The Greek Myths
- Narrated by: Matt Bates
- Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-09-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
With a novelist's skill and a poet's eye, Graves draws on the entire canon of ancient literature, bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic and unforgettable story. Ideal for the first-time reader, it is equally valuable for anyone seeking an authoritative and detailed account of the gods, heroes and extraordinary events that provide the bedrock of Western literature. The result is a classic among classics, a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own right.
Robert von Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was an English poet and novelist, scholar, translator and writer of antiquity, specialising in Classical Greece and Rome. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves's translations and innovative analysis and interpretations of the Greek myths, the memoir of his early life, Good-bye to all That, and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess, have never been out of print. Graves earned his living by writing popular historical novels, including I, Claudius (for which he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize), King Jesus, The Golden Fleece and Count Belisarius. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an honorary fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, in 1971.
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By darkbluepoppy on 09-04-18
Where are the notes ?<br />
The most important part of Graves's version of the Greek Myths is missing! The translation itself is excellent but it is the interpretation which makes it stand out despite the current view of classical scholarship that the interpretation is flawed. Graves's extensive footnotes were what I was looking forward to hearing in an unabridged recording of the book, and I am so disappointed that they are not included.
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By Joshua on 04-02-14
A Definitive Collection of Myth (in all variants)
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.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Jonathan M. Stone on 23-02-17
Unacceptable! Heavily redacted version should be sold as "ABRIDGED"!!
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.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful