Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

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But my favorite bits were actually her little insights here and there into how the mythology was influenced by the historical culture of the times. 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. I knew that before purchasing it but still somewhat a shame, that there are never revised versions that included much more Norse Mythology. 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. Edith Hamilton, nascida em 1867, pródiga aluna de literatura grega e romana, e uma autodidata admirável, formou-se em 1894 com um Major em Clássicas (que ofende o meu Minor 😁).

I also enjoyed how the author included different versions of the tales and who originally wrote these down- for example, there are different versions of Jason on the Argo, whether Atalanta was part of the Argo or not and a different tale of Ipigneia’s demise (which I especially loved as her story was so sad! I read this book over the course of most of February, in bits and pieces, and it worked well that way.And although each chapter starts with a reference, every now and then I got the sense there were parts missing, like the ending of the story of Arachne, where Edith Hamilton has a happy ending showing Athena regreting her anger to Arachne, but my 3 translations of Ovid’s Metamorphosis shows her wrath is not appeased as she also curses her family. I wish I had found this book sooner, I liked the books by Robert Graves, The Greek Myths vol 1 and The Greek Myths vol 2, and remember at the time being amazed and dazzled, especially with the footnotes where there were so many. Honestly, I enjoyed Edith’s prose, it read very well and it’s quite modern, so it has that accessibility to it.

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. It is precisely the original stories I want to be told about or at least I want a thorough comparison!An easy to use contents page, lots of info on major and minor Greek mythology characters and even a very small section on Norse mythology at the back. This exciting new deluxe, large-format hardcover edition, published in celebration of the book’s 75th anniversary, will be beautifully packages and fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned four-colour art, making it a true collector’s item. It is frequently used in high schools and colleges as an introductory text to ancient mythology and belief. I was pleased to see the Volsungasaga included, since it is so often replaced by the Nibelungenlied (the Germanic version of Sigfried and his messed up love life), but then as I read it I found to my dismay: "The story of Siegfried is so familiar that that of his Norse prototype Sigurd can be briefly told. It's time to ask why Hamilton was so extraordinarily thorough with Greek myth (and Roman, while aware that Roman stories are nearly all renamed versions of the Greek tales), and yet she left out so many other myths so much older and so much more important, for example The Epic of Gilgamesh, perhaps the oldest written story on Earth, which relates the story of the historical King of Uruk from Ancient Sumeria (2750-2500 BCE) originally on 12 clay tablets in cunieform script.



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