Hello Book Lover! I hope you all are having cheerful and relaxing weekend. Today’s short story review is on nonfiction book Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus by in60Learning.
Publication Date: March 2nd 2018
Read Date: March 17th 2018
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You’ve heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, etc. The twelve Greek gods who sat atop thrones on Mount Olympus have permeated popular imagination. But what do you know about the Greek underworld, minor gods, and mythical beasts? Do you know how these stories were passed on from generation to generation, or what significance they held for the people who believed in them? This fascinating e-book introduces readers to the canon of Greek mythology and its influence on the world today in language, storytelling, and even science.
This book was nonfiction that gave overview of Greek mythology and explained how Greek mythology deeply intertwined with today’s modern world and became base of our beliefs. It covered the primordial Gods, birth of 12 main Gods and Goddesses who lived on mount Olympus, minor Gods and Goddess, underworld, mythical creatures, heroes, creation of humans, their influence on Roman mythology and their Roman equivalents. Pretty much everything.
First I loved the influence of Greek mythology in today’s world. It awed me how many words are derived from Greek mythology, from the name of Gods and Goddesses. Few I already knew and some were new to me. Being a fan of Percy Jackson is the advantage of knowing most of the things mentioned in this book so it was easy for me to go through this small version of Greek Mythology. This is very vast concept and if we look at it, it’s merely impossible to cover whole mythology in just 32 pages, but author did it and kudos for that.
All the minor details were included in just few lines. Right from birth of Gods and mount Olympus, how humans were created, Pandora, rituals of dead, Nymphs, satyrs to Greek Heroes- all that I remembered were given a line or two. Some stories were also recounted for better understanding.
I liked the part in which author compared heroes of marvel movies with Greek Heroes and how Greek mythology was taken as base inspiration in creation of Marvel movies. It was amazing that Greek mythology is core of so many things- Names of planets were based on Greek mythology which was later renamed with their Roman equivalent. Saturday is also from the word Saturn (Cronus in Greek). I also liked the stories of each constellation and zodiac signs which was new to me. At last the reason why we believe in fates so strongly, it was remarkable.
By comparing Greek mythology to the modern world, author has clearly concluded in this book that this stories might be thousand years old and might be just myth and stories passed down from generation to generation but it still has influenced us lot, more than we can think of, and has become the base of the humankind and human nature.
This concept of learning such a vast topic with deep meaning in just 60 minutes was utterly mind blowing.
As much as I appreciate all the details included in this book, I cannot overlook the fact that it’s not for those who are new to Greek Mythology. It will be too overwhelming for them. Plus in this book, the facts and points were given gathered from research, the detailed stories of all these facts are more entertaining.
Overall, it was concise account of whole Greek mythology with its influence on today’s life. I recommend this book to all Mythology lovers.
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*** Note: I got this copy free on amazon kindle. Many thanks to author and publisher for contacting me and introducing me to their work and all interesting titles. ***
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