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Old Greek Stories

James Baldwin

Book Overview: 

A retelling of old Greek stories involving mythological heroes and their adventures. Tales include those of Prometheus, Io, Perseus and Theseus.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I can weave as well as you."

"Then let me tell you what we will do," said Athena. "Three days from now we will both weave; you on your loom, and I on mine. We will ask all the world to come and see us; and great Jupiter, who sits in the clouds, shall be the judge. And if your work is best, then I will weave no more so long as the world shall last; but if my work is best, then you shall never use loom or spindle or distaff again. Do you agree to this?" "I agree," said Arachne.

"It is well," said Athena. And she was gone.


When the time came for the contest in weaving, all the world was there to see it, and great Jupiter sat among the clouds and looked on.

Arachne had set up her loom in the shade of a mulberry tree, where butterflies were flitting and grasshoppers chirping all through the livelong day. But Athena had set up her loom in the sky, where . . . Read More

Community Reviews

One of the first stories I read as a child was one with Hercules and Antaeus. Only in the version I read, Antaeus beat Heracles with the help of Pygmies whom he had befriended.

There in Lies the intrigue with Mythology. There are often Multiple versions and Interpretations to tales that have bled...more

جولة جميلة في الاساطير والميثولوديجي الاغريقية او اليوننية
ممكن للاطفال يقرؤه دون خوف من زعزعة الافكار او المعتقدات الدنيية
ممتع بسيط سهل
The Maidens answered that they would give him not three things, but four. Then one of them gave him a sharp sword, which was crooked like a sickle, a...more

يأخذك هذا الكتاب منذ بدء نشوء الأسطورة وأسبابها وفائدة دراستها حتى شرحها بترجمة متقنة وتشكيل سليم، كما يتضمن أبيات شعرية ونثرية واقتباسات استشهادية تعرض على طاولة الاحتمالات أكثر من خيار لينقي القارئ منها ما يعجبه. وفي الواقع أجد هذا الكتاب من أكثر الكتب وضوحاً - مما قرأت - في شرح المثيولوجيا الأ...more

Hoewel ik de Griekse mythologie geweldig vind, vond ik dit boek echt onzin. De verhalen waren soms echt raar met aanpassingen die gewoon frustrerend waren. En dat telde voor mij gewoon heel erg mee voor het boek, omdat het er ook voor zorgde dat ik gewoon geen zin had in het boek...more

These stories are suitable for children, which are pure and innocent. These stories can teach them what is justice, what is bravery, how people work together, how to regulate themselves to avoid acting like those bad people.
As an adult, the stories are somewhat ideal and corny for me, but w...more

Baldwin's beautiful rhythm and tone bring new life and accessibility to the Greek myths. Loved every word.

A rather clean and easy read of a collection of polished up Greek myths that somehow end up using the Roman names of the gods. James Baldwin has listed out the major players and their stories here - Daedalus, Minos, Perseus, Theseus, a tiny appearance by Hercules... and, unlike most Greek myths y...more

this is a water down version of the horros of the Greek mythology. I would strongly recommend it for kids since it lacks the brutality of the gods but includes the bravery and the fun adventures of the heroes.

Because of my Morton toe also commonly known as Greek feet, I have this likeness towards greek mythology. This book repeats many stories though. But its not that great but yeah a one time read. They have mostly covered thr common stories and the language is easy too.

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