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

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When you thought someone in history was being creative, chances are they were just borrowing from the creativity of the ancient Greeks. It has been reissued since then by several publishers, including its 75th anniversary illustrated edition. You’ll walk away from reading Hamilton’s ‘Mythology’ with a stronger appreciation for the term ‘Greek Tragedy’. I know most of my real life friends read this in the 10th grade, but my class read The Odyssey only and I've always meant to get to this book but didn't until now.

It's adequate, but never more than that - it never takes off, even in those obvious places where you think it must. One that stood out was the Wine God, Dionysus, and his Bacchantes/Maenads (Wine-maddened/berserker women).It is precisely the original stories I want to be told about or at least I want a thorough comparison! Edith Hamilton, nascida em 1867, pródiga aluna de literatura grega e romana, e uma autodidata admirável, formou-se em 1894 com um Major em Clássicas (que ofende o meu Minor 😁). Don't get me wrong though, I really enjoyed the book as a whole - especially the stunning artwork, as I'm a sucker for pretty pictures - but not gonna lie, I got confused by all the names and incest and relationships a lot.

Although the myths remain unchanged, the way that we think about them has evolved considerably over the last 150 years. Hamilton’s work is a perennial bestseller, covering the major gods and goddesses, as well as the most famous myths, of these three mythological traditions. It makes me want to read The Odyssey and Iliad, The Aeneid, Medea, and Oedipus Rex, at the least, because no matter how dry you tell it, there is real imagination and juiciness to the tales.Hector’s young Son, Astyanax and Hecuba’s daughter, Polyxena are murdered after the defeat of Troy, Tantalus kills his own son and feeds him to the Gods, Atreus feeds his brother his own children… you get the point! It is unlikely that I read the entire thing, since it can be assigned in pieces and that is probably what my teacher did.

Though the explanations are clear, I found I got more from this this time as I am more receptive now to the chapters that have more of an encyclopaedic feel. Some of the tales have a really insidious tone that I think could make for some chilling cinematics.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.

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