Old Greek Stories

Old Greek Stories

JamesBaldwin / Aug 21, 2019

Old Greek Stories Perhaps no other stories have ever been told so often or listened to with so much pleasure as the classic tales of ancient Greece For many ages they have been a source of delight to young people and o

  • Title: Old Greek Stories
  • Author: JamesBaldwin
  • ISBN: 9781406505115
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perhaps no other stories have ever been told so often or listened to with so much pleasure as the classic tales of ancient Greece For many ages they have been a source of delight to young people and old, to the ignorant and the learned, to all who love to hear about and contemplate things mysterious, beautiful, and grand Beautifully illustrated edition.

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        James BaldwinLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.James Baldwin 1841 1925 was an American editor and author Largely self educated, he began teaching at the age of 24 In addition to editing school books, he started writing books of his own After the publication in 1882 of The Story of Siegfried, he went on to write than 50 others At one time it was estimated that of all the school books in use in the United States, over half had been written or edited by him He is best remembered for the books of introductory historical sketches he wrote for younger students and his retellings of the legends of heroes for older students Other works include The Story of Roland 1883 , A Story of the Golden Age 1887 , Old Greek Stories 1895 , Fifty Famous Stories Retold 1896 , Four Great Americans 1897 , Hero Tales 1904 , Fifty Famous People 1912 and In My Youth 1914.


    1. A public domain book, which if you'd do some searching, may be found in some part of the web. It is very concise introduction to Greco-Roman mythology, with younger-audience-friendly tone of writing. No analysis, no comparative myths, and not even reference to ancient works -- only storytelling. Which, in strangely charming way, makes it even more readable.The narration is enjoyable, and the book makes sure every popular figure is included. The only qualm is that the author opted to use Roman na [...]

    2. Because of my Morton toe also commonly known as Greek feet, I have this likeness towards greek mythology. This book repeats many stories though. But its not that great but yeah a one time read. They have mostly covered thr common stories and the language is easy too.

    3. It had been a while since I've read some greek mythology. It is always so interesting and strange! I've listened to the audiobook on Librivox. Full review will come soon!

    4. Baldwin's beautiful rhythm and tone bring new life and accessibility to the Greek myths. Loved every word.

    5. يأخذك هذا الكتاب منذ بدء نشوء الأسطورة وأسبابها وفائدة دراستها حتى شرحها بترجمة متقنة وتشكيل سليم، كما يتضمن أبيات شعرية ونثرية واقتباسات استشهادية تعرض على طاولة الاحتمالات أكثر من خيار لينقي القارئ منها ما يعجبه. وفي الواقع أجد هذا الكتاب من أكثر الكتب وضوحاً - مما قرأت - [...]

    6. A rather clean and easy read of a collection of polished up Greek myths that somehow end up using the Roman names of the gods. James Baldwin has listed out the major players and their stories here - Daedalus, Minos, Perseus, Theseus, a tiny appearance by Hercules and, unlike most Greek myths you'll find lying around, he sympathizes with the Titans, and paint the Olympian gods as evil. There isn't anything new on offer for anyone averagely familiar with popular Greek mythology, but for anyone who [...]

    7. These stories are suitable for children, which are pure and innocent. These stories can teach them what is justice, what is bravery, how people work together, how to regulate themselves to avoid acting like those bad people.As an adult, the stories are somewhat ideal and corny for me, but wonderful stories they still are.I am so frustrated that this world is made for people who are "handsome youths" or "fair maidens" or "mighty". Do average-looking people have no rights to live?

    8. this is a water down version of the horros of the Greek mythology. I would strongly recommend it for kids since it lacks the brutality of the gods but includes the bravery and the fun adventures of the heroes.

    9. Interesting how he chooses not to refer to them as Gods in this retelling. Also interesting is the sympathy expressed for the titans throughout. As if the Olympians were some ungrateful upstarts who overthrew the rightful rulers rather than a new age of Gods. What made it more fun though was reading Rick Riordian's Greek Gods alongside. 1895 meets 2014. Delicious. [3.5/5]

    10. Nice stories explained in a simple language is very good for helping children increase vocabulary and fantasize about ancient Greek mythologiesA good book with simp!e vocabulary . Little stories with good morals and a heroic ending is essential for little kids

    11. I was surprised how not overly sexist this book was for the time it was written and also considering ancient Greek culture in general. I read it to my daughter (8) and we both enjoyed the stories, which were written in an engaging way, with evocative but not too advanced language. I did change most of the instances of "men" to "people" and "mankind" to "humankind" while reading it, but otherwise it really held up. My daughter particularly enjoyed the story of Atalanta, which she compared to the [...]

    12. A nice and concise collection of the old tales. Reading it made me realize how these stories continue to shape our lives. Stories are all pervasive and continue to shape our thinking, are ever present in our metaphors and anecdotes and more so in our movies. Some of the characters have abrupt beginning s and ends and with this book alone one cannot identify if it is upon the writer or the original story tellers. Overall a nice read.A second expanded edition which discussed the historical context [...]

    13. I love Greco-Roman mythology, and this book includes many short Greek myths. The stories include Jupiter, Prometheus, Pandora, Io, Arachne, Apollo, Daphne, Cadmus, Europa, Aesculapius, Admetus and Alcestis.I listened to the free ThoughtAudio audiobook.

    14. These myths are rewritten for children, and written well, BUTAny book that turns Gods into kings so as not to confuse or introduce the concept of polytheism to children needs to be thrown overboard. This is not bowdlerism, this is just a bad editorial decision. Give this one a pass. There are better books.

    15. Neat insight into the basic storyline of the Greek Gods and heroes. Can be a starting point if you want to delve into Greek mythology further. A few things though are amusing -Jupiter was a playboy. He saw a girl - loved/abducted/married. Each girl character was fair/fairer/fairest of all. So much for the 'fair' fascination.

    16. This is a very good, somewhat bowlderized collection of ancient Greek myths. The stories were mostly short and the language flows well. I intend to re-read this one aloud to the kids in the near-ish future.

    17. The stories in the book are ones that we learnt about at school and have vague memories of from various films. It is nice to have them in one place and even though they are so well known they lose none of their magic. Loved it.

    18. Greek mythology is always filled with much beauty and adventure With the likes of Pandora, Arachne, Cadmus, Prometheus, I remember reading most of these tales in high school.The title 'Men and Gods' contains a lot of these stories

    19. a precise, and engaging introduction to the history of Greek gods and goddesses narrated in the form of short stories. A must read starting book for people alien to the history of Greek gods and heroes. amazing bedtime read for kids.

    20. My passion for mythologyI have always enjoyed mythology with deep passion and wonder of the stories the ancients marveled at. So entertaining and educational and I believe having a certain level of truth. Marvelous!

    21. Great book and look in to Grecian life. I love some of the stories and it's always good to have a read into this fascinating culture.

    22. GreatVery easy to follow and its brilliance is in the order in which the stories are arranged, it makes them into a giant storyline.

    23. it is easy reading and informative. i cannot drop my kindle when i am reading. however it does not inclide the golden flee abd hercules.

    24. Clearly written for elementary age. I enjoyed it very much and found it full of excellent reminders of who the Gods/characters were and how they were related (when relevant).

    25. Very interesting short stories for children or adults. Another book that I read on my iPhone (quite useful when I am awake in the middle of the night and can't fall asleep again without reading).

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