“,“Mythology by Edith Hamilton,
This book is exactly what you expect, all the major, and minor stories from Greek mythology from the Troy, to Hercules written in an authoritative, well-researched text. Before every story she explains a bit from which author she sourced the myth. There are handy family trees of the Gods in the back. It was a bit unexpected, but a bit of the end of the book talks about Norse mythology. That was an interesting section and almost wish it was longer. I know precious little about Norse mythology. This means I might have to read Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology book to educate myself (I wonder if he has illustrations in that book?)
I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time, and glad I finally did. This is like the Bible of Greek Mythology, but unfortunately whenever I found a copy they were always the small mass media paperbacks with yellowed pages that were falling apart. Finally, on one of my ‘treasure’ hunts in a book store I found a copy worthy of reading. This printing I found, (ISBN: 9780316341516) had beautiful illustrations, on white pages in a bigger format.
If there is any quibble I have with this book is there aren’t enough illustrations. This is a book any person serious about reading about Greek myths should keep on their bookshelf as a reference book.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #26 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge
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