by Edith Hamilton
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Mythology by Edith Hamilton

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780316223348
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 152,682
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About 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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Mythology 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in academic superbowl at school, our topic being Greek mythology. This book helps me to study, and I recommend it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Courtney_Books More than 1 year ago
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.
SacredPage More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read this for school it was okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JamieDillon More than 1 year ago
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.
thirsting_for_knowledge More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was awesome . I learned alot about greek and roman mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I am already half way through it (I got it like a day ago). It is worth $7. Buy it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love anything mythology related, especially greek myths. If you enjoy them as much as I do, than this is the book for you. Vm-
Justin_Wheeler More than 1 year ago
When i picked up the book, I thought "Hmm, I like mythology and I like to read". So, a perfect choice, right? 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was confusing at the beginjing and pretty boring but then you start to understqnd it and start to like it.
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I am reading the book because it is the book of choice for Pre-AP English. It is very interesting and I am learning more on the myths that I already knew. It is just fact at first but then it gets into the stories and becomes more interesting. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Greek and Roman mythology.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like many others, I read this for school it is a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good if your looking for a basic understanding but you will need other books for the full story