Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton was all I was hoping for. Hamilton has created a modern compendium of the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that have formed the keystones of modern mythology.
Now that I’ve read this, I want to reread two of my recent reads, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and American Gods. Both draw heavily from the ancient myths, and I wonder if I would be able to get more out of both reads now.
Mythology goes chapter-by-chapter through the classic myth stories, including Hercules, Theseus, Persephone and the like. Hamilton takes her cues from differing accounts of the stories and combines them into one coherent chapter. I loved my ability to distinguish between the ancient writers (Ovid) and Hamilton’s witty comments.
I always wanted to take a Mythology class in College, and never got to because it was only offered when I was abroad. L. This partially made up for that missed opportunity, since many of my friends said they had to read this in a high school mythology class.
Would highly recommend for anyone interested in any type of mythology!