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Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes

Written by Thomas Bulfinch

Narrated by Jonathan Cowley


Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes

Written by Thomas Bulfinch

Narrated by Jonathan Cowley

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4/5 (16 ratings)
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13 hours
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Released:
May 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781452672199
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Audiobook

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First published in three separate volumes from 1855 to 1863, Bulfinch's Mythology quickly became the standard source of classic tales from ancient Greece and Rome, the Norse tradition, and beyond. This edition contains the full text of The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, the first volume of Bulfinch's seminal work. From stories of the Greek gods of Mt. Olympus to retellings of the Iliad and the Odyssey, from descriptions of mythological monsters to tales of Hindu and Egyptian deities, Bulfinch's versions of these classic stories bring their characters to life. Throughout the text, Bulfinch includes examples of literary interpretations of and allusions to the various stories and points out proverbial expressions that have their origins in the mythology he relates, making this a vital reference for students of literature as well as a delightfully vibrant collection of the stories that form our cultural heritage.
Publisher:
Released:
May 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781452672199
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (3/5)
    This is a highly comprehensive book, so it's rather long, and took me quite some time to read it. It was great to see so many familiar names and tales presented in their original context. I'm not sure how much of it I really absorbed, but it's a great resource for anyone interested in mythology.
  • (4/5)
    A very interesting read. A lot of the myths I read elsewhere are completely different than the ones I read elsewhere. I'm not sure which myths are the more prevalent, but the differences were very interesting.

    As I like to include some mythology and mythological stories into my writings, I think this will be a very helpful tool. My copy of "D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths" brings in the whimsical, while "Bulfinch's" bring in a more practical view.
  • (4/5)
    Thoroughly enjoyable. That is, if you love ancient tales.
  • (4/5)
    I worked my way through this thick volume over the course of a few weeks in August, wanting to take my time with it and dig in a bit. I didn't find Bulfinch's summaries all that interesting, in the end, but I suspect it will be useful to have this book around for the occasional reference need. It's certainly a handy thing to have so many different mythologies highlighted within two covers.
  • (5/5)
    The definitive collection of mythology, although from a decidedly Anglo Christian perspective. It's actually interesting to ferret out the slant Bulfinch brings to a text which would benefit from a less biased perspective. It is helpful to have a basic knowledge of the myths that have informed culture, both classical and popular over the years. It's also very useful for doing crosswords.
  • (5/5)
    The author was a well-educated and underemployed bank clerk in Boston who used his spare time to research classical mythology. Thomas Bulfinch was born in 1796, one of three sons of the great Unitarian architect. But unlike his two successful brothers, Thomas only failed in several businesses. At age 41, taking a modest clerical job, he began to write what became the definitive and important series of works on mythology, fables and legends. To this day, Bulfinch supersedes in quality and readership much of the scholastic materials written by academicians. This three-volume collection presents Bulfinch's studies first published in one combined volume in 1881: The Age of Fable presents the Greek and Roman myths of the classical period. The Age of Chivalry is a retelling of the legends of King Arthur, Robin Hood, and sundry British/Celtic folk tales. The third part, the Legends of Charlemagne, recounts tales drawn from France, Germany, and Africa.
  • (4/5)
    An excellent introduction to the stories told by our ancestors to each other in the dark winter evenings. The tales are summarised, the characters listed, and the subject ready for you to explore deeper if you wish.
  • (4/5)
    A good addition to anyone's mythology collection. I am disappointed by the heavy focus Greco-Roman mythology, since books on that topic are easy to come by, and the sparse attention to Irish mythology. However, there is a nice portion of medieval myths that aren't commonly encountered. Remember, though, that this isn't a modern book, so you'll need to be prepared for that 1700-1800s style of writing, which some other reviewers have remarked as being dry or otherwise unappealing. If you can get beyond that, you'll find this book to be an essential resource.
  • (3/5)
    A fantastic reference book that is also fun to read. My only disappointment was the fact that to contain all of the tales they had to be summarized and not written out in their entire splendor.
  • (4/5)
    The only problem with Bulfinch's Mythology is how all of the stories are summarized. I would like to read translations of the stories instead.
  • (5/5)
    THE reference book for mythology. I may have gone on to other works as the years pass but I still come back to this work. It is very reminisent of high school and all that angst for me. I believe I had all the answers back then....THis book is definitely a must.
  • (5/5)
    An excellent introduction into Western mythologies! If anyone is looking for a portal book into myth studies or just interested in reading a number of diverse myths, this is the book to start with.
  • (4/5)
    This along with Edith Hamilton's Mythology is one of THE classic texts of mythology (in fact this is probably considered THE ONE to most basic college mythology (read Old White Men --No Offense)professors) i know this was mine. And it does cover the basics and i still refer to it from time to time but i find it a little dry. (and really--mythology should be anything but dry!!!)
  • (4/5)
    A great all around resource for a variety of myths, mostly focused in Greek and Roman mythology but with some medieval ones as well.