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Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The… (1881 original; edició 1967)

de Thomas Bulfinch (Autor)

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For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known. The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood. The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement."… (més)
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Títol:Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry (Laurel Classic)
Autors:Thomas Bulfinch (Autor)
Informació:Laurel (1959), 448 pages
Col·leccions:Non-fiction, La teva biblioteca
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Bulfinch's Mythology de Thomas Bulfinch (1881)

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This was not a fun mythology read. I kind of liked it, but I'm just glad I finished the whole thing. Keep in mind this book was published in the late 1800s and keep in mind this is not about all kinds of mythology. If you have an interest in Greco-Roman (mostly Roman) mythology, King Author, and Charlemagne you might enjoy this, but even I found Bulfinch's writing tedious. It's worth the read, but it's dated compared to some modern mythology books.

At times this book tries to cover other types of mythology, but briefly. Clearly he cared more about Roman and King Author mythology. Maybe he didn't know too much about the other stuff, but to call this "mythology" is kind of misleading. The third part of this book is more history/lore than mythology. Not sure if Charlemagne truly belongs in this book or not.

Besides the fact that this focuses on mythology the only reason I read this was because it was referenced in the comic book Fables with "Bulfinch" Street. Not only that, I can see Fables used some of this books ideas on knights and chivalry...which this book goes into more than mythology in my opinion.

Overall I'm glad I read this, but most of this was a review thanks to college. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
Fair/good
  GoshenMAHistory | Mar 29, 2022 |
read as a child, mostly the Greek and Roman
  ritaer | Dec 13, 2021 |
For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.
The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863).
  Daniel464 | Sep 1, 2021 |
Actual Rating: 3.75/5 stars
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Gosh, I loved reading these stories. They were fascinating and attention grabbing (and attention keeping). However, I do feel like this book could have been organized a bit better. Reason 1: despite a few rereads of the introductions for each section (of which, there were 3 due to 3 sections), it was occasionally hard to see how some of the stories fit under the section that they were placed under. Reason 2: Some of the stories were broken down into 2 parts (and in 2 cases, into 3 parts), and their corresponding chapters read like “Arthur” and “Arthur (Continued).” While combining these may have added to a chapter’s length, I feel like it would have been better to combine the chapters like these and make subheadings to differentiate sections when necessary. I’m actually giving it a 3.75 star rating because I felt like couldn’t give it a full 4 of 5 stars, and 3 stars felt too low. I did really enjoy this overall, and I do recommend it as a read. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
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Thomas Bulfinchautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Blaisdell, ElinoreIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Graves, RobertPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martin, Richard P.Editorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The religions of ancient Greece and Rome are extinct. (Chapter One)
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For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known. The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood. The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement."

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