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A keystone of our culture is the body of myth and legend of the ancient Western world--stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity since time immemorial. Hamilton's renowned classic brings this legacy to life anew, with impeccably accurate and accessible retellings of eternally spellbinding tales.

A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes...

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Overview

A keystone of our culture is the body of myth and legend of the ancient Western world--stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity since time immemorial. Hamilton's renowned classic brings this legacy to life anew, with impeccably accurate and accessible retellings of eternally spellbinding tales.

A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths. Includes a brief section on Norse mythology.

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New Yorker
Edith Hamilton retells the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths with a sure taste and scholarship that help to restore their quality as perennial and refreshing fables about human nature, including our own.
New York Times Book Review
No one in modern times has shown us more vividly than Edith Hamilton 'the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.' Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literarure, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago.
The New Yorker
"Edith Hamilton retells the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths with a sure taste and scholarship that help to restore their quality as perennial and refreshing fables about human nature, including our own."
New York Times
"No one in modern times has shown us more vividly than Edith Hamilton 'the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.' Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago."
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"Edith Hamilton retells the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths with a sure taste and scholarship that help to restore their quality as perennial and refreshing fables about human nature, including our own."—The New Yorker

"No one in modern times has shown us more vividly than Edith Hamilton 'the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.' Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago."—New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316341141
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/18/2005
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Through the first quarter of the twentieth century she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Upon retiring, she began to write about the civilizations of the ancient world and soon gained world renown as a classicist. Her celebrated and bestselling books include Mythology, The Greek Way, The Roman Way, and The Echo of Greece. She regarded as the high point of her life a 1957 ceremony in which King Paul of Greece named her an honorary citizen of Athens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Definitely should have been better

    I first read Edith Hamilton in 8th grade, because I needed a general overview of a lot of mythology. Though I didn't know it at the time, Hamilton's stories are rather general; they don't include a lot of important character names and events. In that sense she's a bit like Bulfinch. It's good for someone new to mythology but anyone looking for something more comprehensive should look into Robert Graves.

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    I liked it!

    How come everyone is giving it one star? I was in 6th grade when I bought/read this, and this told me all I wanted to know about mythologly. Sure, the names got me confused, but it was a good read.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Boring

    I had to read this book for english and it is poorly written. Edith Hamilton has no idea how to use fun or interesting grammer. This book is one the most boring books i have ever read. I actually enjoyed mythology and she has made me hate it. It is no longer interesting to me.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Good

    I'm in academic superbowl at school, our topic being Greek mythology. This book helps me to study, and I recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    School book

    Had to read this for school it was okay

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    O.K.

    When i picked up the book, I thought "Hmm, I like mythology and I like to read". So, a perfect choice, right? Meh...it was okay, but not great. Don't get me wrong, Edith Hamilton is a good author, but she needs to put some life into her books. Most of the things I read was banal and lifeless. To be honest, the first part of the book is nothing but banter about how she found information and what we're about to read means. This book is intended for anyone wanting to learn more about mythology, but only if you have a lot of time on your hands and nothing to do.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Wow.........BORING!

    For a second i thought reading was fun, except for this book. I was so bored i barely understood it. if u hav 2 read this, just go to sparknotes, it'll save u from extreme boredom, that a fact

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Ken

    Whoa dead rp

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    I love greek/roman and egyptian gods and goddesses and mythology

    I wish I could know more about Greek mythology. I have the actual book. Did you know that Zues' father, Cronos, swollowed all of his siblings whole becuase he heard that they would be a thret to the crown. The mother of Zues tricked Cronos by hiding Zues as a baby in a cave on Mount Olypus. Instead of giving Cronos Zues she gave him a large rock wrapped in a blanket. He swollowed it qhole without noticing. When Zues grew up he gave Cronos something to make him puke up his brothers and sisters. First the rock and than the rest came up. (Thats got to hurt) He loved to have sex so he married and heard that she would become a thret so he did just what his father did, swollowed her whole. Then he married his sister. She groiped with the rest of the brothers and sisters and chained Zues when he was asleep. The thousand-handers helped him, as like with the war against his father.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    One word...Amazing! Every story, every detail from cover to cove

    One word...Amazing! Every story, every detail from cover to cover. Parables galore and I think all the characters were in it. Edith Hamilton really outdid herself. I'm a fan of Mythology and NOTHING that I have read relating to it tops this. One of the best reads ever! Two thumbs up! d(^u^)b

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Horrible

    I love reading mythology but this book ruined it for me. I had to read it for my 10th grade English class. I was looking forward to reading it until i started it. I didn't like how the book overviewed all the stories instead of telling them. I also didn't like that fact that the author switched between the Latin and Greek names of the gods. Another thing was the fact that she took the stories from different books and mixed the stories. I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite If you are

    Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite

    If you are looking for a classic book to listen to while driving to work or across the country, look no further than “Mythology” by Edith Hamilton. This audio book enriches a car ride and lets its readers get lost in stories of heroes, kings, gods, and goddesses. The quality of the stories captured in this volume is excellent and the retelling by Hamilton engages the reader, or, in this case, the listener. One of the best features of this unabridged collection is the fact that Hamilton includes the source of the myth before it is told, helping to shape the background for the listener. It was quite pleasant to see the names that my classmates and I had struggled with during high school flow so effortlessly off the narrator’s tongue.

    The most disappointing feature of this audio book has to deal with a lack in the original text. There is an overabundance of Greek and Roman mythology, with relatively little to no Norse mythology. However, this is not to say that “Mythology” is a disappointing read. Although this selection does not pay as much attention to the Norse myths as might be hoped, given that they are “advertised” as an equal partner with the Greek and Roman myths, there is enough material there to satisfy an initial jump into the world of the Vikings’ gods and goddesses. I personally have always loved myths and fairy tales, and the fact that I can listen to these stories and give my eyes a break is wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    Great Book!

    I read this book just for fun, because I've always loved Greek mythology and my friend told me that this book was really good. And so far, out of all of the mythology books I've read, this was my favorite. It includes all of the most popular myths and also some little-known myths. It even has a little about Norse mythology, which I also find interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    unforgettable book

    One of my favorite books thru my whole life. Edith Hamilton was a well-versed Greek scholar, and takes everything in her book from the originals. She also gives us constant tastes of those originals. Norse legends thrown in as well. A book filled with wonders, no child should grow up without it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    blew me away........

    this book is absolutely perfect. i could not put this one down. it grabs you from the very introduction into a world that only the vast minds of the Greeks and Romans could have imagined. it goes into a lot of depth to get the gods, monsters, mortals, and warriors of all the Greek and Roman stories across to the reader. i highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a better look into the world of Greek and Roman mythology. the stories are very informative, telling why what happened, whether or not for this reason or that. this book was a completely and outstandingly well-written book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Awesoe

    Awsome..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Awsome

    I loved this book. It was awesome . I learned alot about greek and roman mythology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    I Loved it! great book it covers everything you need to know abo

    I Loved it! great book it covers everything you need to know about mythology edith Hamilton is a great writer and her book is great too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    School

    Reading this now for my english class. It can be a bit confusing but after a while you get used to her form of writing amd everything begins to make sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    A good overview of mythology


    Like many others, I read this for school it is a good book.

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