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User Review  - Frenzie - LibraryThing

I randomly searched my shelves for something to help me brush up on Orpheus and Euridice. Before I knew it, I'd brushed up on a whole lot more and learned some new things to boot. Read full review

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User Review  - ruric - LibraryThing

Retelling of some of the major classical myths in prose and poetry, illustratred with some black and white photos of works inspired by the stories. Introductory section on the growth of myths ... Read full review

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Despite following a rather awkward and complicated referencing format, Morford and Lenardon have done an excellent job in producing this piece. It is particularly good for undergraduate students in gaining a broad but intellectual understanding of the myths. The interpretations given and the theories surrounding this discipline are very well explained. My only slight criticism however, would be that insufficient attention was paid to the influences of near eastern culture and on the Mycenaean period. Never the less though, this is, in the whole part, a very good source to help kick start a student's understanding and approach to mythological research. 

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I read the original version of this book for a course in mythology in the seventies. It and the course seemed to be designed largely around the need to process large undergraduate classes by getting students to memorize long lists of names to spew out at exam time, to keep the educational resources expended at a minimum. It was the apex of weary pedantry. Little context was presented that might fire the student's imagination or promote an understanding of why this is a valuable domain of study. The experience turned me off the area ( which I am sure really is inherently enriching and worthwhile) for life.  

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