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Bulfinch’s Mythology

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Submitted by: Rebecca Wall (Faculty), Apr 26, 2014
Comment: Thomas Bulfinch lamented that readers in "a practical age like this" (the mid-nineteenth century) had no time to learn ancient languages but could not understand allusions in modern languages because they did not know the stories told by writers like Ovid. His solution was "to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education." It worked for me--Bulfinch's Mythology was one of my favorite books as a teenager, and the stories it taught me have served me well in years of reading and teaching literature written in English.