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The Age of Fable

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The Age of Fable

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If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation. But if that which tends to make us happier and better can be called useful, then we claim that epithet for our subject. For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness. Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. When Byron calls Rome "the Niobe of nations," or says of Venice, "She looks a Sea-Cybele fresh from ocean," he calls up to the mind of one familiar with our subject, illustrations more vivid and striking than the pencil could furnish, but which are lost to the reader ignorant of mythology. Milton abounds in similar allusions. The short poem "Comus" contains more than thirty such, and the ode "On the Morning of the Nativity" half as many. Through "Paradise Lost" they are scattered profusely. This is one reason why we often hear persons by no means illiterate say that they cannot enjoy Milton. But were these persons to add to their more solid acquirements the easy learning of this little volume, much of the poetry of Milton which has appeared to them "harsh and crabbed" would be found "musical as is Apollo's lute." Our citations, taken from more than twenty-five poets, from Spenser to Longfellow, will show how general has been the practice of borrowing illustrations from mythology.

The Age of Fable Or Stories of Gods and Heroes

Author : Thomas Bulfinch
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Bulfinch s Greek and Roman Mythology

Author : Thomas Bulfinch
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DIVVivid myths of Greece and Rome, plus stories of Norse gods and heroes. Zeus and Hera, Apollo, Jason and the golden fleece, the wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas, the deeds of Thor, many more. /div

The Age of Fable Or Stories of Gods and Heroes

Author : Thomas BULFINCH (the Younger.)
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Poetry of the Age of Fable Collected by T Bulfinch

Author : Thomas BULFINCH (the Younger.)
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The Age of Fable

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The basic work on classical mythology.

The Age of Fable

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The Age of Fable Thomas Bulfinch - Thomas Bulfinch collected and interpreted the legends of the world for everyday people, so that those who lacked extensive schooling could still understand the mythological allusions that fill classic and contemporary literature.Bulfinchs Mythology began as three separate volumes in the 1850s and 60s. Bulfinch published "The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes" in 1855 and then moved on to publish two more collections: "The Age of Chivalry, or the Legends of King Arthur" in 1858; and "Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages" in 1863. When Bulfinch died in 1867, the three volumes were combined and retitled Bulfinch's Mythology and reprinted in 1881. It has remained one of the most trusted English-language interpretations of Greek and Roman mythology, Arthurian legend, and medieval romance ever since.

The Age of Fable

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Long regarded as one of the most significant collectors and interpreters of folklore and mythology, Thomas Bulfinch was an esteemed but not affluent scholar from Massachusetts who set about making the world's folk tales accessible to the lay reader. In this, Bulfinch's first published work, he explores ancient Greek and Roman folk tales and their interpretation by various authors over the course of thousands of years.

Bulfinch s Mythology

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