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Bulfinch's Mythology (Complete and Unabridged)

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Almost 150 years ago, a Boston banker collected the great tales of the gods and goddesses of greek, roman, scandinavian, celtic and oriental mythology, along with the age of chivalry.

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Publisher's Synopsis

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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"Popularly known as Bulfinch's Mythology, the volume became one of the most popular books ever published in the United States and the standard work on classical mythology for nearly a century..."      ~Carl J. Richard

Excerpt

"IF no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation. But if that which tends to make us happier and better can be called useful, then we claim that epithet for our subject. For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness."

Biography
Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867), the American writer, is credited as being the person who made European mythology accessible to the common people in America. Such was the popularity of his works that till today, along with other classics such as Gulliver’s Travels and Pilgrims Progress, his book The Age of Fable is regarded as essential reading in order to understand the significance of religious mythology in European culture.

Author Bulfinch, Thomas
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 862 pp.
Publisher Modern Library 1998
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