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 Book Review - Edith Hamilton's Mythology


By Edith Hamilton
September 1998
Paperback, 497 pages
Back Bay Books
ISBN 0316341517

Edith Hamilton approached mythology with the education of a classicist and the passion of a writer in love with her subject. Her legendary book Mythology reflects this, and is both knowledgeable and easy to read. Indeed, the introduction of this book helps to place the Classical (that is, Greek and Roman) myths in perspective, and also contains a brief discussion of the ancient writers who contributed to our understanding of mythology.

Mythology features some of the most famous and enduring myths and legends of the Greek (and Roman) gods and goddesses, as well as tales of several notable heroes, including Perseus, Theseus, Hercules (or Herakles), and Atalanta. Hamilton also shares her knowledge and insight about such fascinating mythological figures as Narcissus, Cupid and Psyche, Daedalus, and Daphne.

In addition to these stories, one other valuable aspect of Mythology is the manner in which Hamilton has organized the tales of the various families of Greek myth. The author examines, for example, the royal houses of Athens, Thebes, and Atreus, and genealogical tables (or family trees) provide complete information. Entertaining as well as informative, Mythology is a work that will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from the beginning student to the more experienced Classical scholar.

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These great stories from Greek, Roman and Norse mythology are the fountainhead of all literature. In them, the figures of antiquity come vividly to life....Edith Hamilton has retold these great myths for modern readers in a way that preserves the flavor and excitement of the originals.

Edith Hamilton's Mythology

Art & Myth in Ancient Greece

This book is an essential resource for anyone interested in ancient Greek art and mythology. With over 370 illustrations of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, this book contains a wealth of information about the relationship between myth and art.

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