Is Bulfinch's Mythology a superior text to Edith Hamilton's Mythology? Or is there one that is better than either of them.
Bulfinch's is much bigger, at least plus it covers Norse mythology and more "recent" material like King Arthur and Charlemagne. I think that Hamilton does a better job with the Greeks though. Get them both and compare.
just start with Hesiod Works and Days/Theogony , it's like 100 pages, and you'll learn a ton about Greek myth.
Then maybe go to Homer, Ovid.
Epic of Gilgamesh
Le Morte D'Arthur
all easily readable and readily available, and won't take 'years of your life'
I'm working through the Iliad right now. What translations of Works and Days/Theogony are best? Is it actually an entertaining read or is it similar to Hamilton's wikipedia-like summaries?
I haven't read Hamilton so I can't say if it's better. But Bulfinch is extremely accessible to anyone of a certain reading comprehension level. Normies who had never heard anything of Greek mythology before hand can get a decent overview within a few hours. Doesn't really go into anything more than the actual narrative of the tales though.