Do you enjoy reading about greek mythology?

Do you enjoy reading about greek mythology?
I thought I would like it but the stories in pic related feel like a series of random events with no real point behind them.

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    if you're interested in greek mythology you should read stuff from antiquity. outside of their fairy tales you get plenty of their mythology through their non-fiction.

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    the point is low level tech civilization trying to use metaphor to explain the world around them. Not to mention early beginnings to modern storytelling.

    Greek Mythology especially, is a Bronze Age version of The Boys.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      peak soi post

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >the point is low level tech civilization trying to use metaphor to explain the world around them
      Actual 80 IQ post. Impressive.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'd like to shoot you several times in the chest.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you enjoy reading about greek mythology?
    Yes, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      What do you like about them? Do you think the characters are well written? That the plot is well thought out?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Do you think the characters are well written? That the plot is well thought out?
        i think the graphics are a 7/10.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          That book in my original post has some great graphics I'd say 8/10 at least to be honest.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        nta but I've loved reading mythology ever since I was a schoolboy. I keep returning to mythology and when there is something you have been interested in since childhood then it is fascinating to see how meaning, understanding and perception change the older and the more experienced you're getting.
        >Do you think the characters are well written?
        >That the plot is well thought out?
        I never thought about it but these words sound so funny to me in that context. This is ancient mythology. This was all living speech. These stories weren't constructed and engineered like a modern novel. I have a really hard time seeing Ulysses or Theseus as "characters". They're heroes, they're protagonists. But I somehow just can't call them characters. Same with "plot" and all the rest. Mythology isn't literature like a 21st century novel is. So I don't judge it using the same metrics that I use to judge literature.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I never thought about it but these words sound so funny to me in that context.
          it's really funny when people that were raised in the modern media consumption culture pick up an old book and try to "critique" it like they're mr plinkett talking about star wars. but is there a likeable protagonist??? they thought mythology was just anime but old.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            I blame modernized retellings/ interpretations of greek mythology for this. percy jackson, song of achilles, shit like that

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >nta
          AITA for saying anon using ”nta” is colossal cringe?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          I see, thanks for sharing your perspective. Maybe these stories would be better off told by a good storyteller than written up like they are in this particular book I'm reading since they were originally told orally.

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    they're better understood when in tandem with actual ancient greek history, literature and philosophy. in a vacuum they're quite pointless reads imo.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have this particular book, and it's maybe a bit more dry than I was hoping for. I guess I wanted more dramatized readings of the myths.
    Honestly, I'm half tempted to just go looking for a manga.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I have this particular book, and it's maybe a bit more dry than I was hoping for.
      Right? Maybe it's just the writing style of Edith Hamilton which feels just like she's soullessly describing a series of random events when she translates.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'll ask here. You know when Ulysses tells his men to tie him to the head mast of the ship so he could listen to the sirens? Because the singing is so alluring, do you think he was rock hard during the whole scene? Kek can you imagine him with bloodshot eyes, huge veins in the neck, yelling like mad, with a rearing red cock like a fucking spear projecting from his loins?

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I only recently started reading some greek mythology, more specifically, I picked up a copy of Apollodorus's "The Library". I absolutely do enjoy reading greek mythology.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Maybe he's a better storyteller

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Former classicist here. I never got the appeal of this book or similar ones. The great literature of the Greeks is primarily about the heroic age, not this stuff. It's fine as a reference for allusions in the literature, but it is sub literary itself. Read Homer and the tragedians first and foremost. The reward is much greater.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >the stories in pic related feel like a series of random events with no real point behind them.

    Well, yeah.

    Did you think folklore was written by committee?

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    No

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