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I recalled that Atalanta was only won by cheating but had forgotten how. I'm enjoying this refresher course.

Warrioress sounds a bit slushy to me. I'd stick with warrior! :-)


I knew Atalanta as a butterfly, one that is seen over here quite a lot in summer,
the story is new to me. Now I wonder if there would be a connection?


Enjoyed the stories about Hercules, but REALLY enjoyed the short chapter about Atalanta. I loved her character in "Jason and the Argonauts" (2000) even though she probably shouldn't have been in it. That got me looking into her more, but there isn't too much info on her out there. I actually got more from Hamilton than anywhere else.

I find it amusing how needy the Greek gods are. Artemis unleashes the Calydonian boar because King Oeneus forgot her during a sacrifice to the gods! No wonder the Greeks were mostly interested in the gods and goddesses for story material, they aren't good for much else.



Hercules killed the new family he had begun after his labors were completed too. Clearly Hercules was not someone you wanted to hang out with!


With a little help from a goddess--that was the only way one of the men could beat Atalanta--so, yes, by cheating! You're right that warrioress is pretty clunky. It's sort of like female actresses being called actors now, I guess--why should there be a differentiation?!


How interesting--I'm going to have to look that up. I love how so much from mythology has filtered into our everyday common lingo--in all aspects of life! I wonder how the butterfly got that name? And thanks so much for the lovely card that came in the mail today--I will be sending you an email! :)


Interesting indeed to learn about Hercules, who is a god I was sort of familiar with--at least by the way he appears in pop culture. I agree about Atalanta--though it was quite slim storywise. I need to go back and see who she based the story on--whether it was Ovid or one of the other writers. It sounds like she might have been on the Argo, but probably now--how's that for definitive! The gods/goddeses did act much more on whim than anything else and could be sort of childish, couldn't they! I really want to read more about mythology and how the myths were formed, now that I have gotten so many of the stories under my belt so to speak.


I don't think Hamilton mentions he did the same thing to his second family--sheesh. He is a little bit flaky, isn't he? I think I would have stayed far away from him, no matter what his good intentions.


I'm really enjoying your journey through the myths. I've never been able to warm to Hercules/Heracles - everything he does tends to end badly for other people. A friend of mine wrote a sort of 'cultural biography' of him, and even that didn't unfreeze my heart! (The book was _Heracles_ by Alastair Blanshard).


Ah, so Heracles is the same as Hercules? Hamilton usually does a good job of giving the gods other names (in Roman mythology), but I missed that reference for Hercules. He does sound pretty clueless really. The Blanshard sounds pretty interesting really--may have to see if my library will order it. It's amazing how many other books are out there that I can read in relation to this one. I think I could spend quite a lot of time reading about the myths (and the myths themselves). And I am quite enjoying my weekly reading and am happy when other readers share their knowledge (and book suggestions).


I realise how little I knew about Hercules! (But then the only thing I've seen about him, really, was the Disney film - not known for its classical accuracy...). How fascinating - I never knew what the reason was for his labours. But the apples story rings a bell. I think that one was on the story cassette my son had. Gah, how I miss my memory! It was so useful.


I think my frame of reference must have been Disney, too, I hate to say. I didn't know any details of his life--I know he is a hero, but some of his actions seem decidedly unheroic! I loved the story of Atalanta. And I should look to see if I can find something on audio of Mythology--that would be fun to listen to as I walk--especially now that I am getting the basics down.

Debbie Q.

Oh Edith Hamilton. How I loved this book. In fact I still have my very tattered, well loved paperback copy of this book.


I read it when I was in 8th grade--oh so long ago! :) I think I might still have my copy somewhere as well, though I had to have this nice trade size copy when I saw it.

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