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5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible, very thorough, very scholarly look at Greek Mythology, 22 Feb 2012
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This review is from: A Brief Guide to The Greek Myths: Gods, Monsters, Heroes and the Origins of Storytelling (A Brief History of) (Paperback)
I would recommend this book for anyone who has a working knowledge of Greek Mythology and wants to know more. Also, if you ever wondered why Freud thought we had an 'Oedipus complex', it's explained very well in this book. There's also a look at the creation myths of ancient Greece and other countries which may shed some light on where the Greek myths came from. There is an examination of the historicity of mythology, the psychology of mythology, the various interlinked tales that make up the intermeshed complexity of Greek Mythology, including the Odyssey and Iliad. Highly recommended to anyone who knows a little, nothing at all, or a lot - there's something here for everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview, 15 July 2012
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This book is a very good introduction to Greek Mythology. So much so, in fact, that the Oxford University Department for Continuing Educations (basically the distance learning brach of Oxford university) have this book on the reading list for their Greek Mythology course, so I'm not the only one that recommends this book. It's easy to read, nicely written, and will make you want to learn more.

Other books recommended on the aforementioned course:
Cassell's Dictionary Of Classical Mythology (Four Courts History Classics)
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The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology (Penguin Dictionary)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compendium of Greek myths, 4 July 2013
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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The Greek Myths: Gods, monsters, heroes and the origins of storytelling, by Stephen P. Kershaw, Robinson, London, 2007, 544 ff.

This is a collection of tales from ancient Greek mythology that many of us will have encountered, however fleetingly, in our school days and wished we had known the full story. The popular tales of Jason and the Argonauts with their search for the Golden Fleece, of Theseus and the Minotaur, and of the wooden horse and the fall of Troy are recounted here. Many of these were made into the basic stories of movies in the 20th century. Extracts from the classical works of Hesiod's `Works and Days', and the Iliad and Odyssey compiled by the poet Homer are given here in everyday language that allows them to be read like a contemporary set of short stories. The account here of the origins of Plato's story of the `lost continent of Atlantis' should put an end to the nonsense of New Age followers claiming to have had distant relatives from Atlantis - but then myths even more fantastic than this still endure. The author here completed his doctoral thesis under the direction of Richard Buxton, one of the world's great authorities on Greek mythology. This is a fascinating compendium with detailed additional Notes for each chapter, a few pages of further reading, and a good detailed Index. I would unhesitatingly recommend this as a source book for anyone interested in reading the symbolic stories of Greek mythology.

The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth and Religion (Oxford Paperback Reference)
The Penguin Book of Classical Myths
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