Mythology explains the creation of the myths as how the Greek and the Roman “race thought and felt untold ages ago”(Hamilton 1). The book gives insight on how their gods were created, saying that “The Greeks made their gods in their own image”(Hamilton 5).
Although the showing of the varied gods throughout the myths from different sources show them in many naive ways, such as stories of Cupid and Lovey like things, for sake being, may induce readers to think of generally happy stories. But Mythology has proven it wrong, showing that there are indeed dark spots within these foretold myths. From there, the book touches on the gods and their creation, as well as how the early Greeks used them as a prop for how everyday phenomenons occur,how mankind and the world was created, and it touches on general stories of Mythology. The book starts out with the introduction straight into The Two Great Gods of Earth, where it explains the relationship between the seasons and harvest, as well as the causes and effects of drinking wine. From there it goes into how the world and mankind was created, then a couple chapters later it talks about the Flower-Myths, basically telling how certain flowers came into existence (the Flower-Myths were all love stories), then it goes onto stories of certain people, such as the story of Pygmalion and Galatea, then it goes to the Trojan War which is where a war is started because of a golden apple, and the Greeks end up winning.
Mythology is a great piece of work that demonstrates the use of different stories and how to incorporate them into one whole piece that turns into a book of great information on the actual Greek Mythology and the writers of the stories. The book is well organized and IGN would rate this a ten out of ten. The book Mythology has an organization that is very well formatted, as said before, showing an almost sequential order throughout each story, from the way it started by explaining the origin of the myths and the purpose of them, so that proceeding stories would be easier to comprehend, rather than having the essential information to know in the middle of the book. The book touches on ideas that are essential to know before jumping into actual stories of Mythology made by the writers, and it makes it so that information could easily be interpreted, such as how in the Introduction To Classical Mythology, it mentions the dark spots, which are “traces of a time when there were beast-gods”(Hamilton 9) and “stories which point back to a time when there was human sacrifice”(Hamilton 9), this incorporation at the beginning of the book helps readers understand parts of the stories that relate to the dark spots, such as in the chapter, How the World and Mankind Were Created, where Prometheus was tortured, saying, “All day long he will tear rags your body”(Hamilton 91), so from there the readers can interpret that this was part of the dark spots that Edith Hamilton mentions, overall the organization of the book was very good,.