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Thomas Bulfinch (1796–1867)

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Obres de Thomas Bulfinch

Bulfinch's Mythology (1855) 6,155 exemplars
The Golden Age of Myth & Legend (1881) 376 exemplars
Myths of Greece and Rome (1979) 311 exemplars
A Book of Myths (1942) 78 exemplars
The Age of Fable (1935) 13 exemplars
The Age of Fable III (1913) 5 exemplars
Age of Fable, Part 1 (2011) 3 exemplars
The Age of Fable II 3 exemplars
The Age of Fable IV 2 exemplars
The Age of Fable Volume 2 (2018) 1 exemplars
Stories of Gods and Heroes (2017) 1 exemplars
Age of Fable, Part 2 (2011) 1 exemplars
50 Classic Mythologies (2011) 1 exemplars

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The New Junior Classics Volume 03: Myths and Legends (1938) — Col·laborador — 241 exemplars
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 07: Legends of Long Ago (1962) — Col·laborador — 179 exemplars
The Junior Classics Volume 04: Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry (1912) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars


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Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Lloc de naixement
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Harvard College (BA|1814)
Boston Latin School
Phillips Exeter Academy
Bulfinch, Charles (father)
Boston Society of Natural History
Boston Latin School
Merchants' Bank of Boston
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Thomas Bulfinch is best remembered today as the author of Bulfinch's Mythology, an 1881 compilation of his 3 previous works, which popularized ancient Greek and Roman and European mythology. It's still in print and used as a classic reference source and text.



I’ve always loved mythology and can’t believe I didn’t read this one earlier. This is a great starter book for someone just curious about myths. I enjoyed returning to all the old favorites from Greek and Norse mythology & while also hearing some from other cultures that were new to me. I liked how he mentions specific poems and other famous pieces that use mythology as a reference point. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading about Greek mythology.
bookworm12 | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | May 20, 2024 |
I read the abridged version. I discovered that I have the hardcover full editions of both the [Bulfinch's Mythology] and [The Age of Fable]. The main differences are in "The Age of Fable". A complete section of the Welsh stories has been cut out of the abridged edition. So far, those comprise more stories of Arthur and his Knights. I haven't done a close study of the original mythology, but the man who did the abridgement said that the only thing he left out of it was some of the Victorian poetry which Bulfinch had used to show how modern folks have used the tales. He left in poetry from the more famous poets.

I enjoyed reading this tremendously. It connected many dots for me of classical readings I have done from Dante to Tolkien, and in many less famous readings as well.

I am going through my hardcover full editions and reading the bits which were missing from the abridgement. I probably won't keep the paperback, since I have the full editions, but I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a reference and didn't want to take up so much room on their shelves.
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MrsLee | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Sep 1, 2023 |
This 1967 version of Thomas Bulfinch's textbooks on mythology (finished in 1863) is a chronicle of myths that have influenced Western civilization and literature for hundreds of years. It is divided into three sections: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and The Legends of Charlemagne.

The Age of Fable takes up more than half of the book and is a great look at the myths of Greece, Rome, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. The vast majority of this section (33 out of 40 chapters) is spent on the myths of Greece and Rome. Fuller chooses to follow Bulfinch in naming the characters of the myths in their Roman names, rather than the Greek names, although translations are given. Stories included in this section include the creation of the world, Hercules, The Iliad, The Oddesy, and the Anead, as well as many Norse myths, the druids of Europe, and Beowulf. This section is easy to follow and gives insight into any myth you'd want to read about (or take inspiration from for your games, particularly from Mythic Odysseys of Theros).

The second section, The Age of Chivalry, revolves around the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This section is where the "Abridgement" in the title starts to rear its ugly head. While not as bad as in the following section, this is where the fact that this book was originally a textbook comes out in the storytelling. Unlike the former section, where there were stories like the Iliad but quickly move on to other characters, this section is more or less about the same group of people throughout. This means that while we have these characters for a longer amount of time, we still do not get very much elaboration on their character traits outside of being told that they love people or are virtuous knights. Because we are with these characters for longer, I would expect more elaboration on them. This section also summarises Le Morte d’Arthur (1485), by Sir Thomas Malory, which is also located in the recommended reading of Appendix D of the 5e Dungeon Master's Guide (2014).

In my opinion, the last section, The Legends of Charlemagne, was the hardest to get through, even though it was only around fifty pages. Maybe this is due to the fact that it is around half the length of The Age of Chivalry, or due to the fact that Charlemagne was an actual historical figure, but this section dragged along quite a bit. It was also, especially in chapters four and five, very insistent on a mentality of "us Christians versus those Muslims," which while understandable for the time, was not exactly the most palatable depiction for me, as I am not a Christian.

All in all, this is a great reference book, but I would stick to using it as just that and not reading it cover-to-cover like I did.
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WillChildress | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | May 3, 2023 |
This exquisite hard cover story covers a multitude of topics retelling short stories of Greek mythology, in a nonfiction format. It includes a glossary that explains important terms used throughout the series. Stories are told about mythological persons and events including: The Trojan War, Ulysses, King Midas, Hercules, Pegasus and the Chimera, Daedalus, Icarus, Cupid and Psyche, Atlanta, and Baucis and Philemon. These stories are written in a way that draws in young readers and gives critical information relating to the time period of Greeks and Roman mythology. The illustrations hold a special importance as they assist in conveying a more detailed picture of era and events relating to the specific Gods or Goddesses and settings involved.… (més)
AshleyNettleton | Hi ha 32 ressenyes més | Feb 19, 2023 |



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