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The Greek Myths (Volume 1) Paperback – December 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition edition (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140010262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140010268
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Craig Barnes cbarnes355@aol.com on February 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Robert Graves, like Joseph Campbell, is one of half a dozen mythographers who are in the top rank of this century. His exhaustive research and comparisons of sources are stunning in scope but instead of being bewildering he has captured the themes and synergies between stories and come to some remarkably cogent conclusions. Graves sees history in the myths rather than psychology, primarily, and believes that they tell veiled stories of real happenings that became emotionally and spiritually significant and therefore ripened into the orthodox Greek religion of the millenium B.C.. Just as the stories, therefore, of Jesus and Moses are also cloaked in a real history, he analyzes the probabilities that the coming of Zeus' patriarchy played a huge role in the formation of the Greek myths, and he tells us credibly how this influence clashed with the beliefs of earlier times. Graves has few peers in the depth and scope and detail of his understanding and because his research is so comprehensive, his conclusions must be given great weight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flint F. Johnson on March 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Robert Graves may have done the most thorough job possible in collecting all the Greek Myths, all the variants and local legends pertaining to it. As a source for raw information on the subject, this is an absolute treasure.

Having said that, he had one flaw. 'The Golden Hind' was a highly influential book at the time he was writing. Most of its premises have been largely disproven now and are mainly ignored in the academic community. Graves explains all the myths, however, using the ideas laid out there. This is a masterpiece, but not for its wild connections. It is a masterpiece of research only.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on February 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a student's edition, and anyone who is seeking to learn the facts behind the popular stories of Greek Mythology could do a lot worse than to start here. Graves walks through each individual myth, noting alternative tellings, and follows each with a discussion on sources and interpretations. The stories themselves are pleasurable, but the emphasis is on an academic viewing of them. Each paragraph is marked with a letter of the alphabet for easy reference. In my copy, published by Penguin, I thought that the type was a little too small and dense, but the format and authenticity of Graves' work make this book definitive for anyone not studying the original texts themselves.
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The book points to the essence of the Greek myths at various levels - the spiritual level of the mysteries, the metaphysical level of Greek philosophical speculations, the historical background as far as we know today, the social level of anthropological studies. The book should be considered a starting point for anybody with interest in Greek myths and Greek culture in general.
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Outstanding!!! The stories are there, and the background explanations will drive you nuts,,as well as intrigue you no end!!! Good,,comprehensive history in the backgrounds!!! Please, keep,the romance and the history separate!!!
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