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Bulfinch's Mythology: the Age of Fable   By: (1796-1867)

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Bulfinch's Mythology: the Age of Fable, written by Thomas Bulfinch, is a captivating exploration into the world of ancient mythology. Drawing upon multiple sources and his extensive knowledge of legends, the author presents a rich tapestry of stories that have enchanted readers for centuries.

One of the standout features of this book is the comprehensive nature of its content. Bulfinch covers a wide range of mythological traditions, including Greek, Roman, Norse, and even some lesser-known folklore from around the world. By incorporating a diverse array of myths, the author ensures a broad readership can find something of interest within these pages.

The book is divided into various chapters, with each chapter focusing on a specific mythological theme or figure. This organization makes it easy to navigate and allows readers to focus on areas they find particularly intriguing. Furthermore, Bulfinch presents the myths with clarity and conciseness, making them accessible to both those new to mythology and those seeking a refresher.

What makes Bulfinch's Mythology truly special is not only its retelling of classic tales but also the way in which the author weaves historical context and analysis into the narrative. Bulfinch provides insights into the origins of these myths and their cultural significance, allowing readers to grasp the broader context in which they were created. His inclusion of historical anecdotes and connections between different mythologies enhances the reading experience and offers a deeper appreciation for these ancient stories.

Another admirable aspect of this book is Bulfinch's elegant and engaging writing style. His prose flows smoothly, effortlessly luring readers into the enchanting world of mythology. The author's descriptive language paints vivid pictures, making it easy to visualize the characters and their quests. Bulfinch strikes a perfect balance between staying true to the original myths while ensuring that they are accessible and relatable for modern readers.

While the sheer breadth of material covered in Bulfinch's Mythology is commendable, it does result in occasional brevity. Some readers might long for more in-depth analysis or background information on certain myths or characters. However, it is important to note that this book serves as an excellent introductory guide rather than a scholarly examination.

Overall, Bulfinch's Mythology: the Age of Fable is an invaluable resource and an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the stories that have shaped human culture. Thomas Bulfinch's expert storytelling, combined with his insightful commentary, makes this book a classic in its own right. Whether you are a mythology enthusiast or simply curious about the ancient tales that have endured throughout history, this book is sure to transport you to a realm of gods, heroes, and mythical creatures.

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Chapter I Origin of Greeks and Romans. The Aryan Family. The Divinities of these Nations. Character of the Romans. Greek notion of the World. Dawn, Sun, and Moon. Jupiter and the gods of Olympus. Foreign gods. Latin Names. Saturn or Kronos. Titans. Juno, Vulcan, Mars, Phoebus Apollo, Venus, Cupid, Minerva, Mercury, Ceres, Bacchus. The Muses. The Graces. The Fates. The Furies. Pan. The Satyrs. Momus. Plutus. Roman gods.

Chapter II Roman Idea of Creation. Golden Age. Milky Way. Parnassus. The Deluge. Deucalion and Pyrrha. Pandora. Prometheus. Apollo and Daphne. Pyramus and Thisbe. Davy's Safety Lamp. Cephalus and Procris

Chapter III Juno. Syrinx, or Pandean Pipes. Argus's Eyes. Io. Callisto Constellations of Great and Little Bear. Pole star. Diana. Actaeon. Latona. Rustics turned to Frogs. Isle of Delos. Phaeton. Palace of the Sun. Phoebus. Day. Month. Year. Hours. Seasons. Chariot of the sun. People of Aethiopia. Libyan Desert. The Wells Dry. The Sea Shrinks. Phaeton's Tomb. The Heliades

Chapter IV Silenus. Midas. Bacchus's Reward to Midas... Continue reading book >>

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