By (author) Edith Hamilton

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 33mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316341517
  • ISBN 13: 9780316341516
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 50 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 47,817

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This 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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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.

Editorial reviews

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)