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Old Greek Stories (Illustrated)

Old Greek Stories (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

James Baldwin
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Perhaps no other stories have ever been told so often or listened to with so much pleasure as the classic tales of ancient Greece. For many ages they have been a source of delight to young people and old, to the ignorant and the learned, to all who love to hear about and contemplate things mysterious, beautiful, and grand. They have become so incorporated into our language and thought, and so interwoven with our literature, that we could not do away with them now if we would. They are a portion of our heritage from the distant past, and they form perhaps as important a part of our intellectual life as they did of that of the people among whom they originated.
That many of these tales should be read by children at an early age no intelligent person will deny. Sufficient reason for this is to be found in the real pleasure that every child derives from their perusal: and in the preparation of this volume no other reason has been considered. I have here attempted to tell a few stories of Jupiter and his mighty company and of some of the old Greek heroes, simply as stories, nothing more. I have carefully avoided every suggestion of interpretation. Attempts at analysis and explanation will always prove fatal to a child's appreciation and enjoyment of such stories. To inculcate the idea that these tales are merely descriptions of certain natural phenomena expressed in narrative and poetic form, is to deprive them of their highest charm; it is like turning precious gold into utilitarian iron: it is changing a delightful romance into a dull scientific treatise. The wise teacher will take heed not to be guilty of such an error.
It will be observed that while each of the stories in this volume is wholly independent of the others and may be read without any knowledge of those which precede it, there is nevertheless a certain continuity from the first to the last, giving to the collection a completeness like that of a single narrative. In order that the children of our own country and time may be the better able to read these stories in the light in which they were narrated long ago, I have told them in simple language, keeping the supernatural element as far as possible in the background, and nowhere referring to Jupiter and his mighty company as gods. I have hoped thus to free the narrative still more from everything that might detract from its interest simply as a story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3756 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419138030
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Didactic Press (26 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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The last couple of 'by a community of volunteers' freebies I downloaded were hard to read due to the font, formatting and the age of the tales, and I didn't have too much hopes for this, but was pleasantly surprised at both the quality and content.

Firstly, refreshingly, there's only a short foreword, and then it's straight into the tales. I was expecting the likes of Jason and The Argonauts and Jason and The Golden Fleece, i.e. the stuff that is always repeated on tv, but I found several new tales. In fact the only ones I did remember was the Wonderful Weaver, about a female weaver who boasts that she is better than the goddess, and who is then cursed to become a spider, spinning forever, without being able to boast, and the tale of Medusa (which is a bit different to the Clash of The Titans version).

The others were all new to me, and were short enough to tell the tale in an abbreviated fashion, without losing too much, and without making me yawn like in my schooldays. Some were better than others (The Story of Atalanta, The Cruel Tribute, Adventures of Theseus), but overall, all were quick and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Start 28 Aug 2013
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Really nice book to get you started on the old Gods. Interesting stories, well written. Just a bit to short. Wanted more at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. 26 Aug 2013
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I chose to read this book in order to fully understand the subject of Greek mythology. It both quenched my fascination and taught me a great deal about an aspect of human history. It is an amazing read which I would recommend to all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent collection of myths. 25 Aug 2013
By Scotti
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A couple of typos and a very abrupt ending couldn't hinder my enjoyment of this collection of classic mythological tales.
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3.0 out of 5 stars old greek stories 9 Mar 2012
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good quality, quite a short book made up of some of the basic stories~it seems to be a mixture of old greek and roman mythology.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brillant but confusing 23 Nov 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Little Book 13 July 2014
By Annette
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Wonderful to read. I love the Greek mythology and these stories are short and quick to read and just interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing creative literature! 12 Jun 2014
By wildcat
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Wow, amazing stories and myths with tons of humour, romance, adventure and plenty of death. Every story joins together wonderfully, with The Minotaur, Prometheus and the Greek Gods all featured plenty of times. Beautiful, like Greek fairy tales. Perfect for 8-12 yrs. Download NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Educating me
I had become acutely aware of my ignorance when it came to Greek classics, having at best an awareness of some of the names of the Greek gods and so on, but not knowing the stories... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars So thats how and where it all started
Interesting description on were and how Greek stories started good for general interest and anyone studying history or wandering who’s who in Greek mythology.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I like the fact that this book tells me about the ancient Greek mythology I gave it this rating because it has been helpful for me because I have had to study the Greek mythology
Published 6 months ago by Lola rose
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I haven't got round to reading this download yet but I was able to receive it with great speed and would definitely use this service again.
Published 9 months ago by Lauren
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep it Greek
Since the book is called 'Old Greek Stories' it should keep to the Greek names and not confuse the reader with Roman names as well.
Published 9 months ago by A. P. Tiritas
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic mythology
Everybody knows the stories, but do you remember the contents? What was the big deal with Pandora's box? Who was Jupiter's father? What were the Titans? Read more
Published 12 months ago by ForiegnNational
2.0 out of 5 stars was this book meant to be a fictional storybook?
Of all the greek and roman mythology books i have read, i have not read of how great the titans were and how wonderful the earth was before the gods, this is the first book i have... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mercy
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