The Age of Fable

By Thomas Bulfinch
Read by Mary Woods

Bulfinch’s Mythology: Book 1

13.05 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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Many of the world’s travails may be traced to the displacement of mythology by the age of science. Knowledge today is often deemed useful only if it enlarges our possessions or raises our station in society. If instead, the criterion were to make us happier and more virtuous, mythology would have retained its proper place in society. The Age of Fable is Thomas Bulfinch’s brilliant reconstruction of the ancient myths and legends that form the backbone of western culture. Drawn from a variety of classic sources, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Egyptian myths, Eastern mythology, and Hindu, Norse, and Celtic works, these selections form a remarkable tapestry of human endeavor: dreams, illusions, adventures, and loves. Included are the legends of Cupid and Psyche, Venus and Adonis, Hero and Leander, Hercules, and many others. 

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Many of the world’s travails may be traced to the displacement of mythology by the age of science. Knowledge today is often deemed useful only if it enlarges our possessions or raises our station in society. If instead, the criterion were to make us happier and more virtuous, mythology would have retained its proper place in society.

The Age of Fable is Thomas Bulfinch’s brilliant reconstruction of the ancient myths and legends that form the backbone of western culture. Drawn from a variety of classic sources, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Egyptian myths, Eastern mythology, and Hindu, Norse, and Celtic works, these selections form a remarkable tapestry of human endeavor: dreams, illusions, adventures, and loves. Included are the legends of Cupid and Psyche, Venus and Adonis, Hero and Leander, Hercules, and many others. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated…Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement.” Thomas Bulfinch
“[Mary Woods] read[s] in a clear and pleasant voice without attempting to inject drama where there is none.” Audiofile

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Author Bio: Thomas Bulfinch

Thomas Bulfinch (1796–1867) was educated at Boston Latin, Phillips Exeter, and Harvard. A clerk in the Merchant’s Bank of Boston who wrote books in his spare time, he was the first to create a popular compendium of ancient myths and legends.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 13.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English