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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1981 - Social Science - 335 pages
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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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For just breezing through with the essentials and some scary detail, Hamilton is fine. Also, some great, if somewhat campy [now] illustrations. Read full review

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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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The Two Great Gods of Earth
How the World and Mankind Were

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Edith Hamilton was born in 1967 in Dresden, Germany to American parents. She attended Miss Porter's School until her father's business went bankrupt, at which point Edith and her sisters taught themselves. Edith decided to become a teacher to support herself and attended Bryn Mawr, gaining a European Fellowship. While studying in Leipzig and Munich, Hamilton received a job offer from M. Carey Thomas to return to the States and Head the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Hamilton was just 29. She returned and accepted the position but never truly enjoyed the job. It wasn't until she retired that Hamilton found her calling. She moved to New York City and made friends with the theatrical and literary groups. In 1930, her book "The Greek Way" was published and Hamilton gained world renown as a classicist. It was her great honor to be made an honorary citizen of Athens in 1957. Edith Hamilton died in 1963.

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