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Ed

I have only seen the Harry Potter movies, but I am certain she had Greek mythology in mind. I can remember a 3 headed dog in the first movie, and that is copied from Cerberus, the dog that guards the underworld.

Lisa

You might also enjoy D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, it was my introduction to them as a child and I have a copy today.

Mrs.B.

You might enjoy The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller, shortlisted for the Orange Prize (winner will be announced today). I just posted about it on my blog. It's a wonderful retelling of the story of Achilles.

litlove

What a useful post, Danielle! You'll have hundreds of search engine hits for this one as it's hard to find a really good run-down of the main Greek deities. I think I should print it out and keep it myself!

Caroline

Have you ever read the books by Jean Shinoda Bolen? In which she analysis women's and men's psychology using the Gods as archetypes? I enjoyed the approach a lot.

catharina

This is a great overview, I'm going to keep it too. And just like Caroline, I was reminded of Jean Shinoda Bolen's books, in Goddesses in Everywoman is a chapter on Hestia.

LauraC

I thought that the introduction was very interesting! A couple of my favorite parts:

"The Greeks from the earliest mythologists on had a perception of the divine and the excellent."

"Myths are early science, the result of men's first trying to explain what they saw around them. But there are many so-called myths which explain nothing at all. These tales are pure entertainment, the sort of thing people would tell each other on a long winter's evening."

"The Greeks made their gods in their own image. That had not entered the mind of man before. Until then, gods had no semblance of reality. They were unlike all living things."

"Greek artists and poets realized how splendid a man could be...He was the fulfillment of their search for beauty. They had no wish to create some fantasy shaped in their own minds. All the art and all the thought of Greece centered in human beings."

Danielle

Ed--That's right--I think lots of authors have been influenced by the myths--references pop up all over literature!

Lisa--Thanks--I've heard of D'Aulaire, but I am not familiar with it. I'll see if my library has it so I can look at it as well. I like comparing interpretations!

Mrs B--That is the one and only book I managed to read from the shortlist and loved it. I have only just started a post about it, but I probably won't put it up now until the weekend since writing about books during the work week generally defeats me! I'll mark your post to read as well!

Litlove--I hadn't even thought about that--I was hoping it would help me keep them all straight but I'd be pleased if anyone else also found it helpful! :)

Caroline--I've heard of her but am not familiar with her books. I've not read any books on psychology really, but I am going to see what my library has by her-I am sure there must be something--thanks for the heads up as I think I would like this.

Catharina--Thanks--I've added it to my wishlist, but I will see if my library owns it as I can get it sooner. I'd be very interested in reading about the goddesses!

Laura--Are you also reading the Hamilton? There was lots of good information in the intro and first chapter! These are things I didn't know about the myths--and I like the idea of the myhs being used to explain natural events. It seems like Hamilton holds the Greeks in very high esteem and she notes several times about how they wished to create beauty (unlike the Romans!:) ). I hope you'll keep reading along as it will help me stay on a regular reading schedule. I do better with long books when I know there is someone I can chat with them about!

Stefanie

It's fun, isn't it? And also a happy realization that you know more about them than you thought you did :)

Danielle

Stefanie--I am enjoying this little project. I think some stories and characters are so ingrained that I just don't think about where they originated!

Kathy

I've read something (maybe Bolen's book?) comparing psychology to mythical figures...and I identify with Hestia! I actually have a tiny Hestia figure I bought while in Greece--just a cheap little souvenir, but a symbol nonetheless.

It's interesting how much Greek mythology is woven into our culture and literature. I'm not surprised you knew more about it than you thought you did.

Danielle

Kathy--I have the Bolen book sitting on my desk at work--haven't had a chance to flip through it yet, but it sounds good. I've not yet read any stories with Hestia--am looking forward to learning more. And lucky you to have gone to Greece--I was thinking how cool now it would go to see these places. Those stories really are still a part of culture--I think most people take it for granted, so I'm happy to go back and learn about the original stories.

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