Of old the Hellenic race was marked off from the barbarian as more keen-witted and more free from nonsense. — Herodotus I: 60

This weekend you are asked to read the introductions to Edith Hamilton’s  Mythology and Bulfinch’s Mythology, edited by Edmund Fuller and annotate as you do so.  After that reading share your thoughts here with your classmates.  Ask questions, make observations, carry on a class discussion online.

As always, please  be sure to include many specific details from each text to support your opinions and follow all the rules of standard written English.   In addition, remember to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #1

40 thoughts on “Of old the Hellenic race was marked off from the barbarian as more keen-witted and more free from nonsense. — Herodotus I: 60

  1. The Greeks wrote many myths in their lifetime, trying to explain how the world worked, or just for plain entertainment. They created gods and heroes, and each god had a specific job, or a thing that they controlled. The Greeks thought that the world was flat and circular, and only knew of the people that lived around them. “The Greeks believed the earth to be flat and circular, their own country occupying the middle of it…knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country”( pp. 13-14, Bulfinch’s Mythology). Here, we can see that the Greeks thought that they were one of the only ones on the planet, which possibly led to them freely making their own choices and following their own thoughts. They thought the rest of the world was covered with monsters. Also, unlike the Egyptians, the gods they made were in their own image, which is to say that they looked like real humans. “The Greeks made their gods in their own image. That had never entered the mind of human before. Until then, gods had had no semblance of reality”( pp. 16, Mythology).
    The Greeks were very creative and open-minded, and sought to prove happenings. Although their “findings” were not accurate, they are still known today.

  2. After reading the introductions to Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and Bulfinch’s Mythology, my first thoughts are that the writing is strange. At points it’s hard to understand what the author is trying to say, or they use words seldom said today. Regarding the actual mythology, both books describe and talk about the Greek gods. In Mythology, a point that struck me is when Edith Hamilton compares the Greek deities to those of Egypt. “The Greeks, unlike the Egyptians, made their gods in their own image.” Egyptian gods and goddesses were created after animals, for example a cat or a jackal. However, in Greece, they had sculpted their gods in their own vision. For instance, Apollo was created in the image of a human athlete in the games. This allowed for the Greeks to feel more comfortable and familiar, in contrast to the frightening animal gods. “Laughter in the presence of an Egyptian sphinx or an Assyrian bird-beast was inconceivable; but it was perfectly natural in Olympus, and it made the gods companionable. In Bulfinch’s Mythology, the author simply names and speaks about gods and their backgrounds. I noticed that I knew many of the gods mentioned from other books I’ve read like Percy Jackson. Additionally, in both books, no story was told yet. I assume that the authors are sort of warming up, and in the next chapters they will start to tell actual mythological tales. Overall, although it’s a bit hard to read, I think it will be interesting to learn the stories behind all the Greek gods.

    • Great blog. I also think that the writing is a bit hard to understand, but like in “Great Expectation”, it will become easier as we get further into the books. 🙂

  3. These two books are both about Greek mythology. In Mythology by Edith Hamilton it states “Greek and Roman mythology is quite generally supposed to show us the way the human race thought and felt untold ages ago. Through it, according to this view, we can retrace the path from civilized man who lives so far from nature, to man who lived in close companionship with nature; and the real interest of the myths is that they lead us back to a time when the world was young and people had a connection with the earth, with trees and seas and flowers and hills, unlike anything we ourselves can feel.(pg.12)” This is a great description of Greek mythology is. It is the Greeks trying to justify the earth around them. In Bulfinch’s Mythology by Edmund Fuller it states “The Dawn, the Sun, and the Moon were supposed to rise out of the Ocean, on the eastern side, and to drive through the air, giving light to gods and men.(pg.14)” This is one of the many things the Greeks came up with explanations for. There were gods for the ocean, wind, trees, music; almost anything you could think of. It was believed that the gods could make a mortal, which was a normal person, immortal and take them to a special place. The Greeks created a complex system of how the world came to be through gods. The gods had children which were other things like the trees. These set up an order of how earth is made. No one practices this Greek mythology anymore but it is still fascinating to learn about.

  4. These two books are mostly about Greek and Roman mythology. The parts we have read so far are introductions to the books. They both speak of mythology in two different opinions. They give us some background information on the Greek and Roman gods , and what their opinion on mythology is. Edith Hamilton writes about what she thinks of Greek and Roman mythology, how it showed what people back then believed in and what they were like, while Bulfinch’s Mythology talks on their purpose for this book and gives background information on the Greek and Roman gods, including what the Earth is like to them. Also, if you look closely, you can see that there is a time gap between the two books. Although Bulfinch’s Mythology was published in the 1900s, Bulfinch wrote it in the 1800s, so you can see a difference between the two books, as Edith Hamilton’s words sound more modern than Bulfinch’s Mythology that shows several references of poems made much earlier in the day that people today would most likely not know of, like “On The Morning Of Nativity.” It will be interesting to hear about mythology told by two different people with different opinions and time periods.

  5. Both books start off by talking about Greek Mythology in their introductions. They give lots of background on the gods, and talk about what some of the most prestigious and famous Greek Gods are. They also talk about some of the writers of these stories of Greek Mythology. Then the books split off into different directions, and the author either talks about their opinions on Greek Mythology or their purpose of writing their book. But, both offer intricate explanations of what it is, and also compared it to other mythology of other peoples. In Bulfinch’s Mythology, it states that the Greeks thought they were the center of the world, and that they did not have much contact with any other people outside of their civilization. Therefore, they created their own gods from their own thoughts, insetad of adapting and changing other people’s gods and goddesses. In Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, it states the same thing, that the Greeks created the gods from their own vision. The books also compare the gods and goddesses to other mythologies, notably the Egyptians. They say that the Greeks made the gods similarly to humans, and therefore were able to relate to the gods much more than the Egyptians were able to. The Egyptian gods were more like animals than humans, so they were less approachable and less like people. Both books speak greatly about Greek Mythology, and it seems that they will also offer two differing perspectives on the many stories about the Greek gods.

  6. During the first few pages of each book, we get some background information on Greek Mythology and the Greek culture/beliefs. Unlike most religions, Greek gods were portrayed with Human characteristics, such as their physical features and inner personalities. The text states, “The Greeks made their gods in their own image. That had not entered the mind of man before. Until then, gods had had no semblance of reality. They were unlike all living things,” (Edith Hamilton “Mythology” page 16). Because their gods looked and acted like real humans, the Greeks understood the way of their gods more deeply, and could listen and interact with their gods. “Human gods naturally made heaven a pleasantly familiar place. The Greeks felt at home in it. They knew just what the divine inhabitants did there, what they ate and drank and where they banqueted and how they amused themselves….Still, with proper care a man could be quite fairly at ease with them. He was even perfectly free to laugh at them,’ (Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology” page 17). The understanding relationship between the Greeks and their gods may have been the reason for the success and growth of their civilization. They were motivated and guided by their gods. In Bulfinch’s Mythology, we get some background on who and what the gods are. We also get some brief background on each god and how they are related to each other. Honestly, there are so many to keep track!

  7. Throughout the introductions two books, Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton and Bulfinch’s Mythology, by Edmund Fuller, there were many similarities. Both the books talked about Greek and Roman mythology but what both of mentioned which intrigues me the most is that we can read these books but we can’t fully understand Roman and Greek mythology because we are living in a different time period. The stories mentioned how when reading this, we won’t understand the purpose of things because we are used to the world we live in today which is different than the one Romans and greeks lived in. In Timeless Tales of Gods and heroes, it mentioned, “we can retrace the path from civilized man who lives far from nature, to man who lived close companionship with nature; and the real interest of the myths is that they lead us back to a time when the world was young and people had a connection with the earth, with trees and seas and flowers and hills, unlike anything we ourselves can feel” . I find this interesting because it implies that now a days we take things for advantage and we can’t fully understand what it was like for Greeks. In Bulfinch’s Mythology it says, “But how is mythology to be taught to one who does not learn it through the medium of the languages of Greece and Rome?” This mentions how things are different from the original text. As the two books continue to explain Roman and Greek mythology, the reader can imagine themselves in Greek and Roman shoes but it won’t exactly fit due to today’s circumstance.
    Some questions I have:
    Do you think that it’s true that the reader can’t understand what the Romans and Greeks went through? If so, why do you think that way
    What is this book trying to tell the reader?

  8. Over the weekends, we read the introductions for each of the mythology books. What confused me a little was that in Bulfinch’s Mythology, they were talking about the Greeks, but used the Roman names for the gods. The Romans and Greeks had different names for their gods, but here the Greeks were calling Zeus, Jupiter, and Hera, Juno. There is nothing wrong with the names, but it seems weird that they would be using the Roman names in Greece. In Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, she uses the Greek names for the Greek gods. I found that interesting how the two books are about the same thing but have different approaches to their topics. Also in Bulfinch’s Mythology, Jupiter’s brothers were Neptune and Pluto. In the parenthesis, Neptune was Poseidon but Pluto was Dis. From the mythology that I am familiar with, Pluto would have been Hades, and not Dis. I did some research and found that Dis was the earlier form of the name, and was later substituted by the name Hades. I did not know that before. Another version of the story that I was not familiar with was when Metis caused a drought so that Saturn would free his children. “…Metis (Prudence), who administered a draught to Saturn which caused him to disgorge his children.”(16) I know the story of how Zeus gave Saturn a liquid that made him vomit up his siblings. But although some of the stories do not correspond to how I knew them, there were many that I didn’t know and want to learn more about. Overall, I am really excited to read these novels and learn more about Greek mythology.

  9. In the introductions of Bulfinch’s Mythology and Edith’s Mythology, lots of information about MYTHOLOGY are given. It is evident that the Greeks wrote many myths in their existence, for the purpose of trying to explain how the world worked, or entertainment. They created gods and heroes, and each god had a specific job or an important symbol that they represented. Many gods are explained with their representation in the introductions. In Mythology, Edith Hamilton compares the Greek deities to Egyptian deities. The text states, “The Greeks, unlike the Egyptians, made their gods in their own image.” The Egyptian gods and goddesses were created after animals, whereas Greek gods had been sculpted by sculptors from their own perspectives. Oftentimes, Greek gods were created in the form of normal people that sculptures had encountered. For example, Apollo was created in the image of a human athlete in the games. This gave Greek gods a sense of realism that the Egyptian gods lacked. In addition, the Greeks thought that the world was flat and circular, instead of round and spherical. Also, the only known people to the Greeks were themselves, with the rest of the world filled with monsters. The text states, “The Greeks believed the earth to be flat and circular, their own country occupying the middle of it…knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country”( pg. 13-14, Bulfinch). Overall, many interesting facts regarding Greek gods are incorporated into the introductions of these two novels. I hope to read more about Greek mythology because I studied it in Mr. Enright’s social studies class not too long ago. I want to learn some more stories as well, and see how this novel will develop in the near future.

  10. Over the weekend, we read pages from two books, Mythology by Edith Hamilton and Bullfinch’s Mythology by Edmund Fuller. In these two books, it describes Greek and Roman culture and religion. They had a similar belief in gods; however, they had different names. For example, Zeus is Jupiter and Hera is Juno. Another idea that contrasts the two civilizations are that Greek civilizations were very secluded from the outside world. They thought they were the only ones on earth and everything else surrounding them were monsters and creatures ready to pounce on them. They also thought the world was flat like many non believers today.“The Greeks believed the earth to be flat and circular, their own country occupying the middle of it…knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country”( pp. 13-14) Bullfinch’s Mythology. Roman civilizations are also remembered in history classes today. Although many of their beliefs are rarely followed, many of their architectural buildings and sites are admired and acknowledged today.

    • This was very well written Anjali, and the points that you discussed were very interesting to me while reading the books and while reading your blog. Great Job!

  11. After reading the introduction to both Bulfinch’s Mythology, abridged by Edmund Fuller, and Mythology, by Edith Hamilton, there is much I have observed. While both books take on the same topic of mythology, they do so quite differently. First, Bulfinch’s Mythology. I read this version first, and found it to be quite blunt. After a short preface, the author gets right into the thick of the mythology, stating, “In order to understand these stories, it will be necessary to acquaint ourselves with the ideas of the structure of the universe which prevailed among the Greeks.” (page 13). The author then goes into how the Greeks perceived their world and gives a general family tree of the gods. I found this version to read the same way as Great Expectations, yet it did not hinder my reading as much as I was used to much of what was being discussed. However, I found this introduction to be a little confusing a they used much of the Roman/Latin god names interchangeably with Greek ones. After finishing Bulfinch’s Mythology, I went into Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. I found this introduction to delve much deeper and have a much greater analysis than that of Bulfinch. Instead of focusing so much on the gods, she took a step back and looked at the people who crafted the myths. Hamilton even goes so far as to say, “The Greeks made their gods in their own image. That had not entered the mind of man before….Human gods naturally made heaven a pleasantly familiar place. The Greeks felt at home in it.” (pages 16 and 17). I found this introduction much more thorough and entertaining than Bulfinch’s. While both introductions contrast each other, they both have similarities. They both praise the Greeks, and by extension the Romans, for many things, including their impact on civilization and on the world of literature. As we continue reading, I look forward to see how these two interpretations differ from each other.

    • Matt, I really like your comparison of how the two books explain mythology, and how you explained the differences and similarities between them. Great work!

  12. In these first pages of Bulfinch’s Mythology and Edith Hamilton Mythology we go through the introductions of both books. It talks about the Greek culture and why Mythology was and is so important. Everyone knows about Greek Mythology and has an idea about what is and what it deals with but this dig deeper and went on to explain some of the thoughts and ideas that the Greeks believed in along with what their myths were about. The introduction of Bulfinch’s Mythology, talked about how the Greeks thought the Earth was flat and how they thought their area took up most of the land that was there. This led to how some of their beliefs about the earth’s shape would translate into their stories. Edith Hamilton Mythology mentioned a lot about how the gods in Greek history were seen as more human figures, which made the people relate to them more. The gods were still all powerful and incredibly mighty, but they were easier to believe because they were seen to have similar factors of real, everyday people. People could visit where someone like Hercules was from and that made them feel closer to the gods, than like an Egyptian whose gods were farther from them. Both books started to introduce a lot of the well known gods, their stories and their personalities. We learned about Zeus and Hera and what they were like, and many more. It will be interesting to see these gods and their ways of life come together in the myths that we will read later on. What has been introduced to us so far, will be helpful to the later development of these gods and how the people perceived them.

  13. We read the introductions from two books, Mythology by Edith Hamilton and Bullfinch’s Mythology by Edmund Fuller. Each novel discusses Greek and Roman culture. Bulfinch’s Mythology first starts by stating that the Greeks believed that “The Greeks believed the earth to be flat and circular, their own country occupying the middle of it…knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country” (p. 13). The book goes on by stating that, based on this fact, Greek stories were made. Also, the novels use different names for the gods such as Zeus as Jupiter and Hera as Juno. The authors switched names a lot and that got confusing as I read the books. The other novel focuses more on how the people are connected with the gods and related them the Egyptians. Egyptians make their gods all-mighty and perfect, whereas Greeks and Romans make their gods more human-like. “The Greeks made their gods in their own image. That had not entered the mind of man before….Human gods naturally made heaven a pleasantly familiar place. The Greeks felt at home in it.” (pp. 16-17). I hope to find out more about each stories’ views about mythology. This will be interesting considering the fact that they both talk about the same topic. Their differences will show that everyone has a different standpoint on any topic.

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. I also thought that the many different names each god had were confusing. Many of the other points you brought up were also relevant. Overall, nice blog it added to he overall conversation.

  14. This weekend we began to read two books, Mythology, and Bulfinch’s Mythology. We read the introductions to both and got the gist of what we would be reading about. They talked about Greek and Roman gods, and explained why mythology was important to the cultures of these people. While reading about the Greek culture was pretty easy since I know about it already, the Roman culture was a little more confusing. I am used to the Greek names for gods and goddesses- Zeus, Poseidon, Athena- but the Romans use different names for the same Gods. The Roman names are planets and it is hard to keep track of who is who by translating the names to Greek names that i’m pretty sure most people know. I found it interesting how the Greeks thought the earth was organized. They thought it was flat, which is normal for the time period, but they also thought that they were the in the middle of everything. This idea of the earth was shown in their stories. Also, although Greek and Roman mythology had the same gods, they were seen differently in the two cultures. In Greek culture the gods were seen as people you could relate to. They were human-like, and you could go to places that they have been which made it easier for people to look up to them. While reading about the importance of mythology, we also learned about some of the main gods and goddesses, and started to hear they back stories and relations to one another (which is super hard to keep track of I might add). Overall I find more interest in Greek mythology than Roman so I think I will like that in these books.

  15. I enjoyed reading the introductions to Mythology and Bulfinch’s Mythology by Edith Hamilton and Edmund Fuller respectively. Just like the novella Ethan Frome many words and sentences used are phrased in ways we aren’t used to today. That complicated some of the reading along with the fact I couldn’t originally find both books online. Bulfinch’s Mythology focuses more on the gods and stories individually while the other novel discusses more of how Greeks and Gods developed along with some myths. In Bulfinch’s Mythology, I noticed that many (Roman) gods have different, (Greek) names and personalities, which sometimes leads to clashing stories. For example, “The representations given of Saturn are not very consistent; for on the one hand his reign is said to have been the golden age of innocence and purity, and on the other he is described as a monster who devoured his children…This inconsistency arises from considering the Saturn of the Romans the same with the Grecian deity Cronos (Time), which, as it brings an end to all things which have had a beginning, may be said to devour its own offspring.” Mythology acts as a good complement to the first and surprised me with knowledge of how the Greek Mythology is how it reveals the rise of the Greek culture. “ The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light on what early mankind was like. They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like–a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendants intellectually, artistically, and politically, too. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves. “ These novels taught me more about Greek and Roman legends and I am excited to now be reading Mythology.

  16. After reading the introductions, I can already tell that these books are going to be a difficult task. The vocabulary is quite advanced, and sometimes difficult to understand. However, there is a discernible difference between both books. Bulfinch’s Mythology seems focused on the mythology itself. What the gods were like, what some of the creatures were, etc. However, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology talks about more than that. Rather than giving a background of the mythology, it gives a background on the culture. I know that sounds like the same thing, but it isn’t. Edith Hamilton’s Mythology talks about the history of Greek and Roman mythology. It talks about Homer and The Odyssey and Ovid as well as some of the myths. Edith Hamilton’s Mythology talks more about the importance of Greek and Roman cultures. Also, the writing style is different. Edith Hamilton, in the introduction, talks about the mythology like an outsider. Instead of describing and informing, she is critiquing. For example, “That is the miracle of Greek mythology—a humanized world, men freed from the paralyzing fear of an omnipotent Unknown,” (p. 17). Bulfinch’s Mythology just informs the reader about the different gods and goddesses, and the rest of the mythological world. To be honest, I enjoyed reading the introduction to Edith Hamilton’s Mythology rather than Bulfinch’s Mythology because I found it more interesting.

  17. In both of these books, we find out about the base of Greek mythology. In Edith Hamilton Mythology, we learn about how the Greek people saw the world. “Nevertheless, the whole divine company, with very few and for the most part not-important exceptions, were entrancingly beautiful with a human beauty, and nothing humanly beautiful is really terrifying. The early Greek mythologists transformed a world full of fear into a world full of beauty.”( Pg 18, Edith Hamilton Mythology) The book even goes as far as to say that monster only existed so that heroes would be able to save people and become heroes. This gives us a very clear motif of light and dark, seeing that the little dark that does exist exists to further the light. We also see the motif of human nature, as while reading I found that the reason that Greek era was one of light because it was crafted of the human image, portraying the belief that human nature is that of light, not of the dark. This theme of light and dark continues as we see the races of people to the north and south are of light and happiness.

  18. In the introductions of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and Bulfinch’s Mythology, both introductions were similar, yet different. Bulfinch’s Mythology focused more on giving a background to all of the stories we will read in the novel. It explained the characters, like Jupiter and Juno, and also how all the gods and goddesses are related. It also explained the beginning story of how Saturn ate his children and that whole incident. I am familiar with the Greek Gods from a big book that I read in fourth grade, and it was cool to hear the stories again, just in Roman form. We learned in social studies how the Romans copied a lot of the Greek culture, and it is very apparent that they basically copied the Greek gods. The text stated, “In order to understand these stories, it will be necessary to acquaint ourselves with the ideas of the structure of the universe which prevailed among the Greeks—the people from whom the Romans, and other nations through them, received their science and religion.” I agree with this statement because the reading seems to be much more interesting when you know where all these stories came from, and how they influenced Greek and Roman culture. The introduction of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology definitely supported this idea. This introduction more focused on why these stories are important rather than explaining the actual events. I enjoyed connecting both introductions, and I am excited to read more.

  19. After reading both of the books about Mythology, I have been given a good foundation of knowledge of myths and Greeks. Bulfinch believes that mythology is like its own language, and that it is one humans must value. He believes that in order to appreciate mythology, the reader must study the culture of the greeks, and what their world was like. People had no idea what lay beyond their own territories, so they assumed that mythical creatures lived far off. The gods were valued by every single person. Each god portrayed realistic characteristics that made them adored by the greeks. The gods were more human, if you will. The myths inspired belief in the people. They held a huge spiritual presence over greeks. But the Romans had a different take on these stories. The gods were named after planets, and these gods were drawn as more mighty, and all powerful. Greek mythology seems to be more interesting however because of the way mythology followers observed the stories. Making the gods more relatable gave the Greeks a sense of reality to the stories, as if they had truly happened. And people were so passionate about the presence of gods so they’d go places where myths were supposed to have taken place. I am very excited to dive into more myths.

  20. The Greeks and Romans had myths and gods that differed from the ones before them and also the ones after. The Grecian/Roman gods were just like regular humans. They were flawed and had human traits. Zeus’s myths were about his numerous affairs and his stories were treated as joke stories. Grecian gods were human- looking and sympathized with the humans they ruled over. Hera was even described as cow faced, they were just like the Grecian people and made them very easy to relate to. The population didn’t feel inferior to the gods because they seemed like people they knew in their everyday lives. There aren’t any gods out there like that. Egyptian gods are depicted as mythical creatures and animals, and God in the Jewish/ Christian/ Muslim faiths are like this bodiless ethereal being. Not many religions have gods depicted like in Grecco Roman culture. In the two novels, it’s also said myths were less part of religion and more served as their form of science.

  21. In the introductions of both books from both readings mainly revolved around Greek mythology mainly revolving around both Edith and Bulfinch’s opinions and purposes about this religion and their book. In both it explained about the gods jobs and roles and that each God was basically assigned to a different aspect of life to control. Bulfinch’s explanation however explained more thoroughly of how the Greeks were thinking when they created the gods.“The Greeks believed the earth to be flat and circular, their own country occupying the middle of it…knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country” They clearly did not know of other civilizations that lived among them. Eventually when they did realize there were more people they came to believe that they were still better. Although the Greeks created such a complex religion they were still closed minded due to it. Furthermore in Edith’s mythology the intro focused more on the gods. Making a comparison of them with the Egyptian Gods. “The Greeks made their gods in their own image. That had not entered the mind of man before. Until then, gods had had no semblance of reality. They were unlike all living things,” The Egyptians looked at their gods as things at they don’t deserve. That they are unworthy of how great their gods are, but in mythology the Greeks imagined the Gods as people. Which made them more relatable and more easier to worship in a way. All in all I think Greek mythology is going to be really fun to read about.

  22. In the introduction, both books talk about Greek mythology. In Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, she explains the reason for Greek mythology. And put of all the research and Mythology books I’ve read I’ve never thought of the Greek gods in the way she does. She says that unlike in other cultures, where the gods are animals or something else, in Greece they are human, not just based on humans. This makes confrontation with the gods much more casuall with the Greeks, unlike n Egypt where you would never laugh at the thought of a god.

    In Bulfinch’s Mythology, the reader is given a brief introduction to the Greek gods. He gives some information and a bit of the background of a few of the gods.

    So far Edith Hamilton has written an analysis of the gods, and why the gods are. She has compared them to other gods, and has explained that they are the way they are for a reason.

    Bulfinch’s Mythology is more of a description of the gods. Instead of analysing why they are, he defines who they are. He tells us their names, and some background, like who is related to who.

    I’m not sure if it will stay this way, but I think that would be pretty cool. I like the idea of having each god described to me, and who that god is in Bulfinch’s. But at the same time have the reason for the hat god, and why they were who they were explained to me by Edith Hamilton. I don’t know if this will happen, but that would certainly make me happy.

  23. When Greece was at the peak of its glory, culture, knowledge and power, it had its own system of gods to worship. Despite their great knowledge, they were ancient people. They lived in an ideal world, and hence believed, with no opposing evidence, that this world must be for them, and that they were important, being in the center of light in a mysterious, monster infested world. One of humanity’s most defining features is curiosity. When people are convinced of a mysterious, monster infested world ruled by a family of gods, they dare to imagine what lays there. This adventurous creativity takes shape in the form of mythologies. Mythologies highlighted the greatest aspects of people and inspired many to greatness. With monsters to conquer and gods to befriend, the adventures will never die in the minds of people.

  24. In the introduction to Bulfinch’s Mythology and Edith Hamilton Mythology, many different ideas are presented about the Greeks and the gods they created for their society. One important idea that I read about was the picture on page 15. The caption says “The Greeks, unlike the Egyptians, made their gods in their own image. I believe this is very important when discussing Greek Mythology because it allowed the Greeks to be more comfortable with their gods, contrasting the Egyptians. The Egyptians had gods that were too different from humans, which caused them to fear the omnipotent beings. The Greeks were able to sympathize and find humor in their gods. Also, the Greeks adapted their gods to their needs. On page 20 of Edith Hamilton, it shows that Zeus’s ideals were changed from power to now protecting the weak. It is interesting that the gods were changed to aid society so thatcher the people could find shelter in them.

  25. My thoughts on the prefaces is that they were very masterfully worded, and I really do agree with Bullfinch’s Mythology with the author’s opinion of mythology. I started reading about mythology when I was young, and have never gotten enough of it since. I love every story, how it drives deep into the human psyche, and how the stories really inspire lots of people, including me. The way Edith Hamilton’s compared the Egyptians to the Greeks was an excellent comparison. The way that the Greeks emulate the gods after themselves marks a new chapter in human civilization and the growth of knowledge. The gods act very much like regular humans, and sometimes the stories made about them were used as explanations for natural phenomena. Overall, the prefaces were great ways of starting these great novels on mythology, and I can’t wait to read more stories.

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