I recommend every man read and understand mythology, particularly classical mythology. To get the Cliff's Notes version of mythology, read Thomas Bulfinch's Mythology. In it, he summarizes classical mythology pretty thoroughly, summarizing almost everything and explaining where the stories come from. I've only finished the first part of Mythology, Age of Fable. There are also 2 other parts, Age of Chivalry and Legends of Charlemagne.
After classical mythology, move onto Norse Mythology. Then look for a summary of mythology of other cultures.
Understanding mythology is not irrelevant to our everyday lives. Today's culture is a descendant of our historical culture. Understanding where we come from keeps us grounded in the present, and connected to the past. Once you understand classical mythology, you will see references to it everywhere, even in your daily life.
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