Hot Best Seller

Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece PDF, ePub eBook

4.6 out of 5
30 review

Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece

Availability: Ready to download

File Name: Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece .pdf

How it works:

1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.

2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use)

3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.


Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece PDF, ePub eBook From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, this collection of classic tales from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible vitality of a timeless cultural legacy. Here are Icarus flying too close to the sun, mighty Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel, the Trojans and their wooden horse, From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, this collection of classic tales from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible vitality of a timeless cultural legacy. Here are Icarus flying too close to the sun, mighty Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel, the Trojans and their wooden horse, brave Perseus and beautiful Andromeda, wandering Odysseus and steadfast Penelope. Their stories and the stories of the powerful gods and goddesses who punish and reward, who fall in love with and are enraged by the humans they have created, are set forth simply but movingly, in language that retains the power and drama of the original works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Homer. In Gustav Schwab’s masterful retelling, they are made accessible to readers of all ages. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

30 review for Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is the third in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. The books included in this comparative evaluation are: Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Paperback Edition, 2004) Mythology by Edith Hamilton (originally published in 1942; Back Bay Books edition of 1998) The Greek Myths by Robert Graves (Penguin Books combined edition, 1992) Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab (Pantheon Books, copyright 1946) Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (Ha This is the third in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. The books included in this comparative evaluation are: Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Paperback Edition, 2004) Mythology by Edith Hamilton (originally published in 1942; Back Bay Books edition of 1998) The Greek Myths by Robert Graves (Penguin Books combined edition, 1992) Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab (Pantheon Books, copyright 1946) Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (Harper Collins, 2005) Myths of the Ancient Greeks by Richard P. Martin (New American Library, 2003) As Goodreads is not really set up to handle comparative reviews smoothly, the discussion is split across the six book reviews. I've tried to evaluate each book on its own particular merits, and also give some idea of how it stacks up relative to the others. I based the comparative evaluation on three main general criteria - readability, accuracy, and scope (breadth and depth of coverage); I also looked at how each book handled two particular examples -- the life of Hercules and the story of Philomela and Procne. More details about the comparison can be found in the introduction to the first review: Bulfinch evaluation Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece is a translation of Gustav Schwab's Sagen des Klassischen Altertums, a book that has been the canonical source for Greek legends for several generations of Germans. I have a previous history with Schwab's original version in German: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... but my comments in this review are based on the excellent 1946 translation by Olga Marx and Ernst Morwitz. Gustav Schwab's original version was first published in Stuttgart in 1837, so it predates Bulfinch by a couple of decades, Edith Hamilton by roughly a century. It's remarkably good -- Schwab's goal was to write a book which could serve as a reference on Greek mythology at a level that would make them accessible to the "common reader". He accomplished his goal - the book was an immediate success in Germany, and Germans still regard it as a canonical reference, almost two centuries later. The style of Schwab's text is clear, authoritative, and straightforward (mercifully, Schwab avoids the kind of syntactical brambles so beloved of many of his contemporaries). The translation preserves all the virtues of the original and actually forces me to break out the word 'awesome', because I think it represents an improvement in many places. It almost achieves King James status, by which I mean that the language often seems so right as to be inevitable, and anything else doesn't sound as authoritative (in the same way that all other translations of the Bible sound "wrong" after you've read the King James version). Although it runs to 750 pages and the illustrations are nothing to write home about, it's a clear, useful, beautifully comprehensive reference. Not my first choice among the six on the list, but it's very good nonetheless. Schwab's particular genius was an ability to synthesize material from different sources brilliantly, frequently enriching a story whose main outlines he takes from one primary source with episodes taken from other sources. He does this so seamlessly that it feels like you're reading the canonical version. With respect to the two 'test stories' that I sued for the comparative evaluation of all six books on the list, Schwab's treatment of the life and adventures of Hercules is exemplary. It was a minor disappointment to find no mention of the story of Philomela and Procne. Relative to the other books on the list, Schwab devotes more space to The Trojan War and its aftermath (rougly 400 of 700 or so pages). Note that he is not giving a direct translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey - it's more like an intelligent, well-written precis. If you already know the originals pretty well, then the last half of Gods and Heroes may not be all that interesting for you. This is a fine book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    I loved Gustav Schwab's Die schönsten Sagen des klassischen Altertums, his exquisite and extensive compilation of Greek mythology tales in German translation as a child (when my father read them aloud to my brother, my sister and me), and still greatly enjoy them today (having recently downloaded and reread them on my Kindle). Perhaps a bit dated in feel and scope, and definitely presenting a writing style that is indeed a bit convoluted and rather old-fashioned, Gustav Schwab still manages to c I loved Gustav Schwab's Die schönsten Sagen des klassischen Altertums, his exquisite and extensive compilation of Greek mythology tales in German translation as a child (when my father read them aloud to my brother, my sister and me), and still greatly enjoy them today (having recently downloaded and reread them on my Kindle). Perhaps a bit dated in feel and scope, and definitely presenting a writing style that is indeed a bit convoluted and rather old-fashioned, Gustav Schwab still manages to continuously hold and retain my interest and has actually much rekindled my interest in Greek (and to a point Roman) mythology and my wish to learn ancient Greek so that I can, perhaps, sometime in the future manage to read Hesiod's Theogony in the original (although I really do now wonder and question whether my father might have indeed simplified some of the stories a bit when he was reading them aloud to us, as I do not recall the individual tales being all that complicated). Definitely much recommended, although for reading in the original, fluency in German (and familiarity with advanced grammar structures like the passive and the subjunctive) is an absolute must (there are though, numerous decent and readable translations of this collection in English, with Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece being the most popular and readily available).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    My very first book, the one that changed my life. This is the reason way i studyied ancient Greek and Latin for 4 years. You know how you often get asked a silly question like ''If you had one book to take on a deserted island'', well, i'd choose this one. I don't even travel without it- it's my childhoof blanket, my teddy bear. And one day, if i have children, they will too fall asleep listening to the stories from Olimpus, and about Trojan war.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Purple Penguin

    Pantheon has always done a wonderful job of publishing comprehensive and engaging volumes with their series of folklore works and Schwab's work carries on the tradition perfectly. There's not much I really can say considering the stories represented here are age-old and known throughout countless generations. Rather I'll praise the thorough job done in compiling all the stories. There's no need to jump from book to book anymore when studying the different tales or history making it wonderful for Pantheon has always done a wonderful job of publishing comprehensive and engaging volumes with their series of folklore works and Schwab's work carries on the tradition perfectly. There's not much I really can say considering the stories represented here are age-old and known throughout countless generations. Rather I'll praise the thorough job done in compiling all the stories. There's no need to jump from book to book anymore when studying the different tales or history making it wonderful for a reference as well as entertainment. The language it's presented in isn't stuffy like so many anthologies of mythology tend to be making a classic subject very approachable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bojana

    I found this book at my grandma's house, so naturally beacuse I love greek mythology I had to read it. It's a re-telling of greek myths. It's not my favorite but it was fun. I'm a bit disappointed because in macedonian, it does not cointain all the myths. It mostly covers the story of Oedipus and Theseus, and few short others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sherrymoon

    I read it as kid, 11 years, old, i can remember how i was devouring it with big enthusiasm. While my classmates chosed to talk about theire hobbies as presentation in front of the class, i talked about the "Ten heroic deeds of Heracless". Was big fun for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    id!l

    i really enjoyed this, idk i felt that the writing kept me interested and ive learnt a lot about greek mythology and heroes. It has taken me a while to get through this and there are... a lot of stories, i didn't read them all but a good portion, and i've taken it day by day but i loved it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kannonhall

    If you enjoy Greek Mythology this is definitely the book for you. Now I will have to admit, I did not read this book completely in one month, but that is what I loved about it. You can pick up this book and always find a new adventure to read. By the time you read them all you will be excited just to start all over again. "Gods and Heroes" consists of many collected stories of the great legends of Greek Mythology. Each story is an escape from reality. Whether you are on a long voyage home from t If you enjoy Greek Mythology this is definitely the book for you. Now I will have to admit, I did not read this book completely in one month, but that is what I loved about it. You can pick up this book and always find a new adventure to read. By the time you read them all you will be excited just to start all over again. "Gods and Heroes" consists of many collected stories of the great legends of Greek Mythology. Each story is an escape from reality. Whether you are on a long voyage home from the fall of Troy, or becoming King of the Gods you are always captivated with these ancient adventures. Prior to reading this book I would say that I had a pretty decent amount of background knowledge pertaining to Greek Mythology. After completing this book I realized that there were so many stories that I was not aware about. For example, the story of Europa. Europa was a Phoenician princess and was fancied by Zeus. He fancied her so much that he appeared to her as a beautiful white bull. Europa got on to Zeus (the bull) and he whisked her away to the island of Create. What went on with Zeus and Europa? You will have to read the story to find out. I will tell you that the continent of Europe was named after her. Stories such as this are interesting and intense. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed adventure and mythology. I like this book because of the action combined with the historical settings. I also enjoyed this book because you can take your time to enjoy the individual stories. I did not like that the stories are not clearly divided into chapters it made it difficult to find individual stories.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Favela

    Great book!! It has 3 sections: miscellaneus gods and heroes stories, the Troy War and Odysseus. I would have put 5 stars to this book but the war theme in part 2 just wasn't for me. The author captures the stories in a very easy and enjoyable way to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cedric

    These stories are interesting as fuck.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    "Gods and Heroes is part of the Pantheon series which I found through The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland. I definitely intend to read more in the series since they cover myths and folktales from around the globe, but I will make sure to look up their page counts before buying because I did not realize how large Gods and Heroes was since the book of Norse myths was only around 300 pages. Filled with tales of heroism, ritual sacrifice, and tragedy, Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancien "Gods and Heroes is part of the Pantheon series which I found through The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland. I definitely intend to read more in the series since they cover myths and folktales from around the globe, but I will make sure to look up their page counts before buying because I did not realize how large Gods and Heroes was since the book of Norse myths was only around 300 pages. Filled with tales of heroism, ritual sacrifice, and tragedy, Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece is a necessity for any fan of Greek mythology. Though the gods aren’t always center stage, this collection of classic myths is closer to readable prose rather than an academic study of ancient Greece and as such elevates it above simple reference material." - https://thepastduebookreview.com/2017...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    This book was almost entirely about the heroes of Ancient Greece. It didn’t include any of the myths about the gods, although they did make many appearances to help or hinder the heroes on their quests. I really enjoyed the stories about Perseus, Theseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Heracles, and Oedipus. There were some stories about some lesser heroes included as well. The Tales of Troy is where this book really dragged though. Lots of long lists of who killed who on each side interspersed with b This book was almost entirely about the heroes of Ancient Greece. It didn’t include any of the myths about the gods, although they did make many appearances to help or hinder the heroes on their quests. I really enjoyed the stories about Perseus, Theseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Heracles, and Oedipus. There were some stories about some lesser heroes included as well. The Tales of Troy is where this book really dragged though. Lots of long lists of who killed who on each side interspersed with bits interesting action. It wrapped up with Odysseus, which was pretty enjoyable to read. Over all, not quite what I was expecting, but a good compilation of all the heroes’ stories. I just need to find a good book on all the myths about the gods now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    For hardcore mythology geeks only, unless you happen to love gorgeous leather-bound books, in which case you can put it on your shelf with your other beautiful leather-bound classics, and take it down now and then to admire it. Don’t even try to read it unless you have the brainpower to keep track of hundreds of mythological Greek characters and their doings.

  14. 5 out of 5

    大獅

    I read this book last year. I love it! I've read Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian before, however unique traits they all have, I still think Greek Mythology is among them all the most interesting to read. It is so engaging and so bold. And after finish the whole book I can't wait to buy the more in depth version of the Odyssey and Ileneids!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a really interesting read for me. Some of these stories I knew and some I did not, and some I am sure I will never be able to remember. But overall I would say this is a cool book to have around.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara ♔

    So rich.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marko Tomašević

    The very first book I've read in my life. This book is the reason I've been reading whole my life. So grateful to my mother.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chesney1587

    A wise woman once said: The Odysee? It's my current Daily Soap. One episode a day then falling asleep.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

    On the inside front page of my copy of this book, I have just rediscovered the following inscription: Fur Daithi Mac Giolla tSeanain fur gute Leistungen in der deutschen Sprache mit den besten Wuenschen Dr. Karl-Gustav Gerold Kultur-Attache der Deutschen Botschaft Dublin, 2. Febr. 1972 Doctor Gerold's spidery inscription triggered a sudden, vivid recollection of a cold, wet February day in Dublin (is there any other kind?). My classmate Seamus Higgins and I had the day off class, but we weren't free to On the inside front page of my copy of this book, I have just rediscovered the following inscription: Fur Daithi Mac Giolla tSeanain fur gute Leistungen in der deutschen Sprache mit den besten Wuenschen Dr. Karl-Gustav Gerold Kultur-Attache der Deutschen Botschaft Dublin, 2. Febr. 1972 Doctor Gerold's spidery inscription triggered a sudden, vivid recollection of a cold, wet February day in Dublin (is there any other kind?). My classmate Seamus Higgins and I had the day off class, but we weren't free to roam at will. Instead, we made our way to the German Embassy, where we were guests of honour (with a third student, Willie O'Brien, from one of the snooty Dublin city prep schools) at an award ceremony, the three of us having scored highest in the country in the previous year's Inter Cert German exam. The book was a handsome prize (though my German wasn't actually good enough to read it for another five years, when I spent a year in Berlin). But it wasn't the best part of the very formal, slightly awkward ceremony, at which we had to make fractured small talk with the cultural attache and the ambassador, while trying to manoeuver the delicate hors d'oeuvres and alcohol-free sparkling grape juice. I had only just turned 15, and found the whole occasion a bit of an ordeal. But it all became much more tolerable when the ambassador broke the big news, that there was a second part to the award, namely a fully paid 4-week trip to Germany for the following September (including tickets to the Munich Olympics). It was the beginning of a highly enjoyable, and lucrative, relationship with the German government, who subsequently paid for not just that month's initial visit, but also bankrolled the first year of my Master's degree at the Technical University in Berlin. Those were the good times. What's that? You were expecting a book review? That will be over here, where the English translation is listed, as soon as I get it written: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... {end shameless boasting about childhood accomplishments}

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tigran Berberyan

    It was an interesting book but there were parts that made me lose interest. The beginning of the book was very frustrating. The stories were too short and there were too many characters to remember. I got confused a lot because I could not tell who was who since the names were so long and some of the names were very similar in appearance. However, I loved reading stories about Hercules, Troy and Odysseus. They were written in more detail than the previous stories and it was interesting seeing ho It was an interesting book but there were parts that made me lose interest. The beginning of the book was very frustrating. The stories were too short and there were too many characters to remember. I got confused a lot because I could not tell who was who since the names were so long and some of the names were very similar in appearance. However, I loved reading stories about Hercules, Troy and Odysseus. They were written in more detail than the previous stories and it was interesting seeing how the characters struggled to achieve their goal. Especially, when the gods were involved or how prophecies came to be true in such a surprising fashion. I loved seeing how the fate of the main character's were determined by their past consequences. Consequences that kindled the gods to avenge the heroes to their demise or assist the heroes to victory and success. The book had some parts that disappointed me. The book is called "Gods and Heroes" so I expect to read interesting stories of the origin of gods or stories that have them as the main focus. However, the book mainly centered on mortals and gods occasionally appeared rather than being the main focal point of stories. All in all, this book gets a three because it was fun to read but there were some issues that prevented me from enjoying it to its full potential.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Masen Production

    “A treasure trove for the ones who are interested in the Greek Mytho. A splendid collection of tales and weaved into a continuous tale. From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, Death of Icarus flying too close to the sun as his wings of wax melt and he plummets to the sea, Stories of Hercules, Achilles, Ajax, Menelaus, Agamemnon, King Priam the Trojan king of Troy and their hero Hector, his brother Paris and his wi “A treasure trove for the ones who are interested in the Greek Mytho. A splendid collection of tales and weaved into a continuous tale. From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, Death of Icarus flying too close to the sun as his wings of wax melt and he plummets to the sea, Stories of Hercules, Achilles, Ajax, Menelaus, Agamemnon, King Priam the Trojan king of Troy and their hero Hector, his brother Paris and his wife Helen whom he kidnaps, wandering guile Odysseus and his faithful queen Penelope who waits 20 years for him on Ithaca. The stories of the powerful gods and goddesses who punish and reward, who fall in love or get angry and fight. Battles between Zeus and his band of immortals on Olympus with his jealous wife Hera, his powerful brother Posiden and their struggle with the vain and powerful mortals on earth in conjunction with with the Titans who are now subdued in Hades. ”

  22. 5 out of 5

    doug merritt

    L O N G . . . but can't do any better in laying out the history of the gods and heroes. I have always loved mythology and this book game me its rich history with great attention to detail. It got a little confusing at times however, going back and fourth in the book allowed me to figure out stories and people. Great book if you love mythology like myself and one that you can always go back to to revamp your knowledge.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Obsquatch

    I picked this up because I get frustrated that my version of Ovid has the Roman names of the Greek Gods, so I use this as reference to the Greek equivalences. My translation of Ovid has much greater detail and on the whole is a much better book, but sometimes, when I don't want to think too much, I reach to this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danger Kallisti

    I just picked through this as supplementary material to the other research I’m doing. It’s certainly old-fashioned, dry, and fairly silly; however, I can definitely see a wealth of knowledge in this 700-some page book. Maybe I’ll read the rest later, when I don’t have quite so much to do.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Koblos

    All the most essential stories of Greek mythology: the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, plus several smaller ones, such as Heracles, the Argonauts, and many others, compiled into a large volume. Ideal for a ten-year-old kid to get lost in.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Snafoo

    I actually stole this book from my high school in an act of pubescent rebellion. It's been in my book shelf ever since and every once in a while I read for a while. The cruelty of the ancient gods always makes me smile. What's the fun in a kind-hearted, forgiving god?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yilin Wong

    Feels like I need to read this one again. It's been so long it seemed that I got the story all wrong T_T

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Trobisch

    Read an older Version of this as a Child. This was my introduction to fantasy and history. A must!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Lanin

    A concise collection of episodes from greek mythology. The english prose was kind of hard to understand but it makes you understand some of the seemingly unrelated episodes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert Ingram

    Yet another gift from a different wonderful friend, Terrah Carter. My friends know me too well.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.