Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Today I want to present you a very special book. If you are interested in mythologies you are perfectly right here. The book I recommend to you now is called: “Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes” by Edith Hamilton. It was published in 1942.

The book starts with an introduction from Hamilton where she tells her rationale for studing mythology and her perspective of understanding the nature.

Hamilton continues by presenting her collection of myths from a variety of sources and interprets them. “Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes”, as you can already deviate from the name, consists of the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, and also a little bit of Norse mythology. Hamilton writes about the major gods: Zeus, Hera, Athena, Hermes & Ares, Apollo & Artemis, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Hephaestus, Aphrodite and describes them more in details. Therefore she also relinquishes their original Greek names.

The book consists of around 500 pages. As you can imagine there are a lot of interesting stories to discover. You don't need to read the book exactly from the beginning to the end. It's possible to switch during the chapters easily and you still understand the context. That way you are able to read those topics first which you are interested in the most.

I definitely recommend to find out yourself how interesting this book is. It's a book you should have in your own home library.
The New York Times review of this book represents exactly my point of the view about Hamilton's collection of myths: "Ms. Hamilton arranged her rich material with the idea of achieving the maximum sense and readability...(and) making her subject attractive for the reader of today."
I hope I could persuade you to read this fantastic book. Have fun with it.

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