by Edith Hamilton


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The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.

Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry-from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra

Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, Mythology is a classic not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613839553
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/01/1977
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Through the first quarter of the twentieth century she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Upon retiring, she began to write about the civilizations of the ancient world and soon gained world renown as a classicist. Her celebrated and bestselling books include Mythology, The Greek Way, The Roman Way, and The Echo of Greece. She regarded as the high point of her life a 1957 ceremony in which King Paul of Greece named her an honorary citizen of Athens.

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Mythology 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 196 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Edith Hamilton in 8th grade, because I needed a general overview of a lot of mythology. Though I didn't know it at the time, Hamilton's stories are rather general; they don't include a lot of important character names and events. In that sense she's a bit like Bulfinch. It's good for someone new to mythology but anyone looking for something more comprehensive should look into Robert Graves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in academic superbowl at school, our topic being Greek mythology. This book helps me to study, and I recommend it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite If you are looking for a classic book to listen to while driving to work or across the country, look no further than “Mythology” by Edith Hamilton. This audio book enriches a car ride and lets its readers get lost in stories of heroes, kings, gods, and goddesses. The quality of the stories captured in this volume is excellent and the retelling by Hamilton engages the reader, or, in this case, the listener. One of the best features of this unabridged collection is the fact that Hamilton includes the source of the myth before it is told, helping to shape the background for the listener. It was quite pleasant to see the names that my classmates and I had struggled with during high school flow so effortlessly off the narrator’s tongue. The most disappointing feature of this audio book has to deal with a lack in the original text. There is an overabundance of Greek and Roman mythology, with relatively little to no Norse mythology. However, this is not to say that “Mythology” is a disappointing read. Although this selection does not pay as much attention to the Norse myths as might be hoped, given that they are “advertised” as an equal partner with the Greek and Roman myths, there is enough material there to satisfy an initial jump into the world of the Vikings’ gods and goddesses. I personally have always loved myths and fairy tales, and the fact that I can listen to these stories and give my eyes a break is wonderful.
Courtney_Books More than 1 year ago
How come everyone is giving it one star? I was in 6th grade when I bought/read this, and this told me all I wanted to know about mythologly. Sure, the names got me confused, but it was a good read.
SacredPage More than 1 year ago
One word...Amazing! Every story, every detail from cover to cover. Parables galore and I think all the characters were in it. Edith Hamilton really outdid herself. I'm a fan of Mythology and NOTHING that I have read relating to it tops this. One of the best reads ever! Two thumbs up! d(^u^)b
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read this for school it was okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book just for fun, because I've always loved Greek mythology and my friend told me that this book was really good. And so far, out of all of the mythology books I've read, this was my favorite. It includes all of the most popular myths and also some little-known myths. It even has a little about Norse mythology, which I also find interesting.
JamieDillon More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books thru my whole life. Edith Hamilton was a well-versed Greek scholar, and takes everything in her book from the originals. She also gives us constant tastes of those originals. Norse legends thrown in as well. A book filled with wonders, no child should grow up without it.
thirsting_for_knowledge More than 1 year ago
this book is absolutely perfect. i could not put this one down. it grabs you from the very introduction into a world that only the vast minds of the Greeks and Romans could have imagined. it goes into a lot of depth to get the gods, monsters, mortals, and warriors of all the Greek and Roman stories across to the reader. i highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a better look into the world of Greek and Roman mythology. the stories are very informative, telling why what happened, whether or not for this reason or that. this book was a completely and outstandingly well-written book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Name: Ash, stone Parents: Hades (god of the dead) and sarah stone Looks: has dark brown hair that are a little shorter than her shoulders. Has dark brown eyes, and she has a pale complexion. Usually she wears a black hoodie with sweat pants and vans. Personality: she usually is alone (like most of hades children) she is a intorvert. She's actually not that bad once u meet her, she has a lil dark personality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was awesome . I learned alot about greek and roman mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Loved it! great book it covers everything you need to know about mythology edith Hamilton is a great writer and her book is great too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I am already half way through it (I got it like a day ago). It is worth $7. Buy it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love anything mythology related, especially greek myths. If you enjoy them as much as I do, than this is the book for you. Vm-
Justin_Wheeler More than 1 year ago
When i picked up the book, I thought "Hmm, I like mythology and I like to read". So, a perfect choice, right? was okay, but not great. Don't get me wrong, Edith Hamilton is a good author, but she needs to put some life into her books. Most of the things I read was banal and lifeless. To be honest, the first part of the book is nothing but banter about how she found information and what we're about to read means. This book is intended for anyone wanting to learn more about mythology, but only if you have a lot of time on your hands and nothing to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age:18 Brunette with short hair Daughter of Poseidon Loves the water as well as wielding it as a weapon Mother: unknown dead Father: poseidon Sister: faith Poseidon cabin 5"4 skinny green eyes that swirl with blue Has been alone since 16 years old, since mother died
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Godly parent: Poseiden Age: 17 Looks: Around 5'5... jet black shiny curly hair to her waist... normally seen in skinny jeans amd a crop top..... Likes: sports... water Dislikes: fakeness... cowardice... haters...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Daphene Silvix <br> Age:17 <br> Gender: &#9792 <br> Parents: Posiedon and Unknown <br> Personality: meet her <br> Appearance: long thick brown hair, hazel eyes, tan complexion, about 6ft tall, well muscled, lithe, but strong. Usually wears a green t-shirt, blue jeans, neon blue sneakers, and a gray hoodie tied around her waist. <br> Other: ask me in the chatroom <br> I think thats everything ill update if its not <br> ~Nyx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the book that my high school teacher used when I was being introduced to Greek mythology 35 years ago. I have owned a copy ever since.
moonstruckeuphoria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't completely read through this entirely, half the fun and education was skimming through and relearning much of what I retained a few years back. I enjoyed how it was structured and how it basically took you back in time to that mysterious place of the minds of humanity. It brings you into a state of mind in which you can imagine the artists who created these figures and makes you feel like an anthropologist in the meantime.
endersreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in my highschool Latin class--long ago when I thought I might have made it through a 2nd year of Latin. The dumbed-down sheeple of my society don't put any value on myths, or much of anything but psychotropics and entertainment. Something priceless lays here. These stories are extremely important to understanding ourselves, our past, our planispheres, and the future. Without sounding too Sitchin-like, I will simply say that these are the rememberances of the b'nai Elohim, amongst other things. Ms. Hamilton provides us an excellent place to start to understand our (un)reality. Don't drink too much of the Eleusian blue potion, and enjoy the illustrations. The myths of other cultures, times, and places await you; all holding a golden thread of uniformity.
MickyFine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to talk about this book on two levels. On the first level is considering the book as a collection of paraphrases of Greek and Roman mythology. On this level, it's a perfectly adequate book and serves as a decent reference source for a reader that might run across allusions to Theseus, Ariadne, or Agamemnon in other readings. Hamilton covers a wide breadth of myths in relatively brief space and keeps the language at a level that makes comprehensible for a non-academic.The second level is about the tone Hamilton uses when she talks about myths, writers, and Norse mythology as a whole. It is not good. She comes across as condescending, pretentious, and superior, and for reasons that escape me, includes "the important parts" of Norse mythology in just 10 pages or so. In talking about one Greek writer, she describes him as "boring, but less boring in this tale." A lot of this is likely the product of this book being originally published in 1942 but the lack of cultural relativism drove me a little crazy. My view of the book is particularly tainted by this as the Norse mythology section is at the end and this approach of Hamilton's is in strongest evidence there. If you're looking for a decent reference source on Greek mythology, this isn't bad to get the gist of the myths, but don't look at it for criticism of the literature.
bfertig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic mythology told as stories. Consider reading this as basic education to be able to recognize the infinite references to the ancient stories used in everyday life and modern story telling (including movies, tvs, plays, music, etc.) - though I am probably stating the obvious. This gives a solid grounding in the mythos of western civilizations.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In what is quite possibly one of the best, or at least, most renowned book on Greco-Roman mythology, Hamilton has presented here in an easy-to-digest format the high points of what happened on Mt. Olympus (and why it didn't stay on Mt. Olympus).It's by no means exhaustive, but is otherwise a very informative source to get your feet wet in the world of Greco-Roman mythology. Additionally, it's a place to get your feet ever-so-slightly damp in the world of Norse mythology, as the section covering such seems more an afterthought than an appendix than an actual resource on the complex system that is Norse mythology.If you're looking into the Greco-Roman, this is a great book to at least start, and at most, to complete that collection. If you're looking into the Norse, I'd recommend this book only if you can't manage to find any others about the topic.
-AlyssaE- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I feel that it is more advance then 'Heroes, Gods, and Monsters'. I feel that I learned a lot more about greek gods that I didn't know, and what I did know is a different variation of the story. Above all I really enoyed this book and it was very informative.