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When reading greek myths it is important to remember that there were no orthodoxies in the ancient Greek religious system. The worship and stories of Gods and Heroes varied from place to place throughout the Hellenic world. What is so fabulous about Robert Graves is he does not just recount the most excepted version of the myth but rather depicts them all. He also points out if he feels a version of a myth was created or altered by a tragedian or poet. However, Graves collection of the greek myths are not for the beginner; a general working knowledge of the gods, heroes, the timeline and family lineage is a must. I truly recommend this book to any lover of the greeks and their mythology.
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This is an abridged and mutilated reading. Nowhere in the description is this indicated. The original work contains Graves' explication of each myth narrative. Graves' sometimes speculative scholarship is what makes this work unique, yet the commentary following each section of the myth narrative has been excised. Unfortunately, to sell this as Robert Graves' The Greek Myths without indicating that it is heavily redacted is fraudulent and a great disservice to a wonderful author. I'm rather steamed about it.
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