Are you looking for a couple of mythology book recommendations? Well then today, I have some suggestions just for you. After all, reading and writing about myth is what I do here at Mythography.
Bulfinch’s Mythology is an old school retelling of some of the main stories of Western myth. In all honesty, I feel that the style may be a bit antiquated at this point. “Flowery” would be a good way to describe the text, since it was written in the 19th century by scholar Thomas Bulfinch. Be that as it may, it is much more accessible – not to mention readable – than your typical encyclopedia of mythology.
I also appreciate the breadth of the book, as it covers everything from favorite figures dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, to touching on some basic background of Norse myth, as well as a really extensive examination of Arthurian legend. So go ahead and get your myth on with Bulfinch’s! (Did I really just write that? Yes, alas, I did.)
Okay, you checked out Bulfinch’s. Still feeling overwhelmed by all of the various legendary characters? The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Mythology is another resource that can help sort it all out. The book features a fun, witty, and occasionally irreverent approach to the sometimes complex and convoluted world of Greek and Roman myth. Plus, it’s more contemporary than Bulfinch’s Mythology. Bonus! The book even features a good glossary of terms and who’s who type list of Classical myth.
Finally, if you are feeling somewhat ambitious, why not try to read one (or more) of the classic works of literature? The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, the Aeneid of Virgil, and/or the Metamorphoses of Ovid are all good choices. Just don’t get too nutty, as I did, and try to read any of them in either the original Greek or Latin. Not recommended for a first time around.