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by Thomas Bulfinch




The mid-nineteenth-century classic furnishes retellings of major Greek, Roman, Norse, and Eastern myths
Download Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable (Courage Classics) (v. 1) epub
ISBN: 0894718819
ISBN13: 978-0894718816
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Mythology & Folk Tales
Author: Thomas Bulfinch
Language: English
Publisher: Courage Books; New Ed edition (September 1, 1990)
Pages: 292 pages
ePUB size: 1978 kb
FB2 size: 1378 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 220
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DEAD-SHOT
Naturally Greek and Roman mythology is not preached today and, because of this, there are many different versions to nearly all the myths you have ever heard and read. Bulfinch includes the most popular versions and tells it in a way that is very entertaining. That being said, Bulfinch didn't actually write the majority of the book; he copies scenes, passages, and, sometimes, even entire stories from Ovid's "Metamorphoses."

Furthermore, Bulfinch's approach is affected by the time period (mid 1800s), social norms, and his own personal opinion; he often slides in his own comments which leads the reader to doubt that he's telling the entire story-- and most of the time, he doesn't tell the whole story. He manages to exclude a lot of the sexual activity of the gods (which anyone who knows anything about mythology knows that the gods are always having affairs... ALWAYS) and insinuates that the gods were just spending time with one another. He also leaves out some of the gory details which are imperative in most stories; he glides over important scenes and repeatedly spends time explaining unimportant scenes instead.

Nevertheless, it's a good read if you're looking for an introductory book about Roman and Greek mythology but keep in mind that these stories have many plot variations, just because it's in this book doesn't mean it's a fact. Once you've read this, I encourage you to read Ovid's "Metamorphoses;" Ovid is relaxed and comedic-some of his stories are told more for the entertaining factor than correctness, but it's still a very good, enjoyable read.
I hope this helped!
-K. J. Burks
Pad
We've had this book for a long time, and it is a much-loved and much-used part of our library. Unfortunately, our old copy has seen better days, so it was time for a new one.
This is THE go-to symposium of Greek myth, and also covers a great deal of Norse mythos as well.
avanger
It's a good collection and Gathering of Miss. But the reading of the book maybe a little dry and boring for some. It's not set out so much as a storytelling but as an information-based of this happens then this happens in the net happens and so forth and so on. But it's good information. Plus it's a solid hardback book
ARE
While the contents of the book are wonderful, this edition is printed in such tiny text it is impossible to read. Purchase another edition and enjoy the stories.
Dagdalas
I read this book in high school and loved it. I loved it so much I went around shopping for a copy. I unfortunately couldn't find the same edition as the one from high school, but this is just as good and damn gorgeous to look at. I'm in love all over again.
Wiliniett
The key is recognizing that this is more of a reference book rather than something that might be read through straight for enjoyment. I think many of the other reviews recognize that as well. This book is very useful in our home school. We have a classical leaning in our home school and that means studying Greek and Latin and even the role of Gods and Mythology in ancient history. I also have a son that likes to learn about the myths and the ancient Gods and Goddesses. This is the book we often turn to for more information.

For being on the kindle and being free, its an excellent book for a great price. We are not sorry to have it in our library.
It's so easy
Beautifully bound book, provides an interesting perspective of Greek and Roman mythology as well as other ancient European stories. Still going through it and am looking forward to reading about Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
I went to Catholic school and this book was on the shelf reserved for older students. I had a fascination for mythology, reading other books in the library on Greek, Norse, and Celtic mythology. When I was old enough to read Bulfinch, I remember it as being a good read.

Oh, but it is not a good read, nor is it well written. The point of view changes back and forth among second person, third person, and third person omniscient often within the same page. Major portions of important myths are dispensed with using a sentence or two.

The author goes above and beyond to dismiss all contained as myth, "unlike Christianity." Whatever your religious viewpoint, this dismissal of the myths being told is repeated well past the point of annoyance, as if the author were afraid of being excommunicated were it not repeated every fifth page.

It does provide some Arthurian legends that are not easily located elsewhere.