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Die Mythologie der Griechen: Band 1 Die Götter- und Menschheitsgeschichten quotes Die Mythologie der Griechen: Band 1 Die Götter- und Menschheitsgeschichten, litcharts Die Mythologie der Griechen: Band 1 Die Götter- und Menschheitsgeschichten, symbolism Die Mythologie der Griechen: Band 1 Die Götter- und Menschheitsgeschichten, summary shmoop Die Mythologie der Griechen: Band 1 Die Götter- und Menschheitsgeschichten, Die Mythologie der Griechen: Band 1 Die Götter- und Menschheitsgeschichten 96034aea After A Brief Introduction, The Complex Genealogies Of The Gods Lead Him From The Begettings Of The Titans And From Aphrodite Under All Her Titles And Aspects, To Apollo, Hermes And The Reign Of Zeus, Touching Upon The Affairs Of Pan, Nymphs, Satyrs, Cosmogonies And The Birth Of Mankind, Until He Reaches The Ineffable Mystery Of Dionysos The Lively And Highly Readable Narrative Is Complemented By An Appendix Of Detailed References To All The Original Texts And A Fine Selection Of Illustrations Taken From Vase Paintings

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  1. says:

    67 The Gods of the Greeks by Karl Ker nyitranslation from German by Norman Cameronpublished 1951format 286 page paperback 1994 reprint of 1979 edition acquired Marchread Nov 5 12rating 4wikipedia tells me Ker nyi was a classical philologist and that he was a Hungarian who spent a year in Switzerland and then never left Hungry had swung Nazi right It also tells me that his scientific interpretation of the figures of Greek mythology as archetypes of the human soul was in line with the approach of the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. This curiosity is not in display here, except for a brief comment in the introduction where he says that Greek mythology of interest for the study of human beings and that in the contemporary world that meant of course, an interest in psychology Instead the The Gods of the Greeks is a straight forward summary of everything the classical sources have to say about the Greek Gods He cites only about 200 sources and they are all classical He calls it a mythology of the Greek for adults It is however, anything but straightforward The mythology of Greeks is nowhere near as simple as Edith Hamilton, or anyone else presented it There is simply no consistency, but numerous and endless variations And presented in this form, in the way Ker nyi does, it is a bit overwhelming, a constant barrage of uncondensable information The archaic forms of so many tales have been lost that the whole body of what has reached us and can be presented has become exceedingly compact This compactness should not be artificially loosened Already in Ovid we find the archaic spirit has been spoilt in a process of dilution The author has decided against trying to provide any relief of this kind The reader s best plan, therefore, is to not absorb too much of this solid fare at a sitting, but to read only a few pages at a time and preferably than once, as he would read an ancient poem I quickly learned to follow his advice Somewhere around ten pages at a sitting my eyes would start to cross and pressing any further, I could feel my brain actively shrinking What comes out of this is no one single thing It s something of a massive compilation of information, in a very pure form It s also striking not only how unstructured all this was, but how one thing was many things and how associations and combinations means that many of these characters whom we see as distinct Gaia and Ouranos, Cronos Rhea Demeter and Persephone, Zeus Hera, Aphrodite Adonis, Ares, Athena, Apollo, Hermes, and Dyonisos Prometheus, Io, Fates, Furies, Typhon etc are merely variations on the same theme the same god or goddess concept could come in many variations then get recombined and forced apart by divine lineages Flexibility and openness seems to have been one rule perhaps variation from many forms of communal isolation and connection might have been another Certainly recommended to anyone who wants to know enough about mythology that they can finally rest assured they still really know nothing.

  2. says:

    In general, I like this classical work, the style Ker nyi uses, telling the tales from a storyteller s perspective, mostly, is very engaging and easy to read However, there are some points that I do hold against it One is the very common way in which Ker nyi conflates Deities and figures when they display similar functions or are thematically connected in some myths, i.e Conflating Demeter with Rhea, Gaia, and Persephone For a Hellenic polytheist, these things can be a bit egregious While still a valuable work I recommend any Hellenic polytheist to read, at least once, it does show it s age in some places, as well as scholarly biases Which is to be expected, honestly, but still should be kept in mind.

  3. says:

    This is one book that will take you to the very beginning of creation and take you all the way up to the birth and death of Dionysus Get ready for a roller coaster because that is what Greek mythology really is, a roller coaster Different Gods and Goddesses are sometimes identified as each other Sometimes the son is the father to a God depending on the Author that you read Karl Kerenyi pulled from different sources and they each have their own version He read from Homer, Hesiod or Orpheus Kerneyi s style can be tough to get through He tells the story and then midway gives you explanations and counter explanations I shall try to give an accurate summary.Orkeanos was a river god who with his wife gave birth to the Titans and creation Some say that the Goddess Nyx dropped an egg and the Earth and sky fertilized it cause the egg to hatch Orkeanos had a wife a wife Thetis and they had a daughter called Tethys Sometimes those two names are interchanged as though they are the same identity The next generation was Oranos and Gaia who gave birth to the Titans The Titans are strong and powerful yet unworthy of worship Kronos was the king and he was weary of his son, a son usurping his throne What did Kronos do He put one son down to the depths of the sea and the others he ate Zeus would be hidden in a cave and nursed by nursemaids Zeus was would rise up and challenge the Titans There were Castrations involved that went through generation to generation Seems father and sons had issues Once the Titans were defeated they were banished to Tartarus After the defeat of the Titans a group of giants rose up Zeus would later challenge and take on Typhon the dragon Gaia, Rhea and Thetis are sometimes seen as a triple goddess or three parts of the same being The trinity theory run through the Morai who are the fates that determine the life of men and gods The Erinye are avengers, The Grai are triple deities born with grey hairs At times they are seen as one other times as three Euribya is a goddess like this andd she is called the steel hearted Goddess.Demeter or the mother is sometimes conflated with Rhea and or Gaia Zeus makes love to her or rapes her and begets Persephone and then he rapes her Hades is scene as a dark cthonic aspect of Zeuss Hades abducts Persephone with Zeus s permission This cause Demeter to go into mourning and all of agricultural to shut down She stop in a kingdom and teaches the mysteries to her followers there Eventually Persephone returns after eating a pomegranite Hermes, Hekate and the Helios play a role Some legend s hold that Persephone never bothered coming back She reigned as Queen of the underworld Of course we all know that she returns for part of the year and then goes back to the underworld The legend does hint at female sovereignty in approving a marriage, which is why Zeus had to do it behind her back.Persephone is not the only deity to spend part of the year in the land of the dead A young queen fell in love with her father and begat a child He was killed in a hunting accident but since Aphrodite loved him so much he only had to spend a limited time of the year there and then he rotates back and forth With this very reminiscent of Dammuzi and Ishtar In fact Ishtar is Aphrodite in Greek guise Ishtar was born from an egg in the river that was pushed up by fish Aphrodite was born in the sea from the castrated testicle of Ouranos She was the Goddess of love At first she was wed to Hephastos the blacksmith good who was a dwarf and lame But that was not destined to last She ended up cavorting with Aries, the God of War Later on she would wed Pygmaliona dwarf king who fell in love with her statue.She would also couple with Hermes and bear children the most noteable is Hermaphrodite.Aries was Zeus s least favorite Hermes was born from Zeus and an nymph named Maia.He would start out his life by tricking a tortoise and killing it and stealing it s shell to make a musical instrument Next he would steal Appollo s cattle This caused a dispute and Hermes would give him the musical instrument later on There was an exchange of gifts Hermes is a master thief, flatterer and word smith He would beget Pan, a satyr type being He would make his way to Olympus and be adoptd by Dionysys another hormed deity Hephastos was the first born of Hera and Zeus but was cast out for being ugly.The book has lots of info It tells about the four generations of human being Also covered is the life and death of Dionysus This book is packed with information I read through it really quickly but it is dense Hope you enjoy.

  4. says:

    Originally published in 1951, this collection of Greek mythology contained a diverse grouping of stories I loved that it not only told the most common versions made popular by Ovid, but delved into Hesiod, as well as showing how the tales changed with the locations The reading can be a bit choppy at times as the author will bring up a god, only to state that his her story will be continued later Choppy reading aside, I found this book to be a good source of the various versions of Greek mythology, and greatly enjoyed the read I would recommend this book for anyone interested in reading about the lesser known versions of these well known myths.

  5. says:

    A very thorough list of Greek gods with all referenced perspectives in the myths, but only as relating to the gods The specific stories of the heroes and monsters are not detailed unless they coincide with the stories of the gods So in that respect it was disappointing, but otherwise it was really great Unfortunately, it didn t have the best organization, causing you to have to skip around the book to find information you may be interested in Not as good for quick reference, but reading through it was fun.

  6. says:

    A deep, yet not unreadable book Kerenyi loves his subject and it s reflected in his writing style It s definitely scholarly, and a wealth of various stories of the Greek gods My advice to anyone who wishes to read it would be that they should have a basic familiarity with the mythos and pantheon, along with the alternate spelling of names before they read it, as that can cause some confusion for the novice Other than that a fantastic read

  7. says:

    This book and its companion about heroes is an interesting compromise between the simpler retellings, like D Aulaire s and denser and complicated renderings like Graves or Calasso It is scholarly and comprehensive, but also straightforward and readable The use of non standard non latinate transliterations of names from the Greek Oidipous for the familiar Oedipus, for instance can be unnecessarily confusing.

  8. says:

    Absolutely five stars, but it did take forever to read I always had to stop and look up how to pronounce so many words and names Hindsight tells me that I should have made my own family tree for the titans, gods, and others, all starting at page one.

  9. says:

    I enjoyed this book immensly I read it twice so I could easily pronounce and better remember the names of the titans, gods, heroesm, and places This book is not for a novice to mythology but it is very good Start with Bulfinch

  10. says:

    I only got about halfway through this book before I gave it up When reading greek mythology, I prefer to read it in story form, which is just so much interesting and enjoyable Greek mythology that reads like and encyclopedia is sooo boring.

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