Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller in its various available formats: hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market paperback. Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture -- the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. This new Back Bay trade paperback edition of Mythology replaces the Meridian edition formerly available from the Penguin Group. In August 1998 a new mass market paperback edition of Mythology published by Warner Books will replace the Mentor/Dutton Signet mass market edition formerly available from the Penguin Group.
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If you feel an affinity to Greek Mythology, this is the standard and as such you'll love it (especially Hamilton's whimsical distaste for the Latinists.) If you don't like Greek Mythology, for whatever reason--never mind that this is a personal failing on your part--then you'll hate this wonderful treasure.
For adults and children alike. One of this books best traits is that Hamilton includes her sources and the rational behind them before each myth. Essentially Hamilton is saying: "Want to learn more about the royal houses of Ancient Greece? Read these poets, and here's why I chose to take from these three. Oh, you don't care about my sources? Fine, here is my excellent account of Herakles. Enjoy."
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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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