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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

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This is an ambitious work, which Edith Hamilton brings to life Greek and Roman Mythology (mainly and Norse partly), being a keystone of Western Culture. What I did, was read Fry’s retelling first (containing more in-depth retellings of stories in the first half of this novel), this novel and I will eventually read the primary texts.

This was great for Greek mythology- with family trees at the back of the book to aid understanding and it was great to see how these heroes and Gods all connect. I wouldn’t recommend Stephen’s Fry retelling over this, to me, it doesn’t serve as a replacement but more of a complement. Hamilton's brilliant writing, the cover, the layout, the printing, the illustrations, and everything else are done in an excellent manner. Agamemnon murders his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease Artemis who, in turn, provides “good winds to sail to Troy”.I'm also not a pretentious asshole who is going to pretend I lurved it to pieces just to look smart. Aside from that, we get a very superficial mention of the Norse myths that takes up maybe the last 5% of the book. Her father had begun teaching her Latin, then French, German, and Greek when she was only 7 years old which probably was a factor in her interests later and her great scholarly success.

In any case, their beauty, strength and vigour are unmatched but, these things aside, their personalities, temperament and moral compass’ leave much to be desired.Dig it out of the boxes in your basement sometime, under the term paper from freshman comp, and have a look over it. The truth is, she could’ve excluded the final 20 pages and sold this solely as ‘Greek Mythology’ and I may have given it 5 stars.

Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana.However, I really need to point this out again: this is supposed to be a comprehensive work of mythology as a whole!

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