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Bulfinch's Mythology For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch s Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths and the age of chivalry have been known The stories are divided into three sections The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes first published inThe Age of Chivalry, which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle AgesFor the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet s Northern Antiquities He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood The tales are eminently readable As Bulfinch wrote, Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement Thomas Bulfinch, in his day job, was a clerk in the Merchant s Bank of Boston, an undemanding position that afforded him ample leisure time in which to pursue his other interests In addition to serving as secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History, he thoroughly researched the myths and legends and copiously cross referenced them with literature and art As such, the myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the nineteenth century however, it is the vigor of the stories themselves that returns generation after generation to Bulfinch

10 thoughts on “Bulfinch's Mythology

  1. says:

    Let s take a moment to not only acknowledge this work itself but also its very own history and author.Thomas Bulfinch 1769 1867 was the son of Charles Bulfinch who was the first American architect

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    Have problems distinguishing Perseus from Theseus Can t tell a Titan from an Olympian Do those mythology questions on Jeopardy leave you stumped Could mythology be your Achilles heel If your knowled

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    If anyone thinks this is a completely comprehensive look at the mythos of the Greeks, the Norse, the Celtic, the Arthurian, the Crusades, or the Middle Ages, then you re part way correct It is pretty

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    Myths and legends from around the world.The stories of gods and heros from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Near East, the Far East, Scandinavia and Britain.King Arthur and his knights.The Mabinogeon.Legends

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    Damn Bulfinch s Mythology About as classic as you can get The early Victorian hence highly bowdlerized and edited version of classical Greek and Roman ideas about their then gods and goddesses I m sure

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    I feel like I really accomplished something having read Bulfinch This particular book collected fables, chivalry, and Charlemagne I set out expecting Fable to be my favorite section as I have been a dev

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    This is less a book but a compendium of tales I loved it since it had all the tales from all over the world But the writing is a it dry and the book is huge so be prepared The edition I had was very dens

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    I know it s huge but this is an excellent reference book All you need to know for the basics in most mythologies Very recommended

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    I have mixed feelings on this book I bought it to read because I heard it was a good resource to get caught up on Greek myths before my Literature GRE and I read a bitthan half of the book before giving up

  10. says:

    Having heard about Bulfinch s Mythology since childhood I finally broke down, purchased the cheap Modern Library edition containing all three volumes at a local mall and read the thing Unsurprisingly, it wa

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