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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for entertainment or education, July 19, 2000
This review is from: Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (Mass Market Paperback)
Hamilton's mythology deserves its place with Bulfinch's mythology as one of the primary anthologies of classical mythology. Although the book covers Greek/Roman myths thoroughly, the Norse myths are touched upon only briefly, which is why I have given the book four stars rather than five. Nonetheless, the quality of the book is excellent, and it is useful as a volume to be read for entertainment, and as a classroom primer (I myself have taught a Mythology class using it as the primary textbook). Hamilton's retellings are engaging, and her scholasticism is evident throughout--a small example is her use of the less popular Roman names for the primary gods (Jupiter, Juno, Mars, etc.) when they are found in myths of Roman origin. Hamilton also includes information at the beginning of most chapters about the source of the myth and its author, which is very helpful. She synthesizes the longer myths, such as the Trojan War (found in the Iliad) and the quest for the golden fleece in such a way as to highlight their major events and give the reader a flavor of their content. Overall, I have not encountered a better survey of classical mythology in one volume. Incidentally, if the reader desires more information on the Norse Myths, I recommend Kevin Crossley-Holland's Norse Myths, which is also an excellent volume.
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2010 12:40:11 PM PDT
KaptinKate says:
I agree, i was also disappointed that the author did not go into further detail about Norse Mythology. Thank you for the book recommendation though!

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 4:53:00 AM PST
Paul T. says:
Calling the Trojan War a myth is iffy, like calling Jesus a myth. Both seem likely to have been (at least last I checked) actually rooted in historical fact. But both are then handled/used in mythological re-tellings/re-castings.

Posted on May 4, 2016 4:24:05 PM PDT
Abby Lucarz says:
Hi, I am looking for a collection of Greek myths especially, starting with Gaia and moving into titans and down into the Gods. Does this book cover all the myths and legends?
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