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The Greek Myths chapter 1 The Greek Myths, meaning The Greek Myths, genre The Greek Myths, book cover The Greek Myths, flies The Greek Myths, The Greek Myths 126e00c42f093 Combines In A Single Volume The Complete Text Of The Definitive Two Volume Classic, Citing All The Ancient Myths For A Full Appreciation Of Literature Or Visual Art, Knowledge Of The Greek Myths Is Crucial In This Much Loved Collection, Poet And Scholar Robert Graves Retells The Immortal Stories Of The Greek Myths Demeter Mourning Her Daughter Persephone, Icarus Flying Too Close To The Sun, Theseus And The Minotaur All Are Captured Here With The Author S Characteristic Erudition And FlairThe Greek Myths Is The Culmination Of Years Of Research And Careful Observation, However What Makes This Collection Extraordinary Is The Imaginative And Poetic Style Of The Retelling Drawing On His Experience As A Novelist And Poet, Graves Tells The Fantastic Stories Of Ancient Greece In A Style That Is Both Absorbing And Easy For The General Reader To Understand Each Story Is Accompanied By Graves Interpretation Of The Origins And Deeper Meaning Of The Story, Giving A Reader An Unparalleled Insight Into The Customs And Development Of The Greek World


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  1. says:

    The Greek Myths, Robert GravesThe Greek Myths 1955 is a mythography, a compendium of Greek mythology, with comments and analyses, by the poet and writer Robert Graves, normally published in two volumes, though there are abridged editions that present the myths only Each myth is presented in the voice of a narrator writing under the Antonines, such as Plutarch or Pausanias, with citations of the classical sources The literary quality of these retellings is generally praised 2015 1393 720 9786001761119 20


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    The Folio Society published this rather splendid two volume book of The Greek Myths by Robert Graves in 1996 I purchased it then but I basically only looked at it from time to time when I wanted to know about certain myths or gods, and thus there was always something that I could look up which would give me pleasure.This is not a book for the faint hearted as, well to me anyway, it is an excellent reference book that I will pick up from time to time and browse through it or look for further information I don t think that I could actually have sat down and read this from cover to cover as there is too much factual information and some of the names can be quite confusing.Also there were certain facts that I had in my head that I certainly proved to be wrong here Little things I know but I always thought that it was Pandora s box and not the jar and I had never even heard of The Sprites until I arrived at this part of the book Also the Minotaur, well my own interpretation of that was completely wrong.But when you think about the Greek Myths, it wasn t until I went through this introduction that I found out the following The Romans, who annexed Greece in the second century BC, modified the Olympian religion to include their own local gods and practices, but otherwise simply took Greek stories over lock, stock and barrel Sometimes names were changed as when Aphrodite became Venus or Odysseus Ulysses sometimes they were actually spelled differently as when Asclepius became Aesculapius sometimes no changes at all were made, so that stories with a particular Green location such as the spring of Hippocrene near Thebes, created when the winged horse Pegasus stamped his hoof on a rock were accepted quite happily by people who had never otherwise heard of, or seen, the originals So really all one can do about this rather complicated book as I ve done is to concentrate on for example, Pandora, as she fascinates me, to begin with and find out who she s related to which in itself is like being on an odyssey and working out from there as if I were a spider on the web awaiting my next kill.The Greek God Hermes Mercury to the Romans and the son of Zeus , I have a particular fondness for Many years ago I was in a garden centre in England and I saw this lovely little bronze statue of Mercury I paid a lot for it than I should have done but I knew that a pay cheque was around the corner and now it sits in my lounge Perhaps it should be in the garden but I like to be reminded of it So Mercury, sorry Hermes, I stand corrected Strange really but Hermes is one of my favourite perfumes.My only fault with this book lies with the two volumes, the index is at the end of the second one which is fair enough but it is still annoying when searching for an individual and then finding that it spans the two books.This is a delightful book and will give me pleasure for many years So try it, if you haven t already You may like it.


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    This is one of the gems I discovered, and purchased for a pittance, during my professional college days 1980 85.The old Current Books bookshop was an institution in Thrissur It was located in a very old building, with rows and rows of shelves and books arranged in no particular order There were rooms leading to rooms leading to rooms, dark and musty rooms filled with the wonderful smell of old books An ideal place to spend a Saturday afternoon, digging through the piles and piles of jumbled books, your mouth going dry with excitement when a treasure suddenly pops up Ah, halcyon days Sadly, the shop is no The corporation demolished it rightly because it was unsafe They now have an air conditioned store where the books are arranged alphabetically in neat rows, and you can enquire for a particular tome and it will pop up on the computer All the luxuries of modernity, but it does not work for me no sirree One of the saddest pictures in the world a favourite bookshop in the process of getting demolished.This was such an opportune find I did not know who the hell Robert Graves was at the time I was captivated by the covers of the Penguin India edition it was in two volumes , and I was nuts over mythology, so I immediately bought it It opened a whole new vista for me.Graves analyses mythology in strict historical context No psychological or philosophical musings here But his depth and breadth of coverage are fantastic Each short chapter first presents the story, then analyses it in detail through notes, with secondary references provided wherever required It is a book to savour at leisure, and justifies multiple readings if you want to get the maximum out of it.I would recommend it to any fan of mythology.


  4. says:

    When this edition says it s the complete and definitive edition of the Greek Myths it truly means it Well worth the hefty price tag and a book I will be consulting over and over and over again.


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    My edition came with an introduction by Kenneth McLeish which mentioned the importance of this book in re establishing the Greek myths as suitable reading for adults It also went on to highlight Robert Graves s extensive reading but McLeish was forced to acknowledge some weaknesses in Graves s scholarship.The legends themselves are very dry, descriptive accounts redolent of an essay on the story at hand rather than a retelling It s clear that the author carried out very thorough reading on the subject but was too determined to fit in every alternative version when sketching the tales and he does sketch them the characters never come to life and the stories are mere accounts according to some and others say are phrases which occur frequently throughout the book and sometimes even lists of alternative names are provided in this manner Such details have their place in the footnotes where the interested reader can find them if they wish.The footnotes themselves are of perhaps greater concern Graves may have read widely but probably selectively and certainly not critically He was clearly greatly influenced by Margaret Alice Murray and her theories on religion Even at the time, Murray s work was widely criticised by other academics and little has changed in that regard since if anything the academy has become entrenched in its criticisms of her Although Graves makes use of folkloric, ethnographic, historic and archaeological sources in interpreting the myths they all appear to have already been out of date in the 1950 s when he wrote this book and, worse, the sources themselves are not referenced Since Graves was happy to present his own ideas in the footnotes as well and all the supporting evidence and theories he uses are not referenced it s impossible to sort his own fancies from others It s also notable that all of the sources he does present conform to his own ideas a further sign of his writing to an agenda Murray influenced or not.


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    3.5 Stars Great bookThis book is great for someone who s interested in Greek myths, as the title may imply or scream This book is not a commentary on or a history of the myths It is simply the myths, wonderfully organized and beautifully told As someone who loves order, the organization of this book is a dream Graves divided the book into seven sections and within those sections he titles every myth This is all laid out in the table of contents Only want to read about Io Or The Vengeance of Orestes No problem, just find it in the contents and and get reading This also means that you can pick and choose what you want to read without having to flip through the whole book ideal for people only interested in certain characters myths One of my favorite sections is the very first one, which Graves calls In the Beginning As the name implies, this section deals with the creation of the universe and the big, or main, gods and goddesses I found it interesting to think about and compare the few different creation myths Graves includes the Pelasgian, Homeric and Orphic, and Olympian creation myths My personal favorite is Homeric and Orphic myth in large part because of the character of Night The character is so beautifully written that I wanted a whole story about her I also want to note that I will always love the story of the birth of Aphrodite It s pretty hard not to picture Botticelli s The Birth of Venus most consider Venus the Roman equivalent to Aphrodite Be warned, there is a whole lot of incest going on view spoiler and rape hide spoiler


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    Robert Graves The Greek Myths is a wonderful resource for learning about the myths of ancient Greece Originally published in 1955, it was updated for the last time in 1960 There are two volumes, but they are often available in a single book, which makes it easier for the reader to handle Graves does a wonderful job of making the myths easy to read and understand, and discusses the variations which often occurred in the myths His interpretation of the myths is a bit subjective, so the reader needs to treat that aspect as such.The volumes can be used in different ways One of the useful ways is as a reference for learning about references to Greek Mythology The table of contents provides 171 different myth titles to choose from, but if that doesn t help you find a particular reference, the index at the end of the second volume will help you locate the relevant myths that touch upon a particular name or subject.A second way to use the book is to simply browse until you find a myth that interests you and spend some time reading about it and its variations Each myth is explained in clear English and divided into paragraphs relating to each of the ancient Greek works which mention the myths These ancient references are then listed which easily provides the reader the information they need to do further investigation Lastly, additional notes are included which help to better understand the myths and put them into an historical perspective, though again this is not necessarily factual as much as it is supposition on the part of Graves Another way to use this book is to simply read it to gain an overall understanding of Greek myths I would say this book doesn t work as well in this way as it does in the prior ways The myths are intentionally split apart to better focus on the individual parts and so it doesn t flow In addition, many of the myths have multiple versions and Graves discusses many of these variations which also interfere with treating this book like a story book In addition the links to references and the material added to better understand the myths which are so useful for treating this as a reference, definitely get in the way of telling the story All that being said, you can still use the book in this way, it is just not the optimum format and there may be better books out there for this purpose.I have found this book to be very useful over the years It is very helpful when doing research, but also good for a diversion when one wants to look at one particular myth Some may not care for Graves personal input on the myths, but I think it is a useful perspective even if one doesn t agree with his conclusions Though not perfect, this book still rates five stars in my opinion.


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    There are several pros and cons to this book Pros It s very comprehensive in that it covers just about all the Greek mythology.Cons It s very focused towards the academic Each myth is told a break neck speed with a bare bones of story followed by a list or sources and then a list of how the myth came to be with interpretations of historical events persons basically and entomology This would be an invaluable tool to an academic but as some one who only wanted to read and enjoy the stories I skipped all that and consequently probably only read half the near 750 pages Also, in order to be academic each character is given their lineage which in a cast of thousands becomes tiresome Also each possible source is given a brief mention which becomes again, tiresome For example Graves might write a couple of paragraphs describing how a character murdered a king with a spear, married his wife and begat several children He then has a paragraph where he adds others say , or it s said elsewhere that it was in fact the named character that killed the king or if he did it was with a bow and arrow, or that it was the kings wife who killed him and then killed the named character and was then turned into an olive tree as punishment by the Gods Graves should be confident enough in his research translations to just present the story as he believes it unfolded.All in all I wish the stories could have been entertainingly told with some effort towards dialogue etc but that would mean the book would probably be 3000 pages As I said previously with this being aimed at the academic I guess it s not quite the book for those who just want to enjoy the highly entertaining stories that mythology represents.


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    If you plan to read Homer s The Iliad or The Odyssey, or any of the great plays of the Greek classicists, I have a suggestion for a book that will prove to be indispensable to you on your journey through these great works of literature Robert Graves 1895 1985 , the British poet, translator and novelist, produced some 140 works He is probably best known for his novel, I Claudius, and his historical study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess In the late 1950s, he also completed a two volume compilation and analysis of Greek mythology In this posting, I am reviewing the 1992 Penguin soft cover edition entitled, The Greek Myths Complete Edition It is encyclopedic in content, organization and structure, as well as size as it is nearly 800 pages in length It is my humble opinion that this really may be the very best desk reference on Greek mythology that is available I did quite a lot of research, on line and in the bookstores, before I made the decision to buy a copy of Graves book, and I really couldn t be satisfied.Graves starts off, rightly so, with the early Pelasgian creation myths that tell the stories of the creation of the Universe, the Titans, Titanesses, and the first man, Pelasgus Graves compares the early Pelasgian creation myths with the later Homeric, Orphic, and Olympian creation myths, and from there the reader is off to the races Graves takes each myth from the Creation through Odysseus homecoming at the end of The Odyssey and provides a synopsis of all of the variations, includes a comprehensive set of bibliographic citations associated with the source s for each myth and its variations, and then follows that up with detailed set of explanatory notes and comments Frankly, it is just this organizational structure that makes this book priceless, in my opinion Now, does the book lend itself to sitting down and reading it straight through, cover to cover No, not particularly I did, but then I wanted to read each myth all 171 of them as some of them I wasn t familiar with at all Having done that though, I can honestly say that I am completely convinced that Graves organizational scheme in this reference book is nothing short of brilliant I am also completely comfortable navigating my way around the book, starting from either the table of contents or index, reading the actual myth s , the source citations, and then exploring Graves notes and comments In summation, I d say that Graves has taken a scholarly approach in his presentation of the myths, documenting sources, and with his explanatory notes and commentary Having said that though, I also maintain that this is still an enjoyable and eminently readable book, and one that you could pick up and open to any page and start reading and just lose yourself for an hour or two.There s another fascinating aspect of this work that I want to highlight While Graves, in this volume, has collected and compiled the myths and stories of the ancient Greeks, he is obviously very interested in the genesis and spread of these myths through time and across cultural boundaries Consequently, Graves spends a lot of time and commentary on an etymological analysis of words no matter how arcane or archaic in establishing relationships between, for example, some of the creation myths emanating from Sumer e.g., the Epic of Gilgamesh , or the variations of similar myths found in Celtic regions of western Europe This makes sense to me too as peoples, with their customs, beliefs and ideas, were surely moving about and interacting with one another Now, whether one buys into all of the notions put forth by Graves in his commentaries, I ll leave that up to each reader to make up his or her mind, but I think he s on to something here like I said, it just seems to make sense.I think that the myths of ancient Greece are important, and will continue to be They are some of the foundational building blocks of much of the great literature, art, and music that we all love and appreciate today and, as such, they are an important part of our cultural and spiritual heritage as human beings They continue to provide artistic and philosophical inspiration to us in our lives, from the likes of John Keats great poems Endymion and Lamia, or the Daphnis et Chloe ballet musical score by Maurice Ravel, to graphical renditions of Agamemnon s murder at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, such as that by the Pre Raphaelite painter John Collier Graves The Greek Myths Complete Edition will help you make sense of these daily encounters with Greek mythology, and I hope will leave you looking for I highly recommend having a copy of Graves book on your bookshelf, right next to your dictionary, thesaurus, style guides, and poetry anthologies Its a keeper As the inveterate bibliophile that I am, I am now on the lookout for a hardbound copy of this wonderful book in two volumes, as it was originally published.


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    3.5 5