Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

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Warner Books Incorporated, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
MONSTERS, MORTALS, GODS, AND WARRIORS

For over fifty years readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the thrilling, enchanting, and fascinating world of Western mythology. From Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom, Edith Hamilton's classic collection not only retells these stories with brilliant clarity but shows us how the ancients saw their own place in the world and how their themes echo in our consciousness today. An essential part of every home library, MYTHOLOGY is the definitive volume for anyone who wants to know the key dramas, the primary characters, the triumphs, failures, fears, and hopes first narrated thousands of years ago -- and still spellbinding to this day.

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User Review  - Arkrayder - www.librarything.com

This is a fantastic book! It makes Greek mythology very accessible to the non academic. It was nice to have a Norse mythology section at the end, I only wish it was longer. Read full review

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User Review  - justagirlwithabook - LibraryThing

Edith Hamilton provides a good overview of mythology and all the basics. This used to be required reading for 8th graders (to teach) but it has since been pushed to the side, which I was quite happy ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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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