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A Book of Myths

Gelesen von James K. White

(4,533 Sterne; 15 Bewertungen)

This is a collection of myths--mostly Greek with a smattering of others from the east--written in a clear and easy-to-read style. Lang complemented each myth with poetry by other authors who, like her, were inspired by these ancient stories of the gods. Lang chose these stories because they portrayed heroic gods, faithfully and blindly worshipped by man. Ultimately, however, these gods demonstrated the same frailties as humans, and were found to be just as corrupt. Still, as Lang said, in spite of this these myths portrayed "a wonderful humanity that strikes a vibrant cord . . . ." This is significant to a deeper understanding of the collection as it was published in 1914 against the backdrop of the first world war, the war to end all wars--a war that doomed millions of common men to suffer "Promethean agonies," and die on battlefields in a most un-heroic way. As you listen to the narration, compare the gods of myth--with all their human frailties--to the 20th century, god-like European leaders who traded the wonderful innocence of humanity for the notion of "a noble cause." - Summary by James K. White (10 hr 24 min)

Chapters

Preface and Post-Script

11:12

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Prometheus and Pandora

18:52

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Pygmalion

8:52

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Phaeton

18:42

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Endymion

9:15

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Orpheus

20:34

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Apollo and Daphne

7:08

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Psyche

41:54

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The Calydonian Hunt

16:20

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Atalanta

7:32

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Arachné

14:28

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Idas and Marpessa

18:46

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Arethusa

8:36

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Perseus the Hero

35:49

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Niobe

9:30

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Hyacinthus

8:24

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King Midas of the Golden Touch

17:47

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Ceyx and Halcyone

19:02

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Aristaeus the Bee-Keeper

12:44

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Proserpine

14:16

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Latona and the Rustics

8:45

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Echo and Narcissus

12:40

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Icarus

15:35

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Clytie

5:45

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The Cranes of Ibycus

8:04

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Syrinx

9:31

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The Death of Adonis

12:34

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Pan

19:54

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Lorelei

12:24

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Freya, Queen of the Northern Gods

13:47

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The Death of Baldur

18:31

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Beowulf

42:09

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Roland the Paladin

41:44

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The Children of Lir

31:31

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Deirdrê

52:00

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Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

Wonderfully read, thank you. Your voice, at times, sounds like Morgan Freeman's.