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The Greek Myths, Vol I de Robert Graves
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The Greek Myths, Vol I (1955 original; edició 1955)

de Robert Graves

Sèrie: Greek myths (1)

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Títol:The Greek Myths, Vol I
Autors:Robert Graves
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The Greek Myths: Volume 1 de Robert Graves (1955)

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Full review in [b:The Greek Myths: 2|833495|The Greek Myths 2|Robert Graves||8810030] (not yet finished) ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
This collection of Greek myths is for the student and scholar of mythology, not for someone who wants an easily readable compendium of myths. The organization of the themes and deities is chronological, that is, it starts with Greek creation myths, the birth of the gods, and then expands to include every god, demi-god, nymph, and mortal being who had anything to do with the gods. Each chapter tells the story of a particular figure with notes on sources, and variations on the story/characters. Graves also gives short explanations of the underlying historical meaning of some of the myths, such as: some stories indicate a suppression of particular deities due to war or incorporation by a foreign culture. Some of the sources are cryptic, as when Graves says a story is a "misinterpretation" of an icon that depicts an event or deity, but he doesn't state where this "icon" can be seen and how he came to the conclusion that is was "misinterpreted". One concludes also because it comes up again and again, that every female deity/figure is a manifestation of the 3-faced moon goddess. Each of these assertions are extremely interesting, but need a whole chapter, even a book, to fully explain it.

Overall, it is a detailed, highly researched, reference book. With all the crossover references and intermingling of family relationships, it would help to have a detailed family tree of the gods, though how to do such a thing so as to fit it onto a readable page or pages would be a huge challenge. ( )
  Marse | Jun 20, 2021 |
I can say several things conclusively.
1) I will not be reading volume 2
2) Having read this, I have no desire whatsoever to return to those "Golden Days."
3) To take a phrase from Steinbeck and his friend Ricketts, "It might be so."

This is a work far beyond my experience or knowledge, so I can say nothing about the worthiness of the scholarship, etc. I can only say what I thought as a reader.

I found the individual stories variously enlightening, appalling, entertaining, interesting and somewhat dull, depending on how obscure the people in the tales were. The names were multitudinous, many were similar and interchangeable, which didn't help me keep track at all.

Sources were listed, most of which I will never read, but it is good to know they are there. I do wish heartily that an edition had been published with photographs of the items and murals from which some of the tales were supposedly derived. I may take a little time on Google to see if I can find any of them. I suspect that when I do, it will be like looking at a sonogram of a baby and being told that it is this sex or that, or anything else about it. They all pretty much look a jumble to my untrained eyes, and when I have looked at other ancient art and been told what it represents, all I can do is say, "Oh? Um, hmmm."

As for Graves fixation on the Moon goddess and all that is represented or misrepresented by the myths, that is where I invoke the above Steinbeck quote, because who is to say it isn't?

Graves asserts that there are many common threads in ancient religions and more modern ones. It is undeniable as far as many of the stories go, however, all would seem to be quite watered down now from the original intent, and for that I have to say, thank Whomever you wish, because those practices were horrid! Like the wine of Olympus which had to be watered lest it drive mortals insane, I would say the same goes for these early religious practices. I am heartily glad that we now have only representations of most of them. Enough said.

Here's one more thought. It doesn't pay to be the most beautiful, talented, wise or athletic. The gods will pay attention to you if you are, and that is almost never a good thing.

I am glad to have read this, it helps much with cultural references, and I will be saving it as a reference book. ( )
  MrsLee | Mar 14, 2021 |

Apasionado por el mundo clásico, Robert Graves publicó en 1955 esta recreación narrada de los mitos griegos, que se ha convertido con el paso de los años en una obra de referencia ineludible para iniciarse en el fascinante mundo de la antigüedad. La erudición y la magistral prosa de Graves combinadas dan como resultado una deslumbrante inmersión en los avatares de los héroes y los dioses, a través de una sucesión de mitos que siguen hoy iluminándonos sobre temas eternos como las pasiones, el odio, los celos, la culpa, la ambición, la codicia, el miedo, la traición, los deseos inconfesables... Firjadores de un universo simbólico que ha marcado el imaginario de Occidente a lo largo de la historia, por estas páginas desfilan Zeus, Narciso, Afrodita, Hermes, Atenea, Orestes, las Parcas, Apolo, Poseidón, Dioniso, Perseo, Sísifo, Midas, Teseo, Edipo, Penélope, Heracles... Un delicioso paseo por el mundo de los mitos griegos.
  FundacionRosacruz | Jan 8, 2018 |
Los mitos griegos sistematizan el amplísimo material de la mitología clásica de acuerdo con un método consistente en reunir en una narración armoniosa todos los elementos diseminados de cada mito, apoyados por variantes poco conocidas que pueden ayudar a determinar su significado, y en responder a todas las preguntas que van surgiendo en términos antropológicos o históricos.
  ameliabib | Mar 31, 2014 |
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The death of the Old Bull of the Year apparently poleaxed, and the birth of the New Year's Bull-Calf from a date cluster; under the supervision of a Cretan Priestess, who identifies herself with the palm-tree.
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