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on 1 May 2012
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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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 Olympian 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 particularly 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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on 28 June 2013
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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on 11 August 2013
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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on 13 June 2012
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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on 6 April 2013
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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on 5 April 2016
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Greek mythology. The amount of information you get here is vast, and I really appreciate it as an enthusiast of everything that is Greek mythology.

It could be a little bit difficult for people who are new to the world of Greek myths, but for anyone who is familiar and interested in the subject, this is definitely a great choice of a book.
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on 9 October 2015
Goes into great detail with no preamble. Appears to assume you already know the Greek myths before you start.
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on 25 September 2012
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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on 10 November 2015
Robert Graves weaves his poetic magic through the Greek Myths and gives background into how they may have originated and how they change through time, different areas of the world. This almost ruins the magic in my opinion but never mind...
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