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Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library) by [Bulfinch, Thomas]
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For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.
The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood.
The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement."
Thomas Bulfinch, in his day job, was a clerk in the Merchant's Bank of Boston, an undemanding position that afforded him ample leisure time in which to pursue his other interests. In addition to serving as secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History, he thoroughly researched the myths and legends and copiously cross-referenced them with literature and art. Assuch, the myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the nineteenth century; however, it is the vigor of the stories themselves that returns generation after generation to Bulfinch.

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Thomas Bulfinch was a respected scholar who lived from 1796-1867. He is best known for his Mythology, which popularized myth and fable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2290 KB
  • Print Length: 888 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679600469
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Modern library ed edition (11 Feb. 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1H50
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I found Bulfinch's in our school library when I was in the 4th grade, eleven years old. My mother had to go before the school board to gain permission for me to check it out. Even then, I was not allowed to have the book at school! The pictures and stories, in the board's mind, were too titillating for the other 4th graders. Thank God for my mother. I found a world I never knew existed, full of fantasy and beauty. The strife and conniving natures of both gods and mortals captivated me. The stories of the Greek and Roman myths were my favorites, and cultivated in me a love for both cultures. And as for the titillating parts, well, I promise you that General Hospital is far worse for 4th graders than Bulfinch's will ever be.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most incredible books that anyone could ever own. Whether it be for a child, middle schooler, or adult, it has the ability to enhance imagination and inspire creative genius. It is a true shame that these stories aren't as well appreciated as they were in times such as the Elizabethan and Victorian ages. These stories have inspired poets, playwrights, novelists, and the non-literati as well. There is no possibility of considering oneself as a true intellectual without first understanding these legendary tales. Don't sell yourself short of owning this book. A must buy!!!
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book to replace one I have had for many years which has now fallen apart. This replacement book has a lot more than the old one which pretty much concentrated on Greek and Roman mythologies. This book is still the standard text in my opinion. Whether the material quality of the book will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but I suspect not. When it does fall apart however I will buy another.
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As a person who's struggling to write a novel, but seeking inspiration from history - both recent and ancient, Thomas Bullfinch's work comes as a surprise inspiration. The language and tone of the book is in the form of mini-stories laced with some general opinion and connectives to modern opinion without losing the sense of engrossment a set of short stories might propose. I'm only some several chapters in, but I love it.

Great for anyone who fell asleep whenever the subject of Greek / Roman mythologies came up in school, but has now found a deep resounding regret and wishes to recoup and revive their fragmented knowledge.
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By A Customer on 3 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
Even after several readings, this old classic never loses it's lustre.
Why not invest a taudry amount and append a great anthology to your library?
From the Greek and Roman gods to King Author to Charlemagne, this has got it all!
If you own only one book on the subject of mythology, this should be the one.
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