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Butters | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 2 2013 6:37 AM

Bullfinch's Mythology is okay; I read him for nostalgic reasons.  Very dated, though charming. 

Edith Hamilton's stuff is, well, not so great.  Okay for kids I guess, like Butters. 

Robert Graves' The Greek Myths is interesting, but idiosyncratic and a bit cranky.  His pet theories are regurgitated over and over again.  

In my opinion, among the best resources for Greek mythology are the following: 

  1. Early Greek Mythology, Gantz
  2. Classical Mythology, Morford

Both of these are fairly massive resources, highly detailed; very updated and like most reference books are far better used in a digital environment.  

~Butters Smile

“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~Chesterton

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Fall-Guy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 3:35 PM

Do you have an opinion of this Logos resource?

Manual of Mythology: Greek and Roman, Norse, and Old German, Hindoo and Egyptian Mythology

byA.S. Murray

https://www.logos.com/product/6047/manual-of-mythology

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2013 3:52 PM

Good to know, Butters! Have you added a post to the Suggestions forums for these resources?

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Butters | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 14 2013 6:05 AM

Fall-Guy:

Do you have an opinion of this Logos resource?

Manual of Mythology: Greek and Roman, Norse, and Old German, Hindoo and Egyptian Mythology

byA.S. Murray

https://www.logos.com/product/6047/manual-of-mythology

I don't know anything about Murray's work Fall-Guy, sorry!  It's a very old volume; and probably not as reliable and thorough as the volumes I mention above.  For most topics, old books are immensely valuable, as they tend to write from a different set of assumptions than what we (mostly unconsciously) hold.  Our blind spots are not their blind spots; and so on.  

However, for some odd reason, this does not - in my experience - hold true with the study of Greek and Latin mythologies.  I find those old volumes to pretty thin gruel - on the other hand, sometimes they provide nice narratives (however often inaccurately), something that is often missing in the otherwise more thorough contemporary studies.  And they can be charming, etc.     

Cheers,

~Butters Smile

“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~Chesterton

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Butters | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 14 2013 6:10 AM

Nick Steffen:

Good to know, Butters! Have you added a post to the Suggestions forums for these resources?

Thanks Nick!  I hadn't thought of that to be honest.  LOL.  I've been posting up suggestions here, hoping that Mike will see them.  Maybe that's not such an effective way to go about things.  Confused

Thanks for the suggestion!

~Butters Smile

“To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~Chesterton

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El Toro | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 14 2013 9:14 AM

The Noet forum is a great way to suggest titles you think I should pursue. I am keeping an eye on these. You can also feel free to send me an email directly at this address. Either way, I'm keeping track of all suggestions that appear on this forum.

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