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From Myth to Masterpiece

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By Brooke Ferber

Arguably, Edith Hamilton’s anthology of Mythology is an extraordinary, enticing literary work. Inclusive of some of the period’s most well respected poets, this ultimate anthology entrances its readers with the Pagan gods, particularly because their emotional similarities to humans differ only by their possession of extraordinary powers.

While devouring every page of Mythology, I recommend a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art  to readers who wish to see the parallels between the description of the immortals in text and those in real life. When journeying through the Greek and Roman galleries, one can soak up the beauty of each and every sculpture. The parallels between the literature and the art being so precise, it is guaranteed to take anyone by surprise.

And with such a sweet surprise, it made the art more relevant on a personal level. During my own reading of the book, Hamilton introduced me to one of my favorite personalities­­—Artemis. . I became obsessed with her courage and individuality. Naturally, observing the artists’ techniques used to convey these traits became a visual communication—even better than a movie—of an element of society.

I strongly recommend both reading Mythology and venturing off into the perfect mayhem of New York—especially if you have an interest in the classics, like I do.

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