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

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Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. Hector’s young Son, Astyanax and Hecuba’s daughter, Polyxena are murdered after the defeat of Troy, Tantalus kills his own son and feeds him to the Gods, Atreus feeds his brother his own children… you get the point! I would say this was great for an overview of Greek mythology but more of an introduction for Roman and Norse mythology. 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.

Mais de mil anos antes de Cristo, na orla da extremidade oriental do Mediterrâneo, havia uma grande cidade muito rica e poderosa, sem rival à superfície da Terra. Well, the first few stories were a bit tedious but it was a foundation that helped me understand the other tales so it wasn’t much of a big deal to me. 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. I declared August "History Month" and read, amongst various others, Bulfinch's Mythology of which I was quite disappointed.

Opinions are great, and she often accompanies them with some interesting facts, but I feel like a little more subtlety or, on occasion, impartiality would’ve made it a little less jarring. Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the word and established itself as a perennial bestseller. This book taught me that Troy was a city and Brad Pitt's name in the movie should have been Achilles. In fact, I’ll just come out and say it, if you read the dull little paperback version, you’re an inferior human being, it is what it is.

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. The introduction includes commentary on the major classical poets used as sources, and on how changing cultures have led to changing characterizations of the deities and their myths.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. Reading this you get to understand the culture of the Greeks, what they believed in and the values of these stories.

What's more (displaying my ignorance here) I was confused over the title of the play, and some of the main protagonists of the play, the Furies.Seria apenas em 1923, após se retirar do cargo de diretora da Bryn Mawr School, e desafiada a escrever sobre os seus adorados clássicos, que Hamilton viria a ser reconhecida como uma das grandes classicistas. The Roman versions are only mentioned, because the Romans stole their myths wholesale from the Greeks.

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