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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Greek Myths' Robert Graves
I would highly reccommend this book to anyone interested in Classical Mythology; it is comprehensive and is very easy to use. You can use the references to find a specific myth, if you have a particular interest, or read it as an extentended collection of the stories. It contains all of the Greek myths together, and told very well. I would, however, caution academic or...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Greek Myths' Robert Graves, 1 May 2012
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I would highly reccommend this book to anyone interested in Classical Mythology; it is comprehensive and is very easy to use. You can use the references to find a specific myth, if you have a particular interest, or read it as an extentended collection of the stories. It contains all of the Greek myths together, and told very well. I would, however, caution academic or literary users, as if you need to know the sources for each myth Graves does not always reference them. For this kind of use, I would reccommend Pierre Grimal's 'Dictionary of Classical Mythology'. The book also contains a map of the Greek world and map showing sites mentioned in the text, helping you visualize and understand the relative geographies of the myths.
I really like this book, and after buying my own copy bought one for a friend. A must for lovers of mythology.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection, 28 Jun. 2013
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A fabulous collection of myths. They flow easily into each other, and the footnotes included are really helpful. They're edited well and as someone who enjoys reading about Greek Mythology I couldn't be happier with this book. I'd really recommend for anyone who would like to know a little (or a lot) more about Greek myths.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An encyclopaedia rather than a narrative to be read straight through, 31 Mar. 2012
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Originally published in 1955, this is an encyclopaedic work that pulls together versions of the Greek myths from the various creation stories (e.g the Pelasgian creation, the Olmpian creation) through the revolts against the gods, the re-peopling of the earth after Deucalion's flood, the Cretan cycle (Theseus and the minotaur), the Theban cycle (Oedipus), the Argos cycle (the house of Atreus), Heracles, Jason and the Argonauts, and the Trojan War.

Each episode is treated separately and Graves intersperses his own interpretations, primarily anthropological.

So this is a great reference source but isn't really a single narrative or told in a particualarly dramatic form. If you're looking for a more fiction-based account of the myths I would recommend Ovid's witty and sometimes outrageous telling in the Metamorphoses translated by David Raeburn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Erudite production, 11 Aug. 2013
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This book is for the serious scholar . It references and comments on a wide range of scholarly sources and is not probably what someone who just wants to know the common version of the myth is looking for. It relates the stories to many of the myths in other cultures/ages .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Greece!, 13 Jun. 2012
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This book just gives a great short description of the basic 'story' for each God/Goddess/hero/myth and then states where data from to 'authenicate' it. Really good for the beginner and expert alike.It is a good job each is a short piece as there are hundreds of 'myths'that jog the memory as some common, some not so but all fascinating!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A definitive guide - but not for the dabbler, 15 Nov. 2013
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This book has stood the test of time and you will soon see why. Robert Graves knowledge of Greek Mythology is very extensive. However, if you are looking for an easy read or some sort of introduction to Greek Mythology this is not the book for you. Unless you are a serious student of the subject it is extremely difficult to keep up with all the names and the endless relationships that seemed to have occurred. Even if you just read the myths and not the large amount of footnotes written by Robert Graves it is still fairly difficult to follow in places. Probably better as a source of reference than a book to read from cover to cover.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic Classic!, 25 Sept. 2012
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A necessary read for those who wish to study not only Greek mythology, but also those with an interest in human attitudes of today and how they may have come about. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very in depth, 13 Nov. 2013
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very informative and well written but probably too detailed for someone like myself looking for a little knowledge on the subject rather than wanting expertise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Greek Mythology, 19 Feb. 2014
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An intellectual challenge. It covers everything you would ever need to know and a lot you do not need to know about Greek Mythology. It would be ideal as a student's reference book. I used it as a first reference and cross checked thereafter from the internet which I suspect has used this book as a source.
An excellent source book but not for a light read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and evocative., 6 April 2013
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The author takes the reader on an evocative journey through Greek myths and mythology in 171 short logically ordered chapters.

The book would be better titled “Greek Myths and Mythology”, for detailed explanations and potential historic origins are provided for each paragraph of actual story. Comparisons are also made between differing versions of the same myth. The author provides a captivating insight into ancient history and the human phykey.

The book is not intended as an introduction into the subject but is a fascinating read for those with a basic knowledge seeking greater detail and depth. The book is also well suited to those seeking a definitive reference, for not one myth appears to have been missed and every paragraph of story is referenced to its original source.

But be warned; the authors use of English is complex and articulated, I would suggest that readers not capable of attaining high grades in English Language may struggle to fully comprehend.
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