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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton



Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton




Mythology is a classic book that explores the stories of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. It was first published in 1942 by Edith Hamilton, a scholar and educator who was born in Germany and moved to the United States as a child. Hamilton's book is based on various classical sources and presents the myths in a clear and engaging way. She covers the gods and early heroes, the love and adventure stories, the heroes before and during the Trojan War, and the lesser myths. She also includes a brief section on Norse mythology, which influenced many modern writers and artists.


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Mythology is a book that has fascinated generations of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes. It is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the ancient cultures that shaped our world and our imagination. Mythology is also a book that inspires creativity and wonder, as it shows us the power and beauty of storytelling.Edith Hamilton was not only a writer, but also a teacher, a scholar, and a lover of classical literature. She was born in Germany in 1867, but moved to the United States as a child. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and studied in Germany at the University of Leipzig and the University of Munich. She was one of the first women to attend classes at Munich. She became the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School for girls in Baltimore, where she taught for 26 years. She retired in 1922 and devoted herself to her classical studies and writing.


Hamilton's books are praised for their clarity, eloquence, and insight. She aimed to make the ancient world accessible and relevant to modern readers. She wrote about the Greek and Roman civilizations, their philosophy, art, literature, religion, and history. She also wrote about the prophets of Israel and the early Christians. She translated some of the Greek tragedies and wrote introductions for them. She was fascinated by the human spirit and its quest for truth and beauty.


Hamilton received many honors and awards for her work. She was made an honorary citizen of Athens in 1957, when she visited Greece at the age of 90. She received honorary doctorates from several universities, including Yale, Columbia, and the University of Rochester. She was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She died in Washington, D.C., in 1963, at the age of 95.Edith Hamilton's books have influenced many people, from students and teachers to writers and artists. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been widely used in schools and colleges. Her books have also inspired other works of art, such as plays, films, and paintings. Some of the famous people who have acknowledged Hamilton's influence include T.S. Eliot, Thornton Wilder, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling.


Edith Hamilton's legacy lives on in her books and in the people who read them. She was a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to the study and appreciation of classical culture. She was a bridge between the past and the present, between the ancient and the modern. She was a storyteller who brought to life the timeless tales of gods and heroes. 0efd9a6b88


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