In spite of its flaws, ancient Greek society was essentially heroic. Look at the heroism of modern works like Ulysses by James Joyce or The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. They both state that everyday life, however innocuous, becomes grand once one ascribes to it a mythical sense of purpose. This is exactly what the ancient Greeks did. Their reality was alive with meaning; every detail of every moment was under the influence of Gods, Naiads, and Nymphs. They deified their aspirations and humanized their surroundings with a sort of metaphysical optimism, and this worldview advanced them into a cultured civilization. Hamilton does a wonderful job of illustrating this worldview in her retelling of these tales, breathing new life into ancient material, making them as vivid as the day that they were conceived by the poets who believed in them and lived side-by-side with their mythic reality. And this 75th Anniversary Edition is one of the most beautifully designed books I’ve ever seen, with modern illustrations, title pages, and family trees. This book is a truly heroic effort, in the classical sense of the word. — From Salvatore's Picks
This 75th anniversary edition of a classic bestseller is stunningly illustrated and designed to enchant fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology at all ages.
Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller.
For more than seven decades readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the enchanting world of mythology -- from Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom. This deluxe, hardcover edition is fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned art, making it a true collector's item.
About the Author
Edith Hamilton (1868-1963) was born of American parents in Dresden, Germany, and grew up in Indiana. Through the first quarter of the twentieth century she was the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Upon retiring, she began to write about the civilizations of the ancient world and soon gained world renown as a classicist. Her celebrated and bestselling books include Mythology, The Greek Way, The Roman Way, and The Echo of Greece. She regarded as the high point of her life a 1957 ceremony in which King Paul of Greece named her an honorary citizen of Athens.