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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes MP3 CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2013

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Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute...Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle and high school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature.

-- "Amazon.com, editorial review"

Edith Hamilton retells the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths with a sure taste and scholarship that help to restore their quality as perennial and refreshing fables about human nature, including our own.

-- "New Yorker"

No one in modern times has shown us more vividly than Edith Hamilton 'the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.' Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago.

-- "New York Times"

The reader gains a deeper insight and learns more than just the events in the stories. In addition, each story is set up with appropriate and interesting background, so although the stories took place centuries ago and the characters range from human to god to hero to a myriad of others, a modern listener can listen, understand and enjoy...Suzanne Toren's narration of this unabridged Mythology is excellent. No fear that this narration of Hamilton's accessible and classic text Mythology is a dry or difficult to understand. Toren does a fine job! Her simplicity of speech and her ability to tell the stories with just the right amount of voice inflection results in clarity and pleasure for the listener.

-- "Soundcommentary.com (starred review)"

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Book Group; Unabridged edition (1 March 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 147897740X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1478977407
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.46 x 1.52 x 17.27 cm
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Edith Hamilton, an educator, writer and a historian, was born August 12, 1867 in Dresden, Germany, of American parents and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her father began teaching her Latin when she was seven years old and soon added Greek, French, and German to her curriculum. Hamilton's education continued at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, and at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which she graduated in 1894 with an M.A. degree. The following year, she and her sister Alice went to Germany and were the first women students at the universities of Munich and Leipzich.

Hamilton returned to the United States in 1896 and accepted the position of headmistress of the Bryn Mawr Preparatory School in Baltimore, Maryland. For the next twenty-six years, she directed the education of about four hundred girls per year. After her retirement in 1922, she started writing and publishing scholarly articles on Greek drama. In 1930, when she was sixty-three years old, she published The Greek Way, in which she presented parallels between life in ancient Greece and in modern times. The book was a critical and popular success. In 1932, she published The Roman Way, which was also very successful. These were followed by The Prophets of Israel (1936), Witness to the Truth: Christ and His Interpreters (1949), Three Greek Plays, translations of Aeschylus and Euripides (1937), Mythology (1942), The Great Age of Greek Literature (1943), Spokesmen for God (1949) and Echo of Greece (1957). Hamilton traveled to Greece in 1957 to be made an honorary citizen of Athens and to see a performance in front of the Acropolis of one of her translations of Greek plays. She was ninety years old at the time. At home, Hamilton was a recipient of many honorary degrees and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Edith Hamilton died on May 31, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

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I ordered this for my brother and it came pretty quickly. It is pretty stunning to look at but there were some smudges and the edges were a tiny bit worn. Other than that in perfect condition, you could hardly tell. Value for money.
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