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Does it cover all the mythological heroes? Nafiza It looked to, at least all the ones I've remembered. It's very thorough and feels like the author was trying to be a definitive anthology. See 1 question about Sagen des klassischen Altertums…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Sagen des klassischen Altertums. This is the third in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology. Davis Ha This is the third in a series of six reviews focusing on books about Greek mythology.
Martin New American Library, As Goodreads is not really set up to handle comparative reviews smoothly, the discussion is split across the six book reviews. I've tried to evaluate each book on its own particular merits, and also give some idea of how it stacks up relative to the others.
I based the comparative evaluation on three main general criteria - readability, accuracy, and scope breadth and depth of coverage ; I also looked at how each book handled two particular examples -- the life of Hercules and the story of Philomela and Procne.
More details about the comparison can be found in the introduction to the first review: Bulfinch evaluation Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece is a translation of Gustav Schwab's Sagen des Klassischen Altertums , a book that has been the canonical source for Greek legends for several generations of Germans.
Gustav Schwab's original version was first published in Stuttgart in , so it predates Bulfinch by a couple of decades, Edith Hamilton by roughly a century. It's remarkably good -- Schwab's goal was to write a book which could serve as a reference on Greek mythology at a level that would make them accessible to the "common reader". He accomplished his goal - the book was an immediate success in Germany, and Germans still regard it as a canonical reference, almost two centuries later.
The style of Schwab's text is clear, authoritative, and straightforward mercifully, Schwab avoids the kind of syntactical brambles so beloved of many of his contemporaries.
The translation preserves all the virtues of the original and actually forces me to break out the word 'awesome', because I think it represents an improvement in many places. It almost achieves King James status, by which I mean that the language often seems so right as to be inevitable, and anything else doesn't sound as authoritative in the same way that all other translations of the Bible sound "wrong" after you've read the King James version.
Although it runs to pages and the illustrations are nothing to write home about, it's a clear, useful, beautifully comprehensive reference. Not my first choice among the six on the list, but it's very good nonetheless.
Schwab's particular genius was an ability to synthesize material from different sources brilliantly, frequently enriching a story whose main outlines he takes from one primary source with episodes taken from other sources. He does this so seamlessly that it feels like you're reading the canonical version. With respect to the two 'test stories' that I sued for the comparative evaluation of all six books on the list, Schwab's treatment of the life and adventures of Hercules is exemplary.
It was a minor disappointment to find no mention of the story of Philomela and Procne. Relative to the other books on the list, Schwab devotes more space to The Trojan War and its aftermath rougly of or so pages. Note that he is not giving a direct translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey - it's more like an intelligent, well-written precis.
If you already know the originals pretty well, then the last half of Gods and Heroes may not be all that interesting for you. This is a fine book. View all 4 comments. Perhaps a bit dated in feel and scope, and definitely presenting a writing style that is indeed a bit convoluted and rather old-fashioned, Gustav Schwab still manages to continuously hold and retain my interest and has actually much rekindled my interest in Greek and to a point Roman mythology and my wish to learn ancient Greek so that I can, perhaps, sometime in the future manage to read Hesiod's Theogony in the original although I really do now wonder and question whether my father might have indeed simplified some of the stories a bit when he was reading them aloud to us, as I do not recall the individual tales being all that complicated.
Definitely much recommended, although for reading in the original, fluency in German and familiarity with advanced grammar structures like the passive and the subjunctive is an absolute must there are though, numerous decent and readable translations of this collection in English, with Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece being the most popular and readily available.
View 2 comments. My very first book, the one that changed my life. This is the reason way i studyied ancient Greek and Latin for 4 years. You know how you often get asked a silly question like ''If you had one book to take on a deserted island'', well, i'd choose this one.
I don't even travel without it- it's my childhoof blanket, my teddy bear. And one day, if i have children, they will too fall asleep listening to the stories from Olimpus, and about Trojan war. Pantheon has always done a wonderful job of publishing comprehensive and engaging volumes with their series of folklore works and Schwab's work carries on the tradition perfectly. There's not much I really can say considering the stories represented here are age-old and known throughout countless generations.
Rather I'll praise the thorough job done in compiling all the stories. There's no need to jump from book to book anymore when studying the different tales or history making it wonderful for Pantheon has always done a wonderful job of publishing comprehensive and engaging volumes with their series of folklore works and Schwab's work carries on the tradition perfectly.
There's no need to jump from book to book anymore when studying the different tales or history making it wonderful for a reference as well as entertainment. The language it's presented in isn't stuffy like so many anthologies of mythology tend to be making a classic subject very approachable. Feb 27, id! It has taken me a while to get through this and there are I read it as kid, 11 years, old, i can remember how i was devouring it with big enthusiasm.
While my classmates chosed to talk about theire hobbies as presentation in front of the class, i talked about the "Ten heroic deeds of Heracless". Was big fun for me. If you enjoy Greek Mythology this is definitely the book for you. Now I will have to admit, I did not read this book completely in one month, but that is what I loved about it. You can pick up this book and always find a new adventure to read.
By the time you read them all you will be excited just to start all over again. Each story is an escape from reality. Whether you are on a long voyage home from t If you enjoy Greek Mythology this is definitely the book for you. Whether you are on a long voyage home from the fall of Troy, or becoming King of the Gods you are always captivated with these ancient adventures. Prior to reading this book I would say that I had a pretty decent amount of background knowledge pertaining to Greek Mythology.
After completing this book I realized that there were so many stories that I was not aware about. For example, the story of Europa. Europa was a Phoenician princess and was fancied by Zeus. He fancied her so much that he appeared to her as a beautiful white bull. Europa got on to Zeus the bull and he whisked her away to the island of Create. What went on with Zeus and Europa? You will have to read the story to find out. I will tell you that the continent of Europe was named after her.
Stories such as this are interesting and intense. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed adventure and mythology. I like this book because of the action combined with the historical settings.
I also enjoyed this book because you can take your time to enjoy the individual stories. I did not like that the stories are not clearly divided into chapters it made it difficult to find individual stories. Great book!!
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Sagen des klassischen Altertums
Gustav Schwab was born in Stuttgart , the son of the philosopher Johann Christoph Schwab : he was introduced to the humanities early in life. While at university he established a literary club and became a close friend of Ludwig Uhland , Karl Varnhagen and Justinus Kerner , with whom he published a collection of poems under the title Deutscher Dichterwald. In , he moved back to Stuttgart, where he was first pastor and then from educational counselor for Stuttgart's high school system. In he received an honorary Doctorate from his old university. Schwab's collection of myths and legends of antiquity , Sagen des klassischen Altertums , published from to , was widely used at German schools and became very influential for the reception of classical antiquity in German classrooms. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fritz Bauer — eine Biographie.