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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Edith Hamilton
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1. August 1999

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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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grand Central Publishing; Auflage: WARNER BOOKS. (1. August 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0446607258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446607254
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,8 x 2,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (29 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 446.127 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. "The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like," Hamilton explains in her introduction. "They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like--a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendents intellectually, artistically, and politically. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves." Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle- and high-school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature. --Gail Hudson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


"Ms. Hamilton arranged her rich material with the idea of achieving the maximum sense and readability...(and) making her subject attractive for the reader of today."-- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good book for entertainment or education 19. Juli 2000
Hamilton's mythology deserves its place with Bulfinch's mythology as one of the primary anthologies of classical mythology. Although the book covers Greek/Roman myths thoroughly, the Norse myths are touched upon only briefly, which is why I have given the book four stars rather than five. Nonetheless, the quality of the book is excellent, and it is useful as a volume to be read for entertainment, and as a classroom primer (I myself have taught a Mythology class using it as the primary textbook). Hamilton's retellings are engaging, and her scholasticism is evident throughout--a small example is her use of the less popular Roman names for the primary gods (Jupiter, Juno, Mars, etc.) when they are found in myths of Roman origin. Hamilton also includes information at the beginning of most chapters about the source of the myth and its author, which is very helpful. She synthesizes the longer myths, such as the Trojan War (found in the Iliad) and the quest for the golden fleece in such a way as to highlight their major events and give the reader a flavor of their content. Overall, I have not encountered a better survey of classical mythology in one volume. Incidentally, if the reader desires more information on the Norse Myths, I recommend Kevin Crossley-Holland's Norse Myths, which is also an excellent volume.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Compendium on Greek Mythology 21. Juni 2000
Here is an inexpenive paperback that will give you a wonderful intro to the Greek Myths...the stories are weel presented and Hamilton tries to preserve the flavor of each individual Greek source...thus some stories here are more detailed, even gory; others read more like fairy tales...the author does have a strong bias towards using Roman sources which she finds overblown; thus she always steers the reader in the direction of the aesthetic simplicity of original Greek sources...I believe Bulfinch is a good alternate read if you want some of the Roman versions...but for the majority of us who don't have time to gather all the original but want to broaden our knowledge on Greek mythology, I can think of no better volume than this is also an enjoyable read in of it's own
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Grain of Salt 18. Mai 2000
While it is certainly true that Edith Hamilton is a standby in the field of Classics, her telling of myths must be taken with a grain of salt. A product of her time and education, she has a tendancy to try and force a quasi-Christian mythos on Greek legends ie a Savior figure being slain and resurrected. Although this is a good introduction, particularly for younger folk, it should be viewed as a springboard and no more. It is easy to read, and relatively well laid out, but anyone with a serious interest in Greek mythology and mindset should look elsewhere for a truer understanding and appreciation, one that does not force or contrive Christian parallels.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The crown of all mythology books out there 7. Juli 1999
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This book is hot, it kicks, it rocks, it rules. Can't say it enough; this is phenomenal storytelling, this is pure unsullied love for classic myth, this is beautiful. You cannot find a more complete source than this. All the stories are there, all the details, every little insignificant character. You want animated tale-spinning, you have it here. All the passion and the morals and the humour and the fire and the history and the charm and the beauty and the mystery...collected into this single volume. It's a crime not to read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oh my gods! 19. Dezember 2005
Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes is a very basic, very popular and very good text for the introduction of Greek and Roman mythology. In our Western culture, the term 'mythology' is most often equated with these tales, and this book, first written before World War II, has helped to reinforce that equation with the current generations of readers.
Those looking for the mythological stories of other cultures will be disappointed -- with the exception of a brief section on Norse mythology at the end (about five percent of the entire volume), it covers nothing outside the Greek and Roman pantheons. Of course, part of the difficulty of approaching mythology of other cultures is that, in many instances, it is not mythology to them; or, in the case of mythology, one needs a firmer grounding in the culture and religious aspects of that culture before the mythology becomes accessible.
Hamilton (raised, as I was astonished to discover, in Indiana, where I currently reside) studied at Bryn Mawr, and had a distinguished teacher career in addition to writing this useful text. Hamilton's writing is not complicated and very easy to follow -- this has made this text one used in high school and undergraduate courses in Greek and Roman mythology more frequently perhaps than any other text produced in this century.
Hamilton begins the text with an essay giving an overview of what mythology is, and what the purpose of it was.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen All You'll Likely Need 14. Mai 2000
"Mythology" covers all the major and most minor Greek, Norse and Roman gods, goddesses, stories and locales. Edith Hamilton makes no pretenses that this is all there is to say on mythology, but she gives a reader a fine start.
Hamilton puts them into sensible structures so beginners can learn in a context which are easy to understand. She provides major section titles helping readers get straight to the required story, like "Stories of Love and Adventure" You'll find "Cupid and Psyche" as a chapter.
Chapters are named mostly by story like, "The Trojan War."
She quotes from the sources, so the reader knows how it is she got her information.
Character-driven in format, readers can look up a name, find the subtitle with that name, and read why that character matters. She writes narratively, sounding a little like "Cliff's Notes." This is a good thing, because the poetry from which these myths are drawn can be overwhelming.
Nicely organized is the geneological table section. It looks like a family tree, in a English royalty kind of way.
As a writer, I use it for a quick reference guide. I usually only need a few nuggets of information, and she gives me plenty. I first acquired it high school, using it to get out of those tough jams when I did not understand books like "The Odyssey," by Homer.
More than mere reference, "Mythology" is good reading for no other purpose than serendipitous curiosity.
I fully recommend it.
Anthony Trendl
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent starting point in Greek Mythology
This book offers an excellent introduction to Greek mythology, which I found accessible and engaging. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2000 von Kevin Morrill
5.0 von 5 Sternen Big Thumbs Up
A must read if you enjoy Greek mythology. Hamilton presents each character in both their Greek & Roman titles so you can cross-reference from the various mythology books out... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth While
Though it is long and the gods have very difficult names if you you get through the first chapter or so you a rewarded with unbelievably amazing stories. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Februar 2000 von "rmmuffin"
Long ago in pre-history, 1973 to be exact, in the age of vinyl records, before the Internet and Play Station and Cable T.V. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Januar 2000 von no longer a customer
5.0 von 5 Sternen long but awesome
long but awesome. action-packed, drama-packed, AND educational! what more could you want?
Veröffentlicht am 16. Dezember 1999 von Jack Collens
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book
I thought this book was wonderful. It gives a very accurate description of Greek mythology. Anyone who loves mythology should own this book.
Am 5. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great and accurate book. Relatively descriptive stories.
Great and accurate book. Relatively descriptive stories.
Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 1999 von Cameron Walker
4.0 von 5 Sternen easy to read over-view of greek and roman mythology
I'm actually reviewing the 1969 edition of this, which was a very well organized and informative introduction to most of the characters of greek/roman mythology. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. September 1999 veröffentlicht
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