Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition
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But I think that none of those girls exhibit wisdom, reason and chastity that are the virtues of the goddess their place of work was named after. I listened to the audio of this book during my work commutes, and I liked it because it was a bunch of stories so I didn't have to keep track of a lot. This week, we're talking Prophet Song, Paul Lynch, Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus, and "Rabbit Test", Samantha Mills. As she has said herself in some interviews, her passion was for the Greeks which definitely shows in this book and is my main criticism.
This leads to another problem with 'Mythologies' in that Hamilton refers to both Greek and Latin origins, all clearly marked in the introductions to each story, and then retells the stories in her own words. While I was pleased to see that Hamilton had included the Volsunga saga in the chapter about Norse mythology (in many books it is replaced by the Nibelungenlied which was penned much later), she dismissed the saga by saying that the story is so well-known thanks to the Nibelungenlied that the original can be told briefly and THAT is an absolute no-go for me. But my favorite bits were actually her little insights here and there into how the mythology was influenced by the historical culture of the times. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). It is not necessarily that the language is archaic because it isn't but it sometimes does not flow well.I was enjoying this so much that sometimes I wished more was explained on why different versions of the same myth exist, but liked how Edith Hamilton is not shy of making it clear which versions she prefers. The commentary I felt was very insightful to understand the Greek's perspective of these stories and just some interesting observations, overall. She was born in Dresden in 1867 but grew up in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, where she also got her BA and MA degrees for which she won the Mary E. Since so much of Western humanity's psychology and our literature have their roots in mythology, it is well worth understanding the stories and characters involved. Agamemnon murders his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease Artemis who, in turn, provides “good winds to sail to Troy”.
I would like to give this book five stars for its really complete and fairly narrated Greek mythos, but since it leaves out the whole rest of the world (except as above), I can only give two stars at most.There are Heracles 12 labours which were so super condensed (akin to a summary), portions of the Aeneid I felt it (mainly second half) and aspects of the Iliad section. I don't really mind if she disses Hercules, but her gratuitous dissing of my boy Ovid really didn't win her any points.
But before I let it go, I picked up Hamilton's book, and checked out the index entries for Eumenides (248) and Furies (see Erinyes) - so to Erinyes, where among other entries was (Orestes pursued by, 246-248) - which closed the circle. I was happy to have the recommendation of Edith Hamilton's Mythology from my Goodreads friend, Beverly about a year ago, when I was looking for a book that would help me understand this subject better.It is a shame since the writing style was much more engaging but it wouldn't be right to rate it any higher. There are drawings by Steele Savage, some full-page (in my Mentor edition of sometime after 1970, which was at the time the forty-fourth printed of Hamilton's book, first printed in 1940. In 1930, when she was sixty-three years old, she published The Greek Way, in which she presented parallels between life in ancient Greece and in modern times. A little naive maybe, however, given this and the irrevocably atrocious acts of each and every member of the Greek Pantheon, I suggest that there are, in fact, no Gods in Greek Mythology, only reflections of vastly more powerful versions of ourselves, unmasking and exposing all of our most unfavourable attributes.