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litlove

How interesting - the audio cassette we had of Greek myths for children included both Midas and Arachne. I suppose they were simpler stories and easier for children to absorb, even if they weren't such important ones. I wish I'd had this reference work to help before tackling Ragnarok too! I remember being pretty lost in the early sections of Byatt's book, interesting though it was.

Stefanie

So how does it feel to be all done? Do you miss it already? Or are you relieved and ready to move on to something else? And don't you feel so much smarter now when reading books or stories and you can pick up the mythology references?

catharina

Arachne is one of my favourites too. She is not in the Greek Myth book I'm reading so it is nice to read about here here.
Now that you retold the outlines of Norse Myth I do remember the names but cannot remember when or where I read those before.

Danielle

Ragnarok threw me for a little loop, but I am glad I read it. Now I sort of feel like I am finally ready to start reading Norse myths--they seem much darker than Greek myths (is that possible with all the violence?).

Danielle

I am somewhere in between. Very happy to have reread the Hamilton, but also glad to be done and ready to move on to something very different. That said I totally want to read more myths--just from different sources and definitely am ready to read some of those authors she took the stories from Aeschylus, Ovid, etc. Now I see references all over the place, so this reading was really helpful.

Danielle

I don't recall every having read any of the Norse myths, though a few years ago I read a novel which was a retelling of one of the myths (a book set in Iceland). I didn't matter since the story was complete in itself, but it would have been nice, I'm sure, to have a little extra knowledge. I had not heard of the Arachne myth--but like it very much--it's one of my faves now.

Caroline

I had never thoight of the link Arachne- Arachnoid but of course.
These lesser myths sound actually really appealing, the one about Daphne too, I'll have to read up on them.
I have some huge tomes in German on Norse myths.
If only I had more time, so much of it is so interesting.

Danielle

Interesting that the scientific name came from the original Latin myth (well,am guessing that was the case). The stories were very short, but some were really interesting and I'm sure they'll stick with me due to their unusualness. I didn't think I was all that interested in Norse Mythology, but this really piqued my curiosity. And yes, time is always the problem, isn't it?!

sakura

I'm going to miss your posts on the Greek myths. However, I'm going to take your advice about reading up on the Norse myths before trying Byatt's Ragnarok. I don't really know much about them either (except for watching Thor!)

Danielle

How sad is this--I only 'knew' Thor from watching the movie about the babysitter who has to go and rescue her friend from downtown Chicago and takes the kids she's watching with her--they have quite an adventure (and can you tell I have completely forgotten the name of the movie?!). I wouldn't have minded knowing more when I read Ragnarok--even just some basic background would have been helpful. I'm still planning on reading more mythology--but I'll take a little break from it for the rest of the year I think. I really enjoyed the reading and writing about it--I'm so glad you enjoyed the posts! :)

Kathleen

I read Mythology for a class in high school and feel like I only really scratched the surface of this one. After reading your posts I am quite sure I need to put this on my list to reread.

Danielle

I think I read the Hamilton in 8th grade and then hadn't read any myths since. This was a great refresher and I pan on reading more over the course of next year.

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