. My English teacher assigned it as a reference book to use when we were reading poetry and drama. Without it I would not have understood important references. But when I looked back at this book years later, having suggested it to a students, I realized that the versions of the myths Hamliton used were less complex, less gender-balanced, and less universal than the myths I had come to know through other sources. So, while I v [...]

    • Mohamed said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      Literature and poetry that are based on mythology are in abundance in pretty much every era, it is only the method of approaching the myth that differentiates the well writ and the mediocre. In this book, Hamilton is basically offering a collection of Greek mythology (and little Norse mythology) in a style that is similar to bed time stories. Only in her introduction and briefly within the myth itself does she offer deep insights or some sort of analysis. However, this book was still an enjoyabl [...]

    • ♡AnnMatalines♡ said:
      Sep 26, 2018 - 01:22 AM

      “Love, however, cannot be forbidden. The more that flame is covered up, the hotter it burns. Also love can always find a way. It was impossible that these two whose hearts were on fire should be kept apart. (Pyramus and Thisbe)A great book to understand the whole Greek and Roman mythology. It is a great help to one of my classes because it provides analysis and snippets of the real story. I like the briefness and conciseness of it all.

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