Mythology : Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 1999-08-01
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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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.

Author Biography

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

Forewordp. V
Introduction to Classical Mythologyp. 13
The Mythology of the Greeksp. 14
The Greek and Roman Writers of Mythologyp. 21
The Gods, the Creation, and the Earliest Heroes
The Godsp. 24
The Titans and the Twelve Great Olympiansp. 24
The Lesser Gods of Olympusp. 36
The Gods of the Watersp. 38
The Underworldp. 39
The Lesser Gods of Earthp. 41
The Roman Godsp. 44
The Two Great Gods of Earthp. 48
Demeter (Ceres)p. 50
Dionysus or Bacchusp. 55
How the World and Mankind Were Createdp. 65
The Earliest Heroesp. 78
Prometheus and Iop. 78
Europap. 81
The Cyclops Polyphemusp. 85
Flower-Myths: Narcissus, Hyacinth, Adonisp. 89
Stories of Love and Adventure
Cupid and Psychep. 96
Eight Brief Tales of Loversp. 105
Pyramus and Thisbep. 105
Orpheus and Eurydicep. 107
Ceyx and Alcyonep. 110
Pygmalion and Galateap. 112
Baucis and Philemonp. 115
Endymionp. 118
Daphnep. 119
Alpheus and Arethusap. 120
The Quest of the Golden Fleecep. 122
Four Great Adventuresp. 136
Phaethonp. 136
Pegasus and Bellerophonp. 139
Otus and Ephialtesp. 143
Daedalusp. 144
The Great Heroes before the Trojan War
Perseusp. 146
Theseusp. 155
Herculesp. 166
Atalantap. 180
The Heroes of the Trojan War
The Trojan Warp. 185
The Judgment of Parisp. 186
The Trojan Warp. 186
The Fall of Troyp. 201
The Adventures of Odysseusp. 211
The Adventures of Aeneasp. 230
From Troy to Italyp. 230
The Descent into the Lower Worldp. 236
The War in Italyp. 240
The Great Families of Mythology
The House of Atreusp. 247
Tantalus and Niobep. 248
Agamemnon and His Childrenp. 251
Iphigenia among the Tauriansp. 260
The Royal House of Thebesp. 266
Cadmus and His Childrenp. 266
Oedipusp. 268
Antigonep. 273
The Seven against Thebesp. 277
The Royal House of Athensp. 281
Cecropsp. 282
Procne and Philomelap. 283
Procris and Cephalusp. 285
Orithyia and Boreasp. 286
Creusa and Ionp. 287
The Less Important Myths
Midas--And Othersp. 292
Midasp. 292
Aesculapiusp. 293
The Danaidsp. 295
Glaucus and Scyllap. 296
Erysichthonp. 298
Pomona and Vertumnusp. 299
Brief Myths Arranged Alphabeticallyp. 301
The Mythology of the Norsemen
Introduction to Norse Mythologyp. 314
The Stories of Signy and Sigurdp. 317
The Norse Godsp. 322
The Creationp. 326
The Norse Wisdomp. 328
Genealogical Tablesp. 331
Indexp. 337
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