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Aarti

I read this book in high school, but like you, don't remember it much at all. I am interested by the idea that the Greeks were the first to make gods in the image of people. I am not sure when Greek mythology came about compared to other old religions, but I feel like it's odd to think that the humanization of gods came about all at once from one culture- I bet it was a slower movement with a lot of cross-cultural conversation that made it happen.

LauraC

I have a slightly different edition to this book, but I would love for you to read and comment on a chapter per week. I would try to read (and maybe comment!?!) along with you. I have a number of other weekly studies/reads that I must keep up with, but this book would be a wonderful addition. Please read and comment on it each week!

PS The lovely bookmark that you sent me quite a while ago always adorns my latest read. Thank you again.

scriptorsenex

This is not a book I know and my myths were learned around the ages of seven to nine (not sure when eighth grade is?) and I've forgotten so much in 55 years! I'd love you to give us a refresher.

Danielle

Aarti--I'm afraid I'm very hazy on history from this period as well, so I'm not sure either whether this is just supposition or if it is an accepted fact by other historians--I need to read more about it from other sources I think. She does mention that mythology was not the Greek's religion, but only stories to help explain nature. It's all very interesting to learn about, though!

LauraC--I have an old mass market paperback of it as well (probably the same one I used in 8th grade!), but I liked this trade size book so had to buy it--easier to read. If you'd like to read along that would be great. I am going to try for about a chapter a week, and will plan on writing about what I read on Sunday--would that work? Writing something about what I am reading helps me keep it more firmly in mind--plus it's nice being able to chat about books with others! :) I'm glad to hear you have been using the bookmark--those Pomegranate bookmarks are my favorites!

Scriptorsenex--Edith Hamilton was American so perhaps her fame never quite made it to Great Britain. She is pretty standard here for classroom use--or at least she used to be. I was about 13 in eighth grade, so I studied the myths later! I'm enjoying reading about mythology again--I've wanted to do so for a while now.

Liz F

Maybe we were introduced to the Greek myths at an earlier age in Britain(well in the 60's anyway)because like Scriptorsenex, I can remember having some of them read to us in class when I was about nine or ten and being absolutely fascinated!
The book that we used was by Roger Lancelyn Green whose books for children about mythology are still in print more than sixty years after they were written.

Because I was quite an advanced reader, the teacher gave me one of the books to read at home and unfortunately it never went back!

Stefanie

You are heading down the slippery slope of ancient Greek literature! Pretty soon you too will want to read all the ancient Greek tagedies and Herodotus! Beware! Beware! :)

Caroline

I have shelves full with collections of mythology from all over the world as I specialized in religion in cultural anthropology. At school we went through the Greek myths for years. I really enjoyed it a lot.
I want to read Miller.
I have almost all the books by Jospeh Campbell. Particularly the collection The Masks of God is interesting and so is the Ranke Graves on Greek mythology.
This posts gets me all excited, I'd like to dip right into this as well.

catharina

As I'm also (re)reading Greek Myths, albeit much slower than you are planning to, I'm already looking forward to reading what you are going to write about them here!

Danielle

Liz--Do you still have the book? :) I will look him up. I don't recall having read any myths earlier than middle school, so maybe it just comes later in our curriculum over here. I can see how a good children's version would be appealing to kids. I'm quite enjoying reading them once again however--sad how much fades from memory...

Stefanie--I have always admired your posts about Greek literature and always thought I should eventually do a little reading in the area myself, but I didn't quite expect to do it right now... I guess it just takes one good book to start the ball rolling. We'll see how far I get, but I will be happy just to reread this book to start.

Caroline--You have probably read quite a bit on the subject then--I can see how it would be fascinating really--especially comparing how different cultures treat the same sort of stories! The Miller is excellent--definitely one to look for at some point. And I remember selling lots of Robert Campbell's books when I worked in a bookstore, though at the time I really was never motivated to read them myself--may have to look into them now. I'll have to look into those books you mention. And hopefully planning to write something about what I am reading each week will keep me motivated to read the whole book.

Catharina--I thought you might be. You'll have to let me know which ones you are on--are you reading a particular book? I'm starting at the very beginning and will work my way through the stories.

litlove

Funnily enough the best book about mythology I read was a children's books - called imaginatively Greek Mythology for Children! I knew bits and pieces of myths from reading literature but was hard pressed to make it all fit together. Then my son got interested and we listened to lots of audio cassettes together at his bedtime and in the car. Those myths initially, then the Odyssey and the Iliad. He still really likes those stories, and I was glad to learn about them properly in such an easy way. It's surprising how often references to them crop up!

catharina

I am reading a - really beautiful illustrated - Dutch compilation of Greek Myths by Imme Dros (illustrations by her husband Harry Geelen, 2004)'Griekse Mythen'.
So far I have read The Myth of Perseus, The Myth of Pygmalion, of Narkissos and that of Tereus. Next month is for Orfeus.

GrahamJackson9

What you need is: "The age of fable; or, Beauties of mythology" by Thomas Bulfinch. You can download a PDF copy here: http://archive.org/details/ageoffableorbeau00bulf

Or you could visit my website for an entertaining selection of historical tales (myths, legends etc.):
http://thegentlemanangler.com/historic-tales/

Danielle

Litlove--Sometimes children's books are remarkably good when it comes to tales like these. Cool that you listened with your son and that he also enjoyed them so much. I plan on listening to the Iliad and then later The Odyssey on audio and will then read the books after. It's poetry and stories so meant to be heard aloud anyway.

Catharina--That sounds nice--this book does have some very simple line drawings. I like that you are reading them slowly--it's nice having long term projects. I may end up reading them slower than I anticipated originally as well.

Graham--Thanks so much for the links--I'll check them out. I forgot about Bulfinch--that would make a good comparison--I'll look him up as I am sure my library must have something by him.

Kathleen

I read this one all the way back in high school so my knowledge of mythology is near non-existent at the moment. I need to read this one again and look forward to reading the Orange Prize winner soon!

Danielle

Kathleen--I read it ages ago, too. So long ago that reading it again now feels more like reading it for the first time. See what Madeline Miller started?! Her book is excellent--when you get around to reading it, I hope you like it as well.

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