Robert Graves has no equal in retelling the myths and fables of the ancient world. He possesses the ability of a story teller, the language sense of a poet and an encyclopedic mind for detail. He gives us the whole Greek pantheon from tales of the major figures like the goddess Athene to the many variations on the life and loves of Zeus to minor characters like Garamas and Nestor. When a classical education is spoke of, this book is one very good place to begin--and return to over and over again. Graves gives readers and scholars all that they could expect from one volume. Each paragraph is referenced, and some are cross-referenced. The index is thirty-five pages with notes. The wonder of this book is the readability and authority together in one text. Definitive is not a word used casually in the world of classical literature, but in Greek Myths, we have just that. The two volumes are included in this one volume edition.
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About the Author
Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, the son of Irish writer Perceval Graves and Amalia Von Ranke. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After this, apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926, he earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels, including: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Count Belisarius; Wife of Mr Milton; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Proceed, Sergeant Lamb; The Golden Fleece; They Hanged My Saintly Billy; and The Isles of Unwisdom. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. The Times Literary Supplement acclaimed it as 'one of the most candid self portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted', as well as being of exceptional value as a war document. Two of his most discussed non-fiction works are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarine Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro), a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. His translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (with Omar Ali-Shah) is also published in Penguin. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971.
Robert Graves died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929. On his death The Times wrote of him, 'He will be remembered for his achievements as a prose stylist, historical novelist and memorist, but above all as the great paradigm of the dedicated poet, "the greatest love poet in English since Donne".'