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MONSTERS, MORTALS, GODS, AND WARRIORS For over fifty years readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the thrilling, enchanting, and fascinating world of Western mythology. From Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom, Edith Hamilton's classic collection not only retells these stories with brilliant clarity but shows us how the ancients saw their own place in the world and how their themes echo in our consciousness today. An essential part of every home library, MYTHOLOGY is the definitive volume for anyone who wants to know the key dramas, the primary characters, the triumphs, failures, fears, and hopes first narrated thousands of years ago -- and still spellbinding to this day.
Edith Hamilton is the acclaimed author of The Greek Way and The Roman Way, which have been read by generations of readers around the world. She was made an honorary citizen of Athens in 1957.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to Classical Mythology||p. 13|
|The Mythology of the Greeks||p. 14|
|The Greek and Roman Writers of Mythology||p. 21|
|The Gods, the Creation, and the Earliest Heroes|
|The Gods||p. 24|
|The Titans and the Twelve Great Olympians||p. 24|
|The Lesser Gods of Olympus||p. 36|
|The Gods of the Waters||p. 38|
|The Underworld||p. 39|
|The Lesser Gods of Earth||p. 41|
|The Roman Gods||p. 44|
|The Two Great Gods of Earth||p. 48|
|Demeter (Ceres)||p. 50|
|Dionysus or Bacchus||p. 55|
|How the World and Mankind Were Created||p. 65|
|The Earliest Heroes||p. 78|
|Prometheus and Io||p. 78|
|The Cyclops Polyphemus||p. 85|
|Flower-Myths: Narcissus, Hyacinth, Adonis||p. 89|
|Stories of Love and Adventure|
|Cupid and Psyche||p. 96|
|Eight Brief Tales of Lovers||p. 105|
|Pyramus and Thisbe||p. 105|
|Orpheus and Eurydice||p. 107|
|Ceyx and Alcyone||p. 110|
|Pygmalion and Galatea||p. 112|
|Baucis and Philemon||p. 115|
|Alpheus and Arethusa||p. 120|
|The Quest of the Golden Fleece||p. 122|
|Four Great Adventures||p. 136|
|Pegasus and Bellerophon||p. 139|
|Otus and Ephialtes||p. 143|
|The Great Heroes before the Trojan War|
|The Heroes of the Trojan War|
|The Trojan War||p. 185|
|The Judgment of Paris||p. 186|
|The Trojan War||p. 186|
|The Fall of Troy||p. 201|
|The Adventures of Odysseus||p. 211|
|The Adventures of Aeneas||p. 230|
|From Troy to Italy||p. 230|
|The Descent into the Lower World||p. 236|
|The War in Italy||p. 240|
|The Great Families of Mythology|
|The House of Atreus||p. 247|
|Tantalus and Niobe||p. 248|
|Agamemnon and His Children||p. 251|
|Iphigenia among the Taurians||p. 260|
|The Royal House of Thebes||p. 266|
|Cadmus and His Children||p. 266|
|The Seven against Thebes||p. 277|
|The Royal House of Athens||p. 281|
|Procne and Philomela||p. 283|
|Procris and Cephalus||p. 285|
|Orithyia and Boreas||p. 286|
|Creusa and Ion||p. 287|
|The Less Important Myths|
|Midas--And Others||p. 292|
|The Danaids||p. 295|
|Glaucus and Scylla||p. 296|
|Pomona and Vertumnus||p. 299|
|Brief Myths Arranged Alphabetically||p. 301|
|The Mythology of the Norsemen|
|Introduction to Norse Mythology||p. 314|
|The Stories of Signy and Sigurd||p. 317|
|The Norse Gods||p. 322|
|The Creation||p. 326|
|The Norse Wisdom||p. 328|
|Genealogical Tables||p. 331|
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