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Mythology: Plot Summary
Mythology: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Mythology: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Edith Hamilton
Historical Context of Mythology
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- Full Title: Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1942
- Literary Period: Classical scholarship
- Genre: Historical non-fiction, Classics, Mythology
- Setting: Ancient Greece and surrounding mythological areas, Iceland and Scandinavia
- Climax: The labors of Hercules, the Trojan War
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for Mythology
Discrimination. Hamilton received a fellowship to study for a Classics doctoral degree in Europe, but when she tried to take classes in Germany she was refused or alienated because she was a woman. In Munich, Hamilton was forced to sit on the lecturer’s platform, separated from and facing the audience, so no one would be “contaminated” by her.
Sister. Hamilton’s sister Alice also became a notable scholar and philanthropist. She became Harvard’s first female professor in 1919.