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Old 11-29-2007, 04:43 PM
bobman0330 bobman0330 is offline
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Read the iliad, it's pretty much the earliest work that contains a miriad of information on the topic. Draw your own conclusions, they will probably make more sense to you than some stuffed shirt scholars trickled down list of information, plus, you'll retain this knowledge moreso than if you just read some kind of cliff notes on the greek gods.

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This is just stupid. The Iliad is a bad introduction to Greek mythology. Period. If he reads the Iliad without any background, he's going to think there's a guy named Atrides running around. He won't know anything about the Judgment of Paris or the abduction of Helen because, guess what, those aren't in the Iliad. He'll have no idea why Hera hates Troy, why Aphrodite likes it, or why Ares sides with Aphrodite.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:47 PM
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Read the iliad, it's pretty much the earliest work that contains a miriad of information on the topic. Draw your own conclusions, they will probably make more sense to you than some stuffed shirt scholars trickled down list of information, plus, you'll retain this knowledge moreso than if you just read some kind of cliff notes on the greek gods.

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This is just stupid. The Iliad is a bad introduction to Greek mythology. Period. If he reads the Iliad without any background, he's going to think there's a guy named Atrides running around. He won't know anything about the Judgment of Paris or the abduction of Helen because, guess what, those aren't in the Iliad. He'll have no idea why Hera hates Troy, why Aphrodite likes it, or why Ares sides with Aphrodite.

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im pretty sure you can figure all that out contextually though. did you read the prose/abridged version or something?
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Old 11-29-2007, 05:17 PM
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why on earth is this interesting? everything in the world interests me

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Including lame flames about posts that don't interest you, which is probably the most boring thing of all.
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:10 PM
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Read the iliad, it's pretty much the earliest work that contains a miriad of information on the topic. Draw your own conclusions, they will probably make more sense to you than some stuffed shirt scholars trickled down list of information, plus, you'll retain this knowledge moreso than if you just read some kind of cliff notes on the greek gods.

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This is just stupid. The Iliad is a bad introduction to Greek mythology. Period. If he reads the Iliad without any background, he's going to think there's a guy named Atrides running around. He won't know anything about the Judgment of Paris or the abduction of Helen because, guess what, those aren't in the Iliad. He'll have no idea why Hera hates Troy, why Aphrodite likes it, or why Ares sides with Aphrodite.

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im pretty sure you can figure all that out contextually though. did you read the prose/abridged version or something?

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It's extremely difficult to figure this out contextually if you have no background in Greek mythology. It might be possible to start with the Iliad/Odyssey if you were reading along with an English commentary like A Companion to the Iliad, something that's useful for readers with any level of familiarity. But why would you want to start from scratch like that when there are so many simple and unbiased sources of pertinent background information?

The purpose of the two epics are not be introductions to mythology, and just because by the vagaries of time they happen to be the "first" examples we have doesn't make them the logical start. Furthermore, the large majority of those works have nothing to do with mythology. If you really want to go along those lines, why not just start with Hesiod's Theogony - which is not only contemporaneous with at least the Odyssey (slightly younger than the Iliad), but also starts at the "beginning" of Greek mythology.

With all that being said it is still worthwhile to just dive right into the Iliad/Odyssey; they're incredible works of art and arguably the foundation of the entire western literary tradition. Just don't expect an easy introduction to mythology and be prepared for a lot of hard work.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:00 PM
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I know very little about it. Like pretty much nothing beyond 4 or 5 obvious 'who was the God of xxxx?'. I'm interested in learning all about it, not only because it seems interesting, but also because I'm a big fan of quiz shows and it seems to pop up daily.

But where do I start?

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Just wanted to say I aced the Jeopardy final question just now (only 1 of 3 contestants got it, but it wasn't too hard)

What poisonous substance is named after a goddess of love?

<font color="white"> Venom from Venus. </font> (amswer in white)



I think you should read

Lattimore's translation of Homer's Iliad

along with a companion such as this one


That way you get the poetry, the story, and the background.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:57 PM
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Any on got more recommendations?
I'm looking for dvd's about the mythology of acnient Greece.
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