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Mythology The world renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroesEdith 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


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.



10 thoughts on “Mythology

  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 in August.of 2018 But what can I say Aside from the fact that I am probably just too dumb and too uncultured to truly enjoy this thing to it s full capacityI m also not a pretentious


  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 P.S These beautiful photos aren t mineThis book is considered as a classic for a reason And I just wanted to say that this edition


  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 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


  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 antiquity to the present We meet the Gre


  5. says:

    Edith Hamilton may have written Mythology Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroesthan 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 highli


  6. says:

    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 nam


  7. says:

    4 stars Basically, this gif sums up most of Greek mythology Not even kidding a little bit.Anyways, 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 always meant to get


  8. says:

    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 T


  9. 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 s, I have taken from Ovid, who alone tells them in full For Pelops winning the chariot race I have preferred Apollodorus, of the first or second


  10. 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 from cover to cover I read this book over the course


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