The Greek Myths: Stories of the Greek Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold Hardcover – 5 Jan 2012
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'A vivid tapestry of the most unforgettable stories in all human history' How It Works. (How It Works)
'a good introduction to the stories, showing how they can transcend origins and cultural contexts within which they arose and remained open to an array of interpretations' TLS. (TLS)
A highly readable and beautifully illustrated re-telling of the most famous stories from Greek mythology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Otherwise, it's a nice light read and not too overwhelming. So perfect for someone looking to be inspired; it definitely leaves you wanting a more in-depth look...! I find myself now very interested in other interpretations and any different perceptions of these classic mythological stories.
The writing: I was gripped by this description of Clytemestra preparing to murder her husband, Agamemnon, after he triumphantly returned home from the Trojan War: "For a moment she hesitated: he had become so toughened by ten years of warfare that he seemed invulnerable and somehow magnificent. But she stiffened her resolve, and no sooner had he risen, dripping, from the relaxing warmth of the water than Clytemestra entangled his limbs in a sheet, and trapped him as effectively as a proud stage in a net." See why the subtitle of the book is "Vividly Retold"?
The illustrations: The book includes everything from the traditional Greek vases and sarcophagus reliefs to marble statues, oil painting by European masters and Italian frescoes--all in color on high-quality glossy paper. Many illustrations were new to me, such as the sensual eighteenth-century oil painting by Jacque-Louis David, "The Love of Helen and Paris," with this caption by the authors: "Paris found that he was better suited for the bedroom than the battlefield." Vivid captions, too!
The organization: Finally a reader can fit these thousands of stories into manageable categories. In addition to the usual sections about the twelve gods, the Trojan War, Odysseus' return, the heroes are creatively presented in the cities of Thebes, Mycenae and Athens. Vividly understandable.
Definitely buy this book. Worth every pence or every penny, in my case, here in the USA. -- Marilyn Rouvelas, Arlington, Virginia
I think I'm going to see if I can find another book that does the story part a bit better. It's a shame because, as I said, the authors clearly have the knowledge to write a great story book, but this isn't it.
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Really good book and it comes from a Greek guy! everything is accurate and really interesting . A must have if you are a fan of mythology and ancient GreecePublished 4 months ago by Filippos
A concise but absorbing retelling of Greek myths so compelling that you feel you are shoulder to shoulder with characters like Zeus and co.Published 5 months ago by R Johnson
Loving this book. It races through the stories at break neck speed but supplies enough details to make a good take to tell over a beer at the pub. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dave James