May 30, 2020
Bulfinch's Mythology
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American author and banker Thomas Bulfinch is best known for his three separate works on mythology, The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes , The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur , and Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages collectively entitled Bulfinch s Mythology, which was first gathered together in one volume and published afterAmerican author and banker Thomas Bulfinch is best known for his three separate works on mythology, The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes , The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur , and Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages collectively entitled Bulfinch s Mythology, which was first gathered together in one volume and published after his death in 1867 Carl J Richard, Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has praised Bulfinch s Mythology as one of the most popular books ever published in the United States and the standard work on classical mythology for nearly a century Consisting of prose retellings from three eras, Bulfinch s Mythology relates the myths and legends of ancient Rome and Greece, the English tales of King Arthur, and the romances of the Middle Ages It can be argued that no accessible and comprehensive collection of the myths and legends of the western world exists than this work

  • Title: Bulfinch's Mythology
  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • ISBN: 0517274159
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bulfinch s Mythology American author and banker Thomas Bulfinch is best known for his three separate works on mythology The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes The Age of Chivalry or Legends of King Arthur a


    Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods), Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage), Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility), Poseidon (God of the Sea), Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth), Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead), Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld), Athena (Virgin Goddess of wisdom, craft, and war; companion of heroes), Hermes (Messenger of the gods, God of thieves, trade, travelers), Apollo (God of prophecy, healing [...]


    Let's take a moment to not only acknowledge this work itself but also its very own history and author.Thomas Bulfinch (1769 - 1867) was the son of Charles Bulfinch who was the first American architect (meaning the first man to be born on American soil to ever make architecture his profession), Commissioner of Public Building, and who built amongst others the United States Capitol rotunda, the Massachusetts State House, the University Hall at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospi [...]


    If anyone thinks this is a completely comprehensive look at the mythos of the Greeks, the Norse, the Celtic, the Arthurian, the Crusades, or the Middle Ages, then you're part-way correct. It is pretty comprehensive. At least by my eye. But it's more comprehensive for the Greeks, the Arthurian legends, and the time of Charlemagne than anything else.In fact, other than the quick and dirty tellings of the the Greek gods and heroes, with christian sensibilities intact and morals gently glossing over [...]


    Have problems distinguishing Perseus from Theseus? Can't tell a Titan from an Olympian? Do those mythology questions on Jeopardy leave you stumped? Could mythology be your Achilles heel?If your knowledge of Greek mythology is derived primarily from Saturday morning cartoons, then maybe it's time for a refresher course. Yes, I know - life is busy, and you have philosophical objections to the dominance accorded the Greeks where mythology is concerned. Too bad. That argument may be theoretically so [...]


    Damn. Bulfinch's Mythology. About as classic as you can get. The early Victorian (hence highly bowdlerized and edited) version of classical Greek and Roman ideas about their then gods and goddesses. I'm sure you'll expect an erudite and telling critique of this all too proper version of stories that in the beginning (and for a very good while thereafter) were about as improper as improper could be. Well, the worse for you, friend. A very long time ago, when I and my now long-time spouse were you [...]


    I have mixed feelings on this book. I bought it to read because I heard it was a good resource to get caught up on Greek myths before my Literature GRE and I read a bit more than half of the book before giving up on it (p. 468). While I really liked the excerpts from literature used when explaining the various gods and goddesses and other mythological characters, I did not like the structure of the book. It was in no sort of coherent order. I also did not like the comment by the author at the be [...]

    Erik Graff

    Having heard about Bulfinch's Mythology since childhood I finally broke down, purchased the cheap Modern Library edition containing all three volumes at a local mall and read the thing. Unsurprisingly, it was a bit of a disappointment, Bulfinch not being a scholar and his versions of the stories being mostly 19th century reworkings of particular texts popular in his time. For someone interested only in understanding some of the major Western myths, epics and legends well enough to catch referenc [...]

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    I feel like I really accomplished something having read Bulfinch. This particular book collected fables, chivalry, and Charlemagne. I set out expecting Fable to be my favorite section as I have been a devotee of Greek mythology since grade school, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading the exploits of Charlemagne's Knights. The tales of King Arthur's court were a bit much to wade through, lots of Welsh. Sadly the movie Excalibur will always influence my ideas of that period.


    While a very ambitious work, Bulfinch's Mythology didn't quite live up to my expectations. Assembling it was clearly a major undertaking, but the spotty coverage and uninspiring presentation hinder the overall quality of the work. The book starts off fairly strongly, with an exhaustive chronicle of Greek mythology. Here Bulfinch's enthusiasm for the topic is clearly visible. Not only does he relate the stories, but he also points out allusions to the characters and themes to them in literature a [...]

    Jonathan Winegar

    This book seems like a great starting point for people interested in Greek Myths, Charlemange/Chivalry and Norse Myths.I already knew all the Greek Myths so I skipped through them quickly.The Charlemange and Chivalry section was interesting. It had historical info on knights and their lives. He also has the legend of King Arthur.The Norse myths were the most interesting for me. It can be difficult to find good sources on the gods of Asgard. Reading about Thor is always awesome.There is a story w [...]


    I know that this is one of the most popular books for teaching mythology in school, but I think that's a real shame.Thomas Bulfinch is *far* more concerned with how the Greek and Roman myths are integrated into the literature of other cultures than he is with telling the stories of those myths.To *really* study Greek Mythology, read Edith Hamilton.


    Classic book on mythology.

    Kyle Bunkers

    A very nice collection of myths. I especially enjoyed learning some new ones from the Middle Ages for King Arthur, and the Charlemagne ones. The Greek myths are also nicely explained.Really, just a nice collection that goes into a little detail and I definitely recommend it to myth fans.


    This book took me three years to read, but that's more than a little misleading, as I didn't read out of it at all for at least a year. It is still censure enough against the book, though--I ran out of momentum largely because it's so dull.I'm not unfamiliar with the epic form--I read Beowulf in school (a very poor translation of it, as it turns out, but the essentials are the same, and I still enjoyed it), and Lord of the Rings, very much written in the style of the old epics, is in my top ten [...]


    It's actually a collection of three books Bullfinch published in the first half of the 19th Century. The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and The Legends of Charlemagne. The Age of Fable is predominantly concerned with retelling the ancient Greek myths (with shorter nods to Norse and other mythologies), all based on poems of the time but spun into condensed prose. Many of the stories were familiar, some were new or different than I knew, but all were told so well by Bullfinch, who had quite th [...]

    Gary Foss

    I first read this many, many moons ago, back when the world was young and the gods still walked the Earth. I speak, of course, of the 1980s. Back then, I read it as a kind of primer on mythology. Bulfinch goes to a lot of effort to reference more contemporary (to him) writers ranging from Milton to Eliot, but it wasn't until this reread that I realized this book is meant to be a primer in literature, allusion and symbols rather than simply an overview of Greek mythology. As such, it serves as a [...]

    Jerome Peterson

    By Thomas BulfinchNovember 4, 2013“The justly famous Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch contains three volumes the contents of which are retained in this abridgment for the student and general reader. “The Age of Fable: The gods and goddesses of Greece and Rome, as well as the mythology of Germanic tribes, England, and the Near East.The Legend of Charlemagne: Accounts of the reign of the first great French Emperor, his wars, and conquests.The Age of Chivalry: King Arthur and his court, Launcelot a [...]


    For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends o [...]


    This was not a fun mythology read. I kind of liked it, but I'm just glad I finished the whole thing. Keep in mind this book was published in the late 1800s and keep in mind this is not about all kinds of mythology. If you have an interest in Greco-Roman (mostly Roman) mythology, King Author, and Charlemagne you might enjoy this, but even I found Bulfinch's writing tedious. It's worth the read, but it's dated compared to some modern mythology books.At times this book tries to cover other types of [...]

    Matt Bianco

    The graphic is misleading, as I did not read all three volumes that make up Bullfinch's Mythology, I only read the Age of Fables--his account of Greek and Roman mythology. The book starts out with the creation account and concludes with an exploration of the realms of the dead as told by Virgil in his account of Aeneas. Between them, are the various hero stories and othes.Bullfinch's telling of the stories is traditional and thorough. One of the things I most like about it was his quoting of lat [...]


    I was a little disappointed to discover that this edition cuts out all but the myths from cultures besides Greek and Roman, which I'd really looked forward to, and there were some other edits to cut out "superfluous" material, that isn't really superfluous to people who are trying to study the myths. But I paid $1.50 for it at a book sale, so I'll take it and be grateful. I found it odd that Bulfinch uses primarily the Roman names for the gods and goddesses, rather than the more commonly known G [...]

    Gabrielle Belisle

    I picked this book up as a means of studying more mythology (I am a mythologist who has competed at a national level) and let me tell you, I have never had such a hard time finishing a book as I had with this. I started this book two years ago and I was only able to read roughly 150 pages of it. It is made up of a series of short (often flawed or religiously biased) stories and is incredibly dry. Bulfinch has mastered the art of horrible storytelling and appalling use of language. I don't really [...]

    Crystal Pacific

    I got this from my uncle for Christmas last year. I was so happy because I LOVE Greek and Roman mythology (mostly Greek) and this is FULL of it.

    Steven Peterson

    Thomas Bulfinch taught at Harvard College in the mid-1800s. He saw a need to collect myths and legends of the classical and later world, as these were important parts of the Western culture. Three books ensued: "The Age of Fable," "The Age of Chivalry," and "Legends of Charlemagne." First, there are nice introductions to each of the three component works. These provide useful context for what follows. "The Age of Fable" includes some well known episodes, such as Prometheus and Pandora, Midas, Mo [...]

    Jason Krakauer

    Have you ever wanted to know more about Greek, Roman, and Egyptian legends about gods, goddesses, and heroes? Well then, Bulfinch's Mythology is the right book for you. This 680 paged book goes into depth about the early creation of the gods and the legends and stories about how the world of gods and humans came to be. I enjoyed this educational book about gods, goddesses, and heroes because I have an interest in Greek mythology for many years. I would recommend this book to anyone that also enj [...]


    A nice review of classic Greek mythology. This version is a classic in itself. It contains nice asides wherein the author lists excerpts from other classic works of literature when they reference the myth he is then reviewing. This book would be a nice introduction to Greek mythology, but is also a nice supplement even if you are familiar with the myths. It makes a nice contrast with Robert Graves "the Greek Myths", which is more scientifically speculative in a social anthropological kind of way [...]


    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 b [...]

    Harper Kingsley

    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.

    Killian Weber

    This book will be a good read to any one who wants to learn about mythology or if you just want to read some thing for fun. In this book there are stories about Greek and Roman gods and King Arthur. I enjoyed this book because I love Greek mythology especially and I am very interested in mythology and I love medieval times.

    Angela Maher

    This is a highly comrehensive 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.

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