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  • Classical Mythology

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482

These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the Facts behind the Myth

  • By Joshua on 11-05-13

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Fascinating lecture on classical mythology. Vandiver is entertaining and realistic in her approach and I would be delighted to listen to more of her lectures.

I'm not really sure what's up with the other reviewer, maybe it was different than what they were expecting. To prevent that, let me tell you:
-The first three lectures are a discussion of what constitutes a myth. She explains multiple theories and their implications.
-The next lectures are about the beginning of the universe and the birth of the gods/ primordial deities.
-Then come a few more Olympians (Demeter, Dionysus, Hermes, etc)
-And a few heroes (Heracles is the biggie)

This is not a systematic retelling of myth in the form of a story, it's a lecture intended to help listeners better interpret and understand classical mythology. It's very brief, as an in-depth interpretation of all myth would take several weeks of continuous lecture, but it's a good starting point.

As someone whose only experience with mythology was the Percy Jackson series, I found this interesting and well worth the time it took to listen. I recommend it.

94 of 97 people found this review helpful

  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

  • By: Adrienne Mayor
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read for those interested in Antiquity

  • By Christopher on 07-08-10

Informative but Repetitive

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-13

This book is fascinating! It's entertaining and may teach you a thing or two, but I would recommend having at least a basic understanding of ancient history before stepping into this book. The author tends to jump around, following only a semblance of chronological order that often left me scratching my head to etch out the timeline. My only other issue was the repetitiveness of some anecdotes. As much as I love Heracles and his unfortunate life, I did not need to be reminded of the Hydra's poison again and again and again.

I would recommend this book to a friend who already has a good grip on history, or possibly one who really enjoys learning about the numerous ways humans have devised to horrible maim/ kill other humans. We are creative beings in our self destruction, like fireworks. Or decorative wedding cakes.

Delicious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,936

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

I read it, I'm reading it, and I'll read it again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-13

It's the basic underdog fantasy; some oppressed people have to get their crap together to defeat an evil tyrant and save the world. Their foe is immense, incredible, a force of nature, CAN THEY DO IT?
This book drags you in kicking and screaming to a twisted world that is most delightfully mysterious. The characters are brought to life by Michael Kramer, who has impeccable comedic timing and a voice like earthquake.
The Mistborn trilogy is not the sort of series that you read once and set aside, feeling content. I've read and reread them, listening for all the little clues I may have missed.
As the Survivor always says; There is always another secret.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful