Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real by Nigel Spivey (PDF)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2005
  • Number of pages: 272 pages
  • Format: PDF
  • File Size: 1.19 MB
  • Authors: Nigel Spivey


A vivid, uninhibited retelling of the classic Greek storiesSongs on Bronze is the first major retelling of Greek mythology in half a century; a set of lively, racy, dramatic versions of the great myths, which, in a multicultural society, are recognized more than ever as stories without equal.Most of us would like to know the Greek myths better than we do, and books like Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf have demonstrated the power of ancient texts to enchant and enthrall us. And yet the modern translations of the Greek myths have sought to instruct, to edify, or to impart a personal philosophy. Songs on Bronze is different. With this book, Nigel Spivey–a young Cambridge classicist and rising star as a documentary host–gives us the Greek myths as the spellbinding stories they are. In bold, sensuous prose, he tells of Demeter and Persephone, of Jason and the Argonauts, of the wrath of Achilles and the travels of Odysseus, of Oedipus’s crime and Orpheus’s excursion into the underworld. In his hands, these stories are revealed anew as outsize tales of love and strife, of secret compacts and open rivalries, of lust and desire.Songs on Bronze is a fresh revision of the classics that is likely to become a classic in its own right.

User’s Reviews

Reviews from Amazon users which were colected at the time this book was published on the website:

⭐I bought this book with high hopes, but could not finish it. While the intention might be honorable, the work is very poorly done and often even wrong.Too light for nonfiction, too flat-footed for fiction, infused with 80’s pop psychology, this book misses the point of every one of the stories. Worse, the author has made stunningly careless errors: in the most obvious example, he makes Ares, the God of War, responsible (due to boredom with the wedding of Peleus and Thetis) for the mischief that led to the Judgement of Paris. But it wasn’t Ares, of course; it was Eris the goddess of discord who resented not having been invited to the wedding. Every Greek schoolchild knows this – why on earth wouldn’t a highly educated adult ‘expert?’ This error makes the whole story incoherent, and drastically cheapens its meaning.This is a sorry book; asking too little of history, giving too little to those who might honestly depend on it for information, so intent on modernizing that it forgets it must also involve compelling writing, careless with its subjects, and completely misunderstanding the purpose of myth..

⭐Nigel Spivey’s prose is a delight to read. One hopes that young people will benefit from Spivey’s synopses of some of the better-known myths of Classical Greece. The book, as Spivey himself notes in the introduction, was written to help educate his own children — lucky children to have such a father in a day and age when children are schooled rather than being educated.

⭐This is the second time I’ve purchased this book. The first time I read this was while I was actually touring the ancient sites in Greece. Nigel Spivey is a very talented writer. He makes the stories feel timeless; relatable in todays world. I could imagine them taking place as I walked those ancient ruins. I purchased the second copy for my adult son. He would watch a historic program and always feel the lack of a deeper understanding for the ancients and there beliefs. This book will fill that void.

⭐Wonderful interpretation and performance by Yuri Rasovsky reading the stories which make up Songs on Bronze. Very inspired presentation. I did not read the book but have delighted in putting on these tapes in my studio while I work. I never grow tired of them.

⭐Good book, came on time, very good conditon

⭐I had to read a few parts of this book for my classical mythology book and it was really entertaining and engaging. It’s a simple and easy to read. So if you want a little bit more inside to some myths, this book is good for you. Keep in mind there are many versions of myths.

⭐Bloodlessly contemporary. In love with the banality of marketplace English. Blind to the historicity of moral values. Hot, Hot, Hot. Now, Now Now, Dull, Dull, Dull.

⭐What a good book really liked it if you times in one sitting.


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