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4.0 out of 5 stars
Re-issue for a much loved book on classical mythology., 14 Aug 2002
I first read this book as a ten year old- a hand me down from an uncle interested in classical literature and history. It was instantly captivating, fleshing out popular myths I already knew the basics of and introducing me to new ones.
This is definatly a long overdue re-print and comes complete with the original black and white illustrations by a certain Steele Savage. Great name and great art work! They fully capture the style and grace of Greek mythology.
Hamilton- a former teacher- is a good communicator and this comes across in the text which is neither long winded or prone to skipping on detail. All the action, adventure, monsters, gods, romance and tradgedy are here in spades. The tales of Jason and the Argonauts, Theseus and the Minotaur, versions of the Oddyssey (Ullyses) and the Illiad, Perseus and the gorgon's head and the trials of Herakles (Hercules) are all present and correct with many other minor legends given space. However, the section on Norse mythology feels superflous and rather dissapointing for anyone looking for a good catalogue of myths from that genre. This is primarally a classical mythology book and it's bulk is devoted to the stories from Ancient Greece and Rome.
Charts and an index are included to help piece the chronology and relationships in the stories together but I suspect most people will be happy reading this from cover to cover.
Basically this is a must for anyone, even younger readers, who want a highly readable and engrossing collection of myths. As an introduction it is very good indeed.