Timeless tales of gods and heroes

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.

The family trees for the major Gods and important families of mortals are a really useful feature. Or maybe you're overcompensating by being too mean.

Timeless tales of gods and heroes

This is one reason why the bowdlerized myths presented to us by Bulfinch, in which each story is rendered moribund by being stripped of all reference to sex, violence, or any hint of unpleasantness, are so unsatisfactory to a 21st century reader. Through the first quarter of the twentieth century she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. And those nifty illustrations? This is the second in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. The family trees for the major Gods and important families of mortals are a really useful feature. Martin New American Library, Goodreads is not really set up to handle comparative reviews smoothly, so the discussion is split across the six book reviews. Though her first book wasn't published until she was in her sixties, her work achieved great popular success. All in all, reading "Mythology" was not as much fun as I had expected. Examination of myth from an anthropological or psychological perspective is also absent. Cheesy beyond belief. I based the comparative evaluation on three main general criteria - readability, accuracy, and scope breadth and depth of coverage ; I also looked at how each book handled two particular examples -- the life of Hercules and the story of Philomela and Procne. Also by the Same Author. But I have no great love for this book.

This is one reason why the bowdlerized myths presented to us by Bulfinch, in which each story is rendered moribund by being stripped of all reference to sex, violence, or any hint of unpleasantness, are so unsatisfactory to a 21st century reader.

There is about a page of rambling prose in the introduction in which the words "myth", "religion" and "Nature" appear together prominently, but no coherent thesis is advanced.

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She regarded as the high point of her life a ceremony in which King Paul of Greece named her an honorary citizen of Athens. It's adequate, but never more than that - it never takes off, even in those obvious places where you think it must. She knows how to structure a narrative. All in all, reading "Mythology" was not as much fun as I had expected. I know this is an unfair comparison, but earlier in the month I had been reading Oscar Wilde's stories for children, as well as some of Kipling's poetry, and I kept waiting for Hamilton to dazzle me, even just a little bit. Or maybe you're overcompensating by being too mean. There is about a page of rambling prose in the introduction in which the words "myth", "religion" and "Nature" appear together prominently, but no coherent thesis is advanced. To sum up the points in its favor: Hamilton does well on the three basic criteria accessibility, credibility, extent of coverage the writing is clear, she is commendably rigorous about sourcing, and there are no glaring gaps in the extent of coverage. Through the first quarter of the twentieth century she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. But she never did. Book-of-the-Month Club selection in , honorary citizenship of Athens, a highly laudatory obit in the New York Times when she finally died at age 95 - what's not to love? But I have no great love for this book. Fortunately, Edith Hamilton is no prude.

This is the second in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. Examination of myth from an anthropological or psychological perspective is also absent. Also by the Same Author.

Mythology timeless tales of gods and heroes review

And those nifty illustrations? All in all, reading "Mythology" was not as much fun as I had expected. It's adequate, but never more than that - it never takes off, even in those obvious places where you think it must. I based the comparative evaluation on three main general criteria - readability, accuracy, and scope breadth and depth of coverage ; I also looked at how each book handled two particular examples -- the life of Hercules and the story of Philomela and Procne. It's not just the over-representation of winged steeds, there's also way too much use of the threatening dark thundercloud effect, and the human figures are invariably depicted as shrieking heavenward as they shake their evidently double-jointed limbs in panic. This is the second in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. 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. Book-of-the-Month Club selection in , honorary citizenship of Athens, a highly laudatory obit in the New York Times when she finally died at age 95 - what's not to love? Thus, I've tried to evaluate each book on its own particular merits, and also give some idea of how it stacks up relative to the others. More details about the comparison can be found in the introduction to the first review: Bulfinch evaluation One of the problems in this whole undertaking is that some of the books on the list are acknowledged to be "classics", which makes it harder to review them objectively. I'm not sure that it deserves to be considered a true classic. To sum up the points in its favor: Hamilton does well on the three basic criteria accessibility, credibility, extent of coverage the writing is clear, she is commendably rigorous about sourcing, and there are no glaring gaps in the extent of coverage. Both of my "test myths" were covered well; the story of Procne and Philomela particularly so.

I based the comparative evaluation on three main general criteria - readability, accuracy, and scope breadth and depth of coverage ; I also looked at how each book handled two particular examples -- the life of Hercules and the story of Philomela and Procne. Her prose is clear and reasonably accessible - slightly dated, but largely unburdened by archaic language or academic jargon.

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She regarded as the high point of her life a ceremony in which King Paul of Greece named her an honorary citizen of Athens.

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