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Thomas Bulfinch (1796–1867)

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Bulfinch's Mythology (1855) 6,128 eksemplarer
Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable (1855) 3,619 eksemplarer
The Golden Age of Myth & Legend (1881) 368 eksemplarer
Myths of Greece and Rome (1979) 306 eksemplarer
A Book of Myths (1942) 77 eksemplarer
The Age of Fable (1935) 13 eksemplarer
The Age of Fable III (1913) 5 eksemplarer
The Age of Fable II 3 eksemplarer
Age of Fable, Part 1 (2011) 3 eksemplarer
The Age of Fable IV 2 eksemplarer
Bulfinchs̀ mythology 2 eksemplarer
50 Classic Mythologies (2011) 1 eksemplar
Stories of Gods and Heroes (2017) 1 eksemplar
Age of Fable, Part 2 (2011) 1 eksemplar
The Age of Fable Volume 2 (2018) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The New Junior Classics Volume 03: Myths and Legends (1938) — Bidragyder — 235 eksemplarer
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 07: Legends of Long Ago (1900) — Bidragyder — 172 eksemplarer
The Junior Classics Volume 04: Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry (1912) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer

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توماس بولفينش
Fødselsdato
1796-07-15
Dødsdag
1867-05-27
Begravelsessted
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Køn
male
Nationalitet
USA
Fødested
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Dødssted
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Bopæl
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Uddannelse
Harvard College (BA|1814)
Boston Latin School
Phillips Exeter Academy
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banker
writer
classicist
teacher
Relationer
Bulfinch, Charles (father)
Organisationer
Boston Society of Natural History
Boston Latin School
Merchants' Bank of Boston
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Thomas Bulfinch is best remembered today as the author of Bulfinch's Mythology, an 1881 compilation of his 3 previous works, which popularized ancient Greek and Roman and European mythology. It's still in print and used as a classic reference source and text.

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I read the abridged version. I discovered that I have the hardcover full editions of both the [Bulfinch's Mythology] and [The Age of Fable]. The main differences are in "The Age of Fable". A complete section of the Welsh stories has been cut out of the abridged edition. So far, those comprise more stories of Arthur and his Knights. I haven't done a close study of the original mythology, but the man who did the abridgement said that the only thing he left out of it was some of the Victorian poetry which Bulfinch had used to show how modern folks have used the tales. He left in poetry from the more famous poets.

I enjoyed reading this tremendously. It connected many dots for me of classical readings I have done from Dante to Tolkien, and in many less famous readings as well.

I am going through my hardcover full editions and reading the bits which were missing from the abridgement. I probably won't keep the paperback, since I have the full editions, but I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a reference and didn't want to take up so much room on their shelves.
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MrsLee | 1 anden anmeldelse | Sep 1, 2023 |
This 1967 version of Thomas Bulfinch's textbooks on mythology (finished in 1863) is a chronicle of myths that have influenced Western civilization and literature for hundreds of years. It is divided into three sections: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and The Legends of Charlemagne.

The Age of Fable takes up more than half of the book and is a great look at the myths of Greece, Rome, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. The vast majority of this section (33 out of 40 chapters) is spent on the myths of Greece and Rome. Fuller chooses to follow Bulfinch in naming the characters of the myths in their Roman names, rather than the Greek names, although translations are given. Stories included in this section include the creation of the world, Hercules, The Iliad, The Oddesy, and the Anead, as well as many Norse myths, the druids of Europe, and Beowulf. This section is easy to follow and gives insight into any myth you'd want to read about (or take inspiration from for your games, particularly from Mythic Odysseys of Theros).

The second section, The Age of Chivalry, revolves around the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This section is where the "Abridgement" in the title starts to rear its ugly head. While not as bad as in the following section, this is where the fact that this book was originally a textbook comes out in the storytelling. Unlike the former section, where there were stories like the Iliad but quickly move on to other characters, this section is more or less about the same group of people throughout. This means that while we have these characters for a longer amount of time, we still do not get very much elaboration on their character traits outside of being told that they love people or are virtuous knights. Because we are with these characters for longer, I would expect more elaboration on them. This section also summarises Le Morte d’Arthur (1485), by Sir Thomas Malory, which is also located in the recommended reading of Appendix D of the 5e Dungeon Master's Guide (2014).

In my opinion, the last section, The Legends of Charlemagne, was the hardest to get through, even though it was only around fifty pages. Maybe this is due to the fact that it is around half the length of The Age of Chivalry, or due to the fact that Charlemagne was an actual historical figure, but this section dragged along quite a bit. It was also, especially in chapters four and five, very insistent on a mentality of "us Christians versus those Muslims," which while understandable for the time, was not exactly the most palatable depiction for me, as I am not a Christian.

All in all, this is a great reference book, but I would stick to using it as just that and not reading it cover-to-cover like I did.
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WillChildress | 33 andre anmeldelser | May 3, 2023 |
This exquisite hard cover story covers a multitude of topics retelling short stories of Greek mythology, in a nonfiction format. It includes a glossary that explains important terms used throughout the series. Stories are told about mythological persons and events including: The Trojan War, Ulysses, King Midas, Hercules, Pegasus and the Chimera, Daedalus, Icarus, Cupid and Psyche, Atlanta, and Baucis and Philemon. These stories are written in a way that draws in young readers and gives critical information relating to the time period of Greeks and Roman mythology. The illustrations hold a special importance as they assist in conveying a more detailed picture of era and events relating to the specific Gods or Goddesses and settings involved.… (mere)
 
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AshleyNettleton | 33 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2023 |
A benchmark in the Mythology world. What can you say about it that has not already been said. If you read Mythology it is a must to have on your shelf. However I would consider Edith Hamilton's volume just as pertinent.
 
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JHemlock | 33 andre anmeldelser | Nov 17, 2022 |

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