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Buried In Print

Norse mythology just tacked on...that feels like another project taking hold, doesn't it? ;-)

Danielle

It does, doesn't it?! I'm not sure why Edith Hamilton bothered since so little space is devoted to Norse Myths. Now I do have the Modern Library edition of Bulfinch's Mythology, which is much more of a survey of various cultures and their myths....and I have contemplated reading it as well (since it has long been on my bookshelf)!

Danielle

And then to expand out there is the whole King Arthur thing going on which would be a huge project all on its own (and is in the back of my mind--could do a year long read of that...).

Caroline

That's odd about the Norse mythology being tacked on ... Why Norse mythology and not ... well anything else. As a comparison? Because she felt it was closest?
I can see you reading Joseph Campbell shortly...

Stefanie

I knew Procne's and Philomela's story but none of the others. Being a woman in Greek myth is not an easy thing. You are so close to being done with the book! Do you think by next week you'll have read the last page?

Danielle

I'm not sure why she didn't just end the book with the lesser myths--It'll be interesting to hear what she has to say about Norse mythology, since I know it's Greek Myths that were her area. I'm going to try and finish reading those last few chapters this week. I think my library has Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth on DVD and now that you mention him, maybe that would be a good place to go next--not reading but listening and watching! Thanks for the idea! :)

Danielle

I hope I will be done before the week is even out! I'm so ready for a new project--as much as I have enjoyed reading Hamilton's retellings. I'll continue reading myths and books about myths (I would love to read the whole Canongate series), but I think I've milked this book pretty well! ;) Women do not fare well in Greek Mythology it would seem. I think I had some suggestions for more reading and one was on Hera...must find my list of books now I made. Now the trick is remembering all that I read (will be handy to go back and look through my posts later I think).

catharina

While you are nearing the end of your book I am 1/3 into mine. The myth of Tereus was in that part too by the way. I will finish the myth of the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece this week and then move on to see what becomes of Medea and Iason. I fear much tragedy lies ahead. I have Joseph Campbell/Bill Moyers The Power of Myth, only partly read but remember it as very good. Looking forward to the unfamiliar territory of Norsk Myth.

Danielle

We are both traversing similar literary areas--how fun. I am hoping to finish the last 50 pages or so by the end of the weekend. Not sure how I will handle the last two sections since they will be over Greek and Norse myths. I could split them into two posts, but I hoped to wrap things up by Monday. We'll see. I have a DVD of Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth on my desk at work--I didn't get to check it out today--will do so tomorrow to hopefully begin watching over the weekend! Maybe now I can watch some of the movie adaptations before continuing on with mythology reading.

litlove

I think I'm very odd, but it always makes me terribly sad to see the slow collapse of a huge, well, artistic movement, like the stories from the Greek myths. Of course, it gets replaced by something equally interesting, most often. But there's something about storytelling at the height of its power and fascination that I just find awesome, in the full meaning of the word. When that sting (good word!) of creativity goes out of it, then it just strikes me as terribly bittersweet.

Danielle

It is sad to think of it that way. I'm not sure how long the tradition lasted--I've not read/thought about when the stories began and when they started to fall from popularity--it sounds like the Greeks sort of grew out of them, doesn't it? They lost their awe of the gods. I'm not quite sure where they went from there--need to read more about it all, don't I!

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