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The Greek Myths: Volume 1 Paperback – 27 Sep 1990

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140010262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140010268
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.3 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Graves, like Joseph Campbell, is one of half a dozen mythographers who are in the top rank of this century. His exhaustive research and comparisons of sources are stunning in scope but instead of being bewildering he has captured the themes and synergies between stories and come to some remarkably cogent conclusions. Graves sees history in the myths rather than psychology, primarily, and believes that they tell veiled stories of real happenings that became emotionally and spiritually significant and therefore ripened into the orthodox Greek religion of the millenium B.C.. Just as the stories, therefore, of Jesus and Moses are also cloaked in a real history, he analyzes the probabilities that the coming of Zeus' patriarchy played a huge role in the formation of the Greek myths, and he tells us credibly how this influence clashed with the beliefs of earlier times. Graves has few peers in the depth and scope and detail of his understanding and because his research is so comprehensive, his conclusions must be given great weight.
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Useful as a reference book to look up summaries of the various Greek mythical stories and suggested interpretations but not as fascinating or provocative as The White Goddess.

The presentation comprises a brief summary of each mythical story. Variants of the characters names are offered and attributed to regions and historical regions. Conjectural origins of the myth are offered, usually as the supplanting or evolution of a local cult following conquest by rival tribes, or migration and merger of communities.

The presentation is somewhat bare bones and thus somewhat dry, making this more of a reference book than a retelling the stories for modern readers. Thus some of the archetype magic is lost.

The current editions contain some revisions by the author of his original theories concerning the myths.
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As a casual studier of Greek Myths I find this really really simple to read and enjoyable, I LOVE this book, So fantastic.
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This book tells the stories and has a deep analysis of the origin and background to them. This in my opinion makes them unsuitable for the reader who just wants to read about the adventures without all the background analysis. It is not just for the academically minded but for those who want to learn more about the origin and development of myths and legends
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Very informative and I am reading it off and on as it is easy to forget who is married to who etc
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This has been a classic for over 50 years, and deservedly: an example of comprehensive research, written by a poet, and a mine of ideas and multiple perspectives.
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