I appreciate that she lists her sources for each story at the beginning of the chapter and her telling of the these myths are easily read, but not over simplified and the result is highly enjoyable. July 3, - Published on Amazon. In grammar school I studied Greek mythology, and was mesmerized by the Odyssey and the Iliad. Soon other subjects came along that stole my attention. Fast-forward fifty years and I found myself curious to see if my old fascination and excitement about Greek mythology could be rekindled, and I once again I started slowly and tucked into Edith Hamilton's Mythology.
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I found this book to be as alive and vibrant as I remembered, but I'm thrilled to say that as an adult I appreciate it even more. It's mind-boggling that having been published in , this is still one of the best interpretations around. One thing I hadn't remembered is that Ms.
Hamilton's Mythology includes sections on Roman and Norse stories; I had no interest in them when I was younger and only middling interest in them now, but they're a happy find. This book stokes the imagination and invites further study of the subject. I bought the Kindle ebook and Kindle audiobook versions; both are outstanding.
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars! October 2, - Published on Amazon. Classic text that was required reading in High School. Loved it then, but sadly I plastered my paperback with the names of girls I was dating at the time. The Kindle version is perfect - different illustrations than the book I also have the hardcover but just as good. Hamilton's prose style is borderline "quaint" but adds a nice personal touch.
The lack of commas in places may require a couple reads of some sentences. Even so I highly recommend Mythology as it covers both Greek, Roman, along with teaser Norse mythology. August 7, - Published on Amazon. I have always loved Greek and Roman mythology, and have bought so many different books over the years trying to find a comprehensive, easy to read, well formatted version of the myths. This is by far the best collection that I have found yet. All previous collections have left me feeling disappointed.
She was pre-eminently the Goddess of he was the Sun-god too. Accurately, however, the Sun-agriculture; the inventor of the bridle, who first tamed god was Helios, child of the Titan Hyperion.
She was Zeus' favorite child. Hetrusted her to carry the awful aegis, his buckler, and his Apollo at Delphi was a purely beneficent power, adevastating weapon, the thunderbolt. Nevertheless,Of the three virgin goddesses she was the chief and was there are a few tales told of him which show him pitilesscalled the Maiden, Parthenos, and her temple the and cruel. Two ideas were fighting in him as in all theParthenon. In later poetry she is the embodiment of gods: a primitive, crude idea and one that was beautifulwisdom, reason, purity.
Athens was her special city; the and poetic. In him only a little of the primitive is left. The laurel was his tree. Many creatures were sacred to him, chief among them the dolphin and the crow. He is a beautiful figure in Greek poetry, Cynthus in Delos Apollo's twin sister, daughter of Zeusthe master musician who delights Olympus as he plays and Leto.
She was one of the three maiden goddesses ofon his golden lyre; the lord too of the silver bow, the Olympus: Golden Aphrodite who stirs with love allArcher-god, far shooting the Healer, as well, who taught creation, Cannot bend nor ensnare three hearts: themen the healing art. Even more than of these good and pure maiden Vesta, Gray-eyed Athena who cares but forlovely endowments, he is the God of Light, in whom is was and the arts of the craftsmen, Artemis, lover ofno darkness at all, and so he is the God of Truth.
No woods and the wild chase over the mountain. She was the Lady of Wild Things, Huntsman-in-chief Delphi under towering Parnassus, where Apollo's to the gods, an odd office for a woman. Like a goodoracle was, plays an important part in mythology. No so common in mythology, she kept the Greek Fleet fromother shrine rivaled it. The answers to the questions sailing to Troy until they sacrificed a maiden to her. Inasked by the anxious seekers for Truth were delivered many another story, too, she is fierce and revengeful.
On the other hand, when women died a swift andThe trance was supposed to be caused by a vapor rising painless death, they were held to have been slain by herfrom a deep cleft in the rock over which her seat was silver arrows. Neither namehis birth, and Pythian from his killing of a serpent, originally belonged to her. Phoebe was a Titan, one ofPython, which once lived in the caves of Parnassus. It the older gods. She was the appearance is more familiar to us than that of any othersister of Helios, the sun-god with whom Apollo was god. He was graceful and swift of motion.
On his feetconfused. He was In the later poets, Artemis is identified with Hecate. Hecate Zeus made him give them back, and he wonwas the Goddess of the dark of the Moon, the black Apollo's forgiveness by presenting him with the lyrenights when the moon is hidden. She was associated which he had just invented, making it out of a tortoise'swith deeds of darkness, the Goddess of the Crossways, shell. Perhaps there was some connection between thatwhich were held to be ghostly places of evil magic.
He appears oftener in the talesgods and men alike; the laughter-loving goddess, who of mythology than any other god. She is the daughter of Zeus and The God of War, son of Zeus and Hera, both ofDione in the Iliad, but the later poems she is said tohave sprung from the foam of the sea, and her name whom, Homer says, detested him. With runs away when he is wounded. Yet he has a train ofher, beauty comes. The winds flee before her and the attendants on the battlefield which should inspirestorm clouds; sweet flowers embroider the earth; the anyone with confidence.
His sister is there, Eris, whichwaves of the sea laugh; she moves in radiant light. The Goddess of War,Without her there is not joy nor loveliness anywhere. Enyo, -in Latin Bellona,- walks beside him, and with herThis is the picture the poets like best to paint of her.
As they move, the voice of groaning arises behind them and the earth But she had another side too. It was natural that streams with blood.
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She is a soft, weak The Romans liked Mars better than the Greeks likedcreature there, whom a mortal need not fear to attack. He never was to them the mean whining deity ofIn later poems she is usually shown as treacherous and the Iliad, but magnificent in shining armor, redoubtable,malicious, exerting a deadly and destructive power over invincible.
The warriors of the great Latin heroic poem,men. In one story he issometimes, too, the sparrow and the swan. Zeus was his father and Maia, daughter of Atlas, hismother. He is not a distinct personality, like Hermes or Hera or Each city too had a public hearth sacred to Hestia,Apollo. If a colony was to be founded, the colonist carried with them coals He had no cities where he was worshipped.
The from the hearth of the mother city with which to kindleGreeks said vaguely that he came from Thrace, home of the fire on the new city's hearth. In Rome her fire wasa rude, fierce people in the northeast of Greece. Appropriately, his bird was the vulture.
The dog waswronged by being chosen as his animal. The most important of themin retaliation of Zeus' having brought forth Athena. Homer knowsAmong the perfectly beautiful immortals he only was nothing of him, but to Hesiod he is Fairest of theugly. He was lame as well. In one place in the Iliad he deathless gods. This idea thetrying to defend Hera. In Homer he is no hardness he departs. His greatest glory is that he cannotdanger of being driven from Olympus; he is highly do wrong nor allow it; force never comes near him.
Forhonored there, the workman of the immortals, their all men served him of their own free will. And he whomarmorer and smith, who makes their dwellings and their Love touches not walks in darkness. In his workshop hehas handmaidens he has forged out of gold who can In the early accounts Eros was not Aphrodite's son,move and who can help him in his work.
In the later poets he was her son and almost invariably a mischievous, In the later poets his forge is often said to be under naughty boy, or worse. He was often represented asthis or that volcano, and to cause eruptions. His wife is blindfolded, because love is often blind.
In attendanceone of the three Graces in the Iliad, called Aglaia in upon him was Anteros, said sometimes to be theHesiod; in the Odyssey she is Aphrodite. He was a avenger of slighted love, sometimes the one whokindly, peace loving god, popular on earth as in heaven. God of the Wedding Feast.
The two were the patrons of handicrafts, the arts whichalong with agriculture are the support of civilization; he Hebe was the Goddess of Youth, the daughter ofthe protector of the smiths as she of the weavers.
When Zeus and Hera. Sometimes she appears as cupbearer tochildren were formally admitted to the city the gods; sometimes that office is held by Ganymede, aorganization, the god of the ceremony was Hephaestus. She has no distinct personality and she Iris was the Goddess of the Rainbow and aplays no part in the myths. She was the Goddess of the messenger of the gods, in the Iliad the only messenger. Hearth, The symbol of the home, around which the Hermes appears first in that capacity in the Odyssey, butnewborn child must be carried before it could be he does not take Iris' place.
Now the one, now the otherreceived into the family. Every meal began and endedwith an offering to her. There were also in Olympus same was true of two personified emotions esteemedtwo bands of lovely sisters, the Muses and the Graces. Thery the Greeks. It means reverence and the shame thatwere the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, a child of holds men back from wrongdoing, but also means thethe Titan, Ocean. Except in a story Homer and Hesiod feeling a prosperous man should have in the presencetell, that Aglaia married Hephaestus, they are not of the unfortunate, not compassion, but a sense thattreated separate personalities, but always together, a the difference between him and those poor wretches istriple incarnation of grace and beauty.
The gods not deserved. Together with their companions, the Muses, Aidos had their home with the gods. From time to time aZeus and Mnemosyne, Memory. At first, like the Graces few mortals were translated Olympus, but once theythey were not distinguished from each other. Their stories will be told later. He is happywhom the Muses love. For though a man has sorrow The Gods of the Watersand grief in his soul, yet when the servant of the Musessings, at once he forgets his dark thoughts and Poseidon Neptune , was the Lord and Ruler of theremembers not his troubles.
Euxine, now the Black Sea. Underground rivers, too, were his. In later times each had her own special field.
Thalia of comedy, Terpsichore of the dance, river encircling the earth. His wife, also a Titan, wasCalliope of epic poetry, Erato of love poetry, Tethys. The Oceanids, the nymphs of this great river,Polythymnia of songs to the gods, Euterpe of lyric were their daughters. The gods of all the rivers on earthpoetry. Hesiod lived near Helicon, one of the Muses' Pontus, which means the Deep Sea, was a son ofmountains, the other were Pierus in Pieria, where they Mother Earth and the father of Nereus, a sea-god farwere born, Parnassus and, of course, Olympus.
One day more important than he himself was. Pindar calls the lyre theirs as well as wife was Doris a daughter of Ocean. Poseidon's wife. Triton was the trumpeter of the Sea. His trumpet was a As the idea of Zeus became loftier, two august great shell. He was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. But they never became real personalities. Proteus was sometimes said to be Poseidon's son passage money was placed when they died and whosometimes his attendant.
He had the power both of were duly buried. They dwelt in headed, dragon-tailed dog, who permits all spirits tobrooks and spring and fountains. On his arrival each one is brought before three judges, Rhadamanthus, Minos, LEUCOTHEA and her son Palaemon, once mortals, and Aeacus, who pass sentence and send the wicked tobecame divinities of the sea, as did also Glaucus, but all everlasting torment and the good to a place ofthree were unimportant.
The Underworld Three other rivers, besides Acheron and Cocytus, separate the underworld from the world above: The kingdom of the dead was ruled by one of the Phlegethon, the river of fire: Styx, the river of thetwelve great Olympians, Hades or Pluto, and His Queen, unbreakable oath by which the gods swear; and Lethe,Persephone. It is often called by his name, Hades. It lies, the river of forgetfulness. Inthe Odyssey, the way to it leads over the edge of the Somewhere in this vast region is Pluto's palace, butworld across Ocean. In later poets there are various beyond saying that it is many gated and crowded withentrances to it from the earth through caverns and innumerable guests, no writer describes it.
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Around it arebeside deep lakes. We do not Tartarus and Erebus are sometimes two divisions of know anything more about it. The poets did not care tothe Underworld, Tartarus the deeper of the two, the linger in that gloom-hidden abode. Often, however, there is no The Erinyes the Furies , are placed by Virgil in thedistinction between the two, and either is used, underworld, where they punish evildoers. The Greekespecially Tartarus, as a name for the entire lower poets thought of them chiefly as pursuing sinners on theregion.
They were inexorable, but just. Nothing is real there. The ghost's were usually represented as three: Tisiphone, Megaera,existence, if it can be called that, is like a miserable and Alecto. The later poets define the world of the deadmore and more Clearly as the place where the wicked Sleep, and Death, his brother, dwelt in the lowerare punished and the good rewarded.
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