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Bulfinch's Mythology

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Must Read!

Bulfinch does a great job of retelling the classic Greek/Roman myths of antiquity as well as the myths of Old Europe including, among others, Arthur, Charlemange, Orlando, and Thor. One part that stands out is the Mabinogeon which (and this is noted on page 561 of the M...
Bulfinch does a great job of retelling the classic Greek/Roman myths of antiquity as well as the myths of Old Europe including, among others, Arthur, Charlemange, Orlando, and Thor. One part that stands out is the Mabinogeon which (and this is noted on page 561 of the Modern Library edition) has a Thousand and One Nights fell to it. One part that appeared to not fit into the book at all was Chapter 37 of The Age of Fable, which hastily describes a portion of Eastern Mythology. Although this section has no true faults with the information, one gets the sense that Bulfinch quickly threw the myths together and since he didn't have room for them anywhere else he put them in this chapter. Although it does not take away from the quality of the book it might have been better had Bulfinch chosen either to elaborate slightly on the myths or to not include them altogether. However, for an introduction to classical mythology for the reader who is having trouble understanding Byron or Milton or Shakespeare or a hundred other classical European and American writers this book is a godsend. Bulfinch tailored this book to just this kind of reader. At times it may seem a bit dry, but Bulfinch intended his work to be used as a reference mainly (which is why he included a great index in the back of The Age of Fable).
For those readers who are interested in mythology as an end unto itself, I recommend this work as your main road map through this sometimes confusing trail. Robert Graves and Edith Hamilton's works are good also but in my opinion Bulfinch outdoes both of them. From here you will definitely want to look at the Madrus and Mathers 4 vol. edition of the Thousand Nights and One Night (that is the full title) if you liked the Eastern feel that you get in Chapter 37 in the Age of Fable and the Mabinogeon. If you are interested in the Greek and Roman myths mainly go straight to the horses mouth and read Ovid, Homer, and Virgil. For more European mythology, Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur is indespensable. I recommend Penguin's two volume edition but with some hesitation, as the annotation is a bit strange, making you flip back and forth between the front of the book and the back of the book. However, Penguin prints out almost every major mythological story, ranging from the Medieval French Romances to the Icelandic Sagas. As stated before, let Bulfinch lead you through this mass of myths, he knows what he's doing.

posted by ClassicReaderBW on February 8, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good content but terrible editing.

The material is timeless and interesting. Although the book is very inexpensive, the editing is atrocious. There many misspellings, words, phrases and in some cases, entire sentences simply missing.
I would suggest that if you are going to do it, take the time to do ...
The material is timeless and interesting. Although the book is very inexpensive, the editing is atrocious. There many misspellings, words, phrases and in some cases, entire sentences simply missing.
I would suggest that if you are going to do it, take the time to do it correctly.

posted by 8979460 on April 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    I read it in 6th grade

    I read this book and i was in sixth grade so what does that guy have against 7th and 6th graders

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    ehh....

    In my opinion, tthis book doesn't do much of a good job. Nnott worth your time.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    This masterpiece is great for all ages. It is easy enough to read for say an eighth grader but true enough for a woman say at the age of 50. It is truly inspiring and worth reading. Greek Mythology is incredible and entertaining. It is worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    How many chapters

    How many chapters does this edition have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Nan

    I love this book

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    Posted May 17, 2013

    I NEED TO JOIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Great Read!!!!

    really captivates your imagination, well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Oylmpia to Hades

    What sort of greek god am i and who am i the daughter of.

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    Posted March 24, 2013

    Aphrodite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    This is a great book

    Im a kid and I love Roman and Greek history.

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    Posted March 17, 2013

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    Posted March 17, 2013

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    Posted March 7, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Tara to all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

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    "Where is Posiden?"

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    Posted June 19, 2013

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    Posted February 27, 2013

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    Posted February 20, 2013

    Chase to everyone

    Runs in with a sword im here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    A demigod

    Its at halfblood third result. Remember halfblood THIRD RESULT! NOT FIRST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Question

    Where is the demigod camp?

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