One of the most popular collections of mythology of all time, The Age of Fable contains many Greek and Roman myths, including simplified versions of The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as a selection of Norse and “eastern” myths. Thomas Bulfinch’s goal was to make the ancient myths accessible to a wide audience, and so it is suitable for children.
"The Age of Fable" has come to be ranked with older books like "Pilgrim's Progress," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Arabian Nights," and "Robinson Crusoe." Written to “teach mythology not as a study but as a relaxation from study,” these ageless fables span the ages: from the Olympus of Zeus and the Valhalla of Thor, to the Round Table of King Arthur and the escapades of Robin Hood.
“Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.” – from the introduction
Still recognized as the most useful book on Greek Mythology, "The Age of Fable" remains a standard fixture in schools and libraries.
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