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Read è The Greek Myths 102 ó Including many of the greatest stories ever told the labours of Hercules the voyage of the Argonauts Theseus and the minotaur Midas and his golden touch the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home Robert Graves's superb and comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years Novelist's skill and a poet's eye Graves draws on the entire canon of ancient literature bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic and unforgettable story Ideal for the first time reader it can be read as a single continuous narrative while full commentaries with cross references interpretations variants and explanations as well as a co. 35 Stars Great bookThis book is great for someone who's interested in Greek myths as the title may imply or scream This book is not a commentary on or a history of the myths It is simply the myths wonderfully organized and beautifully told As someone who loves order the organization of this book is a dream Graves divided the book into seven sections and within those sections he titles every myth This is all laid out in the table of contents Only want to read about Io Or The Vengeance of Orestes No problem just find it in the contents and and get reading This also means that you can pick and choose what you want to read without having to flip through the whole book ideal for people only interested in certain charactersmyths One of my favorite sections is the very first one which Graves calls In the Beginning As the name implies this section deals with the creation of the universe and the big or main gods and goddesses I found it interesting to think about and compare the few different creation myths Graves includes the Pelasgian Homeric and Orphic and Olympian creation myths My personal favorite is Homeric and Orphic myth in large part because of the character of Night The character is so beautifully written that I wanted a whole story about her I also want to note that I will always love the story of the birth of Aphrodite It's pretty hard not to picture Botticelli's The Birth of Venus most consider Venus the Roman euivalent to Aphrodite Be warned there is a whole lot of incest going on view spoilerand rape hide spoiler

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Mprehensive index of names make it eually valuable as a work of scholarly reference for anyone seeking an authoritative and detailed account of the gods heroes and extraordinary events that provide the bedrock of Western literatureThe result is a classic among classics a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own rig. There are several pros and cons to this book Pros It’s very comprehensive in that it covers just about all the Greek mythologyCons It’s very focused towards the academic Each myth is told a break neck speed with a bare bones of story followed by a list or sources and then a list of how the myth came to be with interpretations of historical eventspersons basically and entomology This would be an invaluable tool to an academic but as some one who only wanted to read and enjoy the stories I skipped all that and conseuently probably only read half the near 750 pages Also in order to be academic each character is given their lineage which in a cast of thousands becomes tiresome Also each possible source is given a brief mention which becomes again tiresome For example Graves might write a couple of paragraphs describing how a character murdered a king with a spear married his wife and begat several children He then has a paragraph where he adds “others say” or “it’s said elsewhere” that it was in fact the named character that killed the king or if he did it was with a bow and arrow or that it was the kings wife who killed him and then killed the named character and was then turned into an olive tree as punishment by the Gods Graves should be confident enough in his researchtranslations to just present the story as he believes it unfoldedAll in all I wish the stories could have been entertainingly told with some effort towards dialogue etc but that would mean the book would probably be 3000 pages As I said previously with this being aimed at the academic I guess it’s not uite the book for those who just want to enjoy the highly entertaining stories that mythology represents

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The Greek MythsIncluding many of the greatest stories ever told the labours of Hercules the voyage of the Argonauts Theseus and the minotaur Midas and his golden touch the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home Robert Graves's superb and comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years as the definitive versionWith a. The Folio Society published this rather splendid two volume book of The Greek Myths by Robert Graves in 1996 I purchased it then but I basically only looked at it from time to time when I wanted to know about certain myths or gods and thus there was always something that I could look up which would give me pleasureThis is not a book for the faint hearted as well to me anyway it is an excellent reference book that I will pick up from time to time and browse through it or look for further information I don’t think that I could actually have sat down and read this from cover to cover as there is too much factual information and some of the names can be uite confusingAlso there were certain facts that I had in my head that I certainly proved to be wrong here Little things I know but I always thought that it was Pandora’s box and not the jar and I had never even heard of The Sprites until I arrived at this part of the book Also the Minotaur well my own interpretation of that was completely wrongBut when you think about the Greek Myths it wasn’t until I went through this introduction that I found out the followingThe Romans who annexed Greece in the second century BC modified the Olympian religion to include their own local gods and practices but otherwise simply took Greek stories over lock stock and barrel Sometimes names were changed as when Aphrodite became Venus or Odysseus Ulysses; sometimes they were actually spelled differently as when Asclepius became Aesculapius; sometimes no changes at all were made so that stories with a particular Green location such as the spring of Hippocrene near Thebes created when the winged horse Pegasus stamped his hoof on a rock were accepted uite happily by people who had never otherwise heard of or seen the originals”So really all one can do about this rather complicated book as I’ve done is to concentrate on for example Pandora as she fascinates me to begin with and find out who she’s related to which in itself is like being on an odyssey and working out from there as if I were a spider on the web awaiting my next “kill”The Greek God Hermes Mercury to the Romans and the son of Zeus I have a particular fondness for Many years ago I was in a garden centre in England and I saw this lovely little bronze statue of Mercury I paid a lot for it than I should have done but I knew that a pay cheue was around the corner and now it sits in my lounge Perhaps it should be in the garden but I like to be reminded of it So Mercury sorry Hermes I stand corrected Strange really but Hermes is one of my favourite perfumesMy only fault with this book lies with the two volumes the index is at the end of the second one which is fair enough but it is still annoying when searching for an individual and then finding that it spans the two booksThis is a delightful book and will give me pleasure for many years So try it if you haven’t already You may like it