I just finished reading Mythology

United States
January 17, 2007 7:10am CST
by Edith Hamilton. It was so good. I knew almost nothing of the Greek and Norse myths. It was so fasinating to see how some of the stories are still around today although in different fashions. And most of them were good general life lessons. It is def a book I would read to my children - once they got a little older.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 May 07
That's fantastic...Edith Hamilton's book on mythology is a classic, just like Bulfinch's Mythology...have you read that yet??? And I was virtually weaned on the mythologies..
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• United States
18 May 07
No I haven't but I will keep that in mind! Thanks for the referral!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 May 07
I think but I'm not sure, but I think I still have a paperback of E. Hamilton's book...it was a copy I got back in the days when paperbacks were only about $1.75!!! Can you imagine that??
• Namibia
9 May 07
I love myths and mythology. Started reading them since I was 6 years old. Even have a few in my library at home now. Sadly my children are not interested. I've tried everything to get them to read mythology and they just don't care. When I was little everyone knew who Thor, Eros, Achilles, Hercules, Loki (my favourite), Peggasus and the rest was. Now if say someone's hairdo looks like Medussa - they have no idea what you are talking about. Really sad actually.
• United States
11 May 07
It's funny how things go in and out of circulation. Maybe your Grandkids will find them fascinating :)
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• Namibia
11 May 07
I realy hope so, but as my boys are 15 and 19, I don't see any grantkids soon...but I'll keep the books for them anyway (and for myself)
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@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I have the book from my junior year at high school. It is beat-up a bit, but I love the stories in it then as much as I do now. This book is a keeper and Edith Hamilton as the author rocks! In fact, my "Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes" book has that smell I adore via it being produced in 1940/42. Edith Hamiton's pic on the back cover has her looking sophisticated. If I was the author, I would be proud, too! This book is so good, it should be translated like Chaucer's material, and handled in the same manner. I cannot say enough positive things about this Mythology book.
• United States
21 Mar 07
Thanks for your response! It is a really great book. I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed the myths. I really just wanted to educate myself because I new virtually nothing of them. But I came away with so much more.
@thekiwi (588)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I have this book sitting on the shelf write now! its brand new, and i never really thought to read it, but if you say its good i'll give it a try!! I love to learn about mythology and stuff like that but i thought it was some made up wahoo, or something like that...lol
• United States
7 Mar 07
Oh it probably is but it's still very interesting stories. I just look at it like some really good ficition with some really good morals.
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I read that book when I was still in high school. It was the book that sparked my interest in Greek Mythology. After that, I began several books containing mythological Greek stories. My favorite story is still probably that of Psyche and Cupid. I don't why. Also, if you're a fan of Norse myths, I'd suggest reading Beowulf. I can't remember if it was Norse or not, but that's what it reminded me of when I read it.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I haven't read Beowulf but my husband has and he said the same thing. It's hard for me to read old English literture because of the way they talked back then. It's too distracting to me. LOL
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I just looked it up in my local library to see if I could check it out. :) It sounds like something I would be interested in. Did you know that this book was copyrighted and first printed in 1942? Wow! That is an old book and must be great if it was re-printed in 1998! I am going to have to reserve it to check it out! Thanks for the great suggestion on a book!
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• United States
19 Jan 07
No problem. I really enjoyed it and let me know what you think when you finish it!
@patrice7 (1194)
• United States
17 Jan 07
good for you!. i have read that book 2 years ago and i really loved it. the main focus i think of that book is the greek myth since only few pages were dedicated to the norse myth. anyway isnt it amazing that as you read the book you feel you are there and with the story?. it is fascinating indeed to know the lives of the gods and goddesses, to know where they have come from and the rivalries that they encounter. you can also learn lessons from the stories. the love stories are great there and very magical indeed. the gods turn people into trees. i loved the story of the iliad found in that book and also of the odyssey. the adventures of odysseus was really quite a read right?. imagine meeting the cyclops, meating the old man of the sea, the sirens which kills a man with their lovely voices, the witch and many more. the creatures are also fascinating, like pegasus the winged horse, the chimeara, the gorgons, the harpies, the sphinx, cereberus the 3 headed dog, the dragon which hercules tackled and many more great and ferocious creatures!. i just loved reading the book!. and by the way my favorite goddess is athena and i just love the story about her punishing the girl arachne for challenging her skills in the arts and craft. athena turned her into a spider which weaves its home and so we have the term arachnid for spiders!. its great isnt it?. i think that if you tell some of the stories in the book to your children, they'd like it and beg you for more. well that book really is a very good book to read as it allows you to get to know the gods, goddesses and creatures of the greek and norse myth.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I totally agree. It was great. It was also interesting to see the creatures and myths that Charmed dealt with too in the show. I didn't know anything about the Furies or Vahalla when the shows came on.
• United States
17 Jan 07
I don't know a lot of mythology, but I do know that Nike is the Goddess of Victory and that makes me very happy. ~Donna
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