Customer Reviews


30 Reviews
5 star:
 (20)
4 star:
 (10)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Greek Myths' Robert Graves, 1 May 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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.

:D
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


21 of 22 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
By 
Roman Clodia (London) - See all my reviews
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection, 28 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Erudite production, 11 Aug 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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 .
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Greece!, 13 Jun 2012
By 
L. Wright "Loobiloo" (Derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


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
By 
A. P. Wall (Bangor, Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very in depth, 13 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic Classic!, 25 Sep 2012
By 
D. Conquest - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars recommended, thank you, 11 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
item as described, quick delivery, recommended, thank you!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed. Neat packaGe, 19 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition (Paperback)
Very nice book. A bit heavy in some areas but when you get something like you can sort of expect it.
If interested in the Greeks and you want a good starting point.
Voilà
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition
The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition by Robert Graves (Paperback - 18 Mar 2011)
£10.49
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews