The Greek Myths

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This edition of Graves's 1960 edition removes the distraction of the footnotes, combining all of them into an explanatory section at the end of each entry. It is now obvious that this work is not meant to be an encyclopedia, but is a work of literature. Graves was not a classical scholar, but he was a thorough and persistent in his research. For his sources he read and researched all of the original materials available to us that have come down from the classical times, in addition to the modern (in his time) commentaries that scholars had issued over the years. His real intent was to tell the stories of the various Greek myths in a way that would make them accessible to the general reader in a format that did not repel him. Graves himself made use of these myths in much of his writing as an inspiration for a variety of story lines. He decried the abandonment of the original materials providing these myths and their subsequent replacement by 'popular' versions such as might be found in Hawthorn's "Tanglewood Tales". The myths are grouped into categories such as: "Beginnings", "Stories of the Gods", "Sky, Sea and Underworld", "Revolts Against the Gods", "Heroes, Gods, and Mortals", etc. His commentaries after each entry provides his sources and also the correlation of the particular myth with mythic lore from other societies. 


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