Hello /lit/, my loves.
I was thinking we might talk about mythology literature. For example, I credit Edith Hamilton's Mythology (which I bought for a quarter at a yard sale as a child) with making me love literature.
Tonight I'm reading "I, Claudius" by Robert Graves, though I'm much more interested in his White Goddess.
What about you, anon? Any love for mythology and folklore?
White Goddess is fucking weird
If you want a good intro to it, get his Greek Myths and read the weirder femdom parts of his exegesis. Speaking as a femdomfag, reading WG is immediately like "oh hello Graves, I see you also like femdom." Something weeeeird was going on there.
Check out Bachofen as well if you're interested in that sort of thing
I want to read Claudius the God, next...
I've gone through Philip Mackie's The Caesars, which is up on YouTube... Haven't seen the BBC rendering, but I hear good things.
I annotated my copy of I, Claudius in order to sort align each chapter with the two series. I guess us Graves fans are a little particular in our fiction...
I, Claudius is rather flawed. Livia is cookie-cutter one-dimensional and is not at all an accurate representation of her, if Roman historical or biographical accounts are anything to go by. It's as if Graves needed an antagonist and just ran with it.
I would recommend Augustus by John Williams. A much better work of historical fiction
I, Claudius is one of my favourite books, I've kinda fallen in love with the poor, stuttering guy.
I'm really fascinated by god-emperor cults throughout the history, Romans as well as for example Napoleon.
A book you might like would be Death of Napolean if you're at all interested in him. Its a strange spin for sure, but it's quite good.
Funny enough, I would recommend Death of Virgil if you like The Aeneid. Quite obviously, if you haven't tackled all the standard stuff, you could read the standard Metamorphoses (Ovid), the plays of Sophocles, Euripedes, or Aeschylus, or Homer's work.
I've been reading some of the Islandic Saga over the last year. Also read The Long Ships which covers some of the same ground.
Such cool stories, the Vikings were a surprisingly complex people with intricate laws and customs.