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Bulfinch’s Mythology


Bulfinch’s Mythology

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This is a free, online textbook that is now offered to the general public.  The original purpose of this book was to provide those who read English literature an understanding of the allusions made by others to mythological figures.  The author claimed to have written the stories "adapted to modern taste." 
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Material Type: Open Textbook
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: February 18, 2010
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 24, 2015
Submitter: Cathy Swift


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
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Language: English
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2 years ago

Rebecca Wall (Faculty)

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.