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    DescriptionThis volume aims to bring to life for the modern reader, the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. Readers are introduced to the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla and can follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche and mighty King Midas, and discover the origins of the names of the constellations. The book explores the reference points for works of art, literature and cultural inquiry.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edith Hamilton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780316341516
    ISBN 10: 0316341517

    BIC subject category V2: GBC
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CUS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF, DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET190
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SCANDN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 65
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 292.13
    DC21: 292.13
    B&T Approval Code: A13280000
    DC22: 292.1/3
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BL311 .H345 1998
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, GBC, DSBB
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    50 line drawings
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown and Company
    Publication date
    03 February 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Edith Hamilton (1868 - 1963) grew up in Indiana and became headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore. On retiring, she wrote about the civilizations of the ancient world and gained world renown as a classicist. She was named an honorary citizen of Athens in 1957 by King Paul of Greece.
    Review text
    Rather a sweeping title for a book of which nine tenths of the space is given to the classic myths, one tenth to the Norse myths, and nothing to mythology of the rest of the world. Aside from this matter of definition, it is a first rate scholarly handling of material, most of which is familiar from childhood. An introduction explains her approach, the selection of the versions as handled best, whether by "esiod, Virgil, Ovid, Pindar, Aeschylus, Aristophanes and of course, Homer. Then a section is devoted to what is virtually a dictionary of the characters of Greek mythology. The actual myths follow, with each section preceded by a paragraph explaining the origin, the source of material, etc. Myths of creation, flower myths, hero myths, Trojan War, Odysseus, myths of the House of Atreus, of Thebes, and so on. All the favorite and familiar stories are here, and many less familiar. Having been brought up on the assumption that culture and breeding were intimately linked with complete familiarity with Greek mythology (I hold no brief for the theory - simply state the fact), I found this delightful. (Kirkus Reviews)