Mythology

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Penguin Books, 1969 - Fiction - 335 pages
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This volume aims to bring to life for the modern reader, the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. Readers are introduced to the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla and can follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche and mighty King Midas, and discover the origins of the names of the constellations. The book explores the reference points for works of art, literature and cultural inquiry.

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An excellent overview of Greek/Roman myths. - Goodreads
For an intro to Greek mythology, you could do worse. - Goodreads
A great selection of Greek and Roman mythology. - Goodreads
My other goal was to become a better reader and writer. - Goodreads
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For an intro to Greek mythology, you could do worse. The Norse stuff almost seems like an afterthought. The author's stated intention for its inclusion was less to serve as a survey of Nordic culture ... Read full review

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Contents

FOREWORD v
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THE Two GREAT GODS OF EARTH
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How THE WORLD AND MANKIND WERE
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About the author (1969)

Edith Hamilton was born on August 12, 1867 in Dresden, Germany to American parents. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut until her father's business went bankrupt, at which point she and her sisters taught themselves. She received a master's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1894. In 1895, she became the first woman to study at the University of Munich in Germany. At the age of 29, she became the headmistress of Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1896. She retired from education in 1922 and moved to New York City. She began a career writing scholarly articles on Greek drama and myths. Her books include The Greek Way, The Roman Way, The Prophets of Israel, Three Greek Plays, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, and The Golden Age of Greek Literature. In 1957, at the age of 90, she traveled to Greece for the first time, where the city of Athens made her an honorary citizen. She died on May 31, 1963.

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