The Greek Myths: Stories of the Greek Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold by Robin WaterfieldUpon finally completing this book, I can wholly say that I have mixed feelings about this.
One point I would just like to throw out there is that I felt like reading this took me a very long time, so that is saying something in itself. I obviously was just not feeling entirely compelled to pick this up at every oportunity I had.
The main issue that I found with this book, and probably the cause for the book to miss out on 2 stars, was that it was extremely biblical in the way it was written. Come all ye muses is a loose example of what I mean, where I felt like the writers were trying to transport me to the times, which would have been cool if it had not have been in such a preachy way. There are a ton more examples that I cannot be bothered to find again. This aspect made me feel like it was a bit biased in the descriptions of the gods and the accounts of heroes, which would have been fine in a regular fiction book, but because this gives the lure of a somewhat factual account in the content it provides, that was not acceptable.
The second and last MAIN flaw, and the last Ill mention, is I feel like somethings were misreported or spelled. The first example of this would be that Cronus is spelled differently to how I usually see it Kronus. But in saying that, my only other point of reference would be from the Percy Jackson books, and lets be honest, theyre complete works of fiction! This then could just be a different way of spelling it, that years of translation has altered. The second example is The Caucasin Mountains... Lol, what? (Okay, I will admit I thought it said Caucasian, as in white, for the longest time xD)
I searched this up & all I got was The Caucasus Mountains. So maybe this is an actual error, or it could be that it was once named differently.
The points I liked about this book is that its writing was packed full of descriptions that were vivid. It included a lot of wondrous works of arts (which were sometimes featured on irrelevant pages). It definitely provides a detailed retelling, if somewhat biased, of the most famous Greek Myths. The biblical aspect comes to play once again, but as a strong point, because it gave a lot of power to the end. If there is one thing I have learned from reading this, it is that you should learn from others mistakes.. If someone has angered the gods in one way, dont try it and hope to gain some sort of satisfaction. (my example being both Lycaon and Tantalus trying to test the gods by serving them human flesh).
Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! ^_^
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Check out these ghastly Greek myths from the time of the Ancient Greeks! Read on, if you dare…. They often feature heroic battles and terrible creatures, and taught the importance of bravery, intelligence, and right and wrong. They showed that even the gods, like mortal men, could be punished or rewarded for their actions. Details of the ancient tales have been found on everything from pottery to temples to stone statues! On the other, Charybdis creates a deadly whirlpool.
Greek mythology , body of stories concerning the gods, heroes, and rituals of the ancient Greeks. That the myths contained a considerable element of fiction was recognized by the more critical Greeks, such as the philosopher Plato in the 5th—4th century bce. In general, however, in the popular piety of the Greeks, the myths were viewed as true accounts. Greek mythology has subsequently had extensive influence on the arts and literature of Western civilization, which fell heir to much of Greek culture. Greek myth takes many forms, from religious myths of origin to folktales and legends of heroes.
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Phil has always been interested in the ancient tales and myths from the past. The myths and stories of the ancient Greeks are some of the most well-known stories in the world. - This section of the site covers some of the most popular myths, legends and stories of ancient Greece.
The ancient Greeks told stories about their gods. These stories are called myths short for mythology, or stories about gods. Stories about the ancient Greek gods are still told today. Each storyteller told the stories in their own way, but whatever power and personality a god had was consistent from story to story. For example, Zeus was the king of all the gods, and only Zeus could throw lightning bolts. The magical world of the ancient Greek gods was a world full of bickering and fights and wars and compromise and fear and fun and punishment and love. Many myths were based on the fact that gods, like mortal men, could be punished or rewarded for their actions.