World Mythology

An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics

Author: Donna Rosenberg

Publisher: Ntc Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780844257686

Category: Social Science

Page: 86

View: 1700

World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and Pacific islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each selection prompt analysis and response.

World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics

An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics

Author: Donna Rosenberg

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780844259666

Category: Social Science

Page: 722

View: 827

World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and Pacific islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each selection prompt analysis and response.

Parallel Myths

Author: J.F. Bierlein

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307754642

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 5049

An entertaining and thought-provoking look at the common threads woven through the world's greatest myths -- and the central role they have played through time. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Great Myths of the World

Author: N.A

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486120392

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 5765

A collection of tales from ancient myth and legend. Isis and Osiris, Gilgamesh, Hercules, Pandora, Quetzalcoatl, and other larger-than-life figures populate these pages in a wonderful treasury for all ages.

Myth and knowing

an introduction to world mythology

Author: Scott A. Leonard,Michael McClure

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

ISBN: 9780767419574

Category: History

Page: 394

View: 6170

Myth & Knowing is the most comprehensive world mythology textbook on the market. The text/reader format provides both jargon-free discussions of current themes and thinkers in the ongoing scholarly conversation about myth and a broad selection of myths chosen for literary merit and the cultural sensitivity of their translations. Rather than being genre-driven, the book emphasizes the psychological, religious, and cultural meanings of myth, presenting these with the intent of fostering a love of literature in students. Book jacket.

World Mythology

Author: Roy G. Willis

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805027013

Category: Religion

Page: 311

View: 7553

Looks at the mythology of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China, Tibet, Japan, Greece, Rome, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Australia

The World of Myth

An Anthology

Author: David Adams Leeming

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199762724

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 2706

Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."


Myths of the Female Divine

Author: David Adams Leeming,Jake Page

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195104622

Category: Fiction

Page: 189

View: 9341

David Leeming and Jake Page gather some seventy-five of the most potent and meaningful of these tales in an extraordinary rich and readable introduction of this divine figure as she has emerged from prehistory to the present.

Living Myths

How Myth Gives Meaning to Human Experience

Author: J.F. Bierlein

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307434389

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 3966

An intriguing exploration of the enduring significance of the world's great myths--from the dawn of time to the present day As ancient as speech, as essential as law, myths are the stories we tell to find our identity in the cosmos. It is through mythology that we attempt to unravel not only the meaning of our actions and impulses but the significance of human existence itself. Now in Living Myths, classical scholar J. F. Bierlein explores the enduring patterns and messages of myths from every culture. Myths, writes Bierlein, are "the eternal mirror in which we see ourselves." Living Myths delves behind the mirror and brings to light the imperishable and transcendent forces common to the myths of the world. Juxtaposing myths of fathers and sons--the Greek myth of Athamas and Phrixus, the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, the Algonquin tale of Grandfather, Father, and Son--Bierlein uncovers essential lessons about human nature and divine will. In the Indian story of Nala and Damayanti, the Greek legends of Aphrodite, and the haunting Irish tale of Etain, Bierlein examines the transforming mystery of romantic love. Here too are tales of the world's great heroes--the Greek Theseus, the Irish Cuchulainn, and the Mexican Quetzalcoatl--and their common desire to break through the masks of appearances. Steeped in wisdom, brimming with insights into human nature and behavior, Living Myths is a luminous exploration of the meaning of mythology through the ages and today in each of our lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gods, Demigods and Demons

An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology

Author: Bernard Evslin

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453264388

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 236

View: 4407

The essential companion guide for all readers of Greek mythology Do you know the story behind Pandora’s Box, or the difference between Hercules and Heracles? Turn to this alphabetic encyclopedia, with more than 540 entries detailing all the major and minor characters, events, and settings of Greek mythology, from an introduction to the nymph Acantha to a succinct characterization of Zeus, the all-powerful ruler of the gods. This invaluable reference covers all types of heroes, gods, demigods, creatures, demons, and notable mortals, with their classic stories retold in riveting summaries. This comprehensive guide brings Greek mythology to life, and includes a helpful pronunciation key.

The Legends and Myths of Hawaii

The Fables and Folk-lore of a Strange People

Author: David Kalakaua (King of Hawaii)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Folklore

Page: 530

View: 2429

The Mythology Book

Big Ideas Simply Explained

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465477497

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 814

Eighty of the world's greatest myths and characters, from the gods of Greek mythology to the Norse heroes, retold and explained with engaging text and bold graphics. From early creation stories to classical hero narratives and the recurring theme of the afterlife, experience each myth and unravel the meanings behind the stories, getting to the heart of the importance of mythology to different cultures worldwide. More than just stories, myths are a testament to the amazing creativity of humans striving to explain and make sense of the world around them. Here you will discover Zeus, god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods, and Loki, the cunning trickster with a knack for causing havoc, aided by his ability to change shape and gender. Beyond the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse myths, this book delves into the stories of the Australian aborigines, the Cherokee, and the Aztecs, each brimming with amazing characters and insights into human existence. This newest title in the bestselling Big Ideas series pairs engaging visual style with global coverage of world myths--profiling everything from the well-known tales of the Greeks, Norsemen, and Egyptians to the legends of the Caribbean, the Americas, Oceania, and East Asia--bringing the wisdom of the ages to life.

The Friendly Guide to Mythology

A Mortal's Companion to the Fantastical Realm of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Heroes

Author: Nancy Hathaway

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140240870

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 424

View: 3907

A lively reference to mythology combs the world's great civilizations for its most powerful stories of creation, destruction, fertility, love, and divine cunning from Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. Reprint.

Classical Mythology

Author: Mark P. O. Morford,Robert J. Lenardon

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195143386

Category: Religion

Page: 681

View: 7182

Classical Mythology, Sixth Edition, continues to build on its best-selling tradition of focusing on the literary tradition of Greek and Roman mythology through extensive translations of original mythological sources. Its coverage of comparative and interpretative approaches as well as evidence from art and archeology is expanded in this edition. Morford and Lenardon's insightful and accessible discussion of classical myths in their historical and cultural settings, as well as their survival in literature, art, music, and film, remains unparalleled: This comprehensive introduction to classical mythology features new translations, expanded critical coverage, an expanded art program, and a new web site.

Theories of Mythology

Author: Eric Csapo

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631232476

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

View: 3030

Theories of Mythology provides students with both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth, the most elementary form of narrative. Both a history of theories of myth and a practical ‘how-to’ guide to interpreting myth. Introduces the major theories of myth from the nineteenth century to the present day. Covers comparative approaches, psychoanalysis, ritual theories of myth, structuralism, and ideological analysis. Supplies readers with the theoretical tools for imitating each method. Features detailed exemplary readings of familiar myths.

Mythology of the World

Author: Neil Philip

Publisher: Kingfisher Publications

ISBN: 9780753457795

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 8552

Introduces young readers to the history of myths and legends from around the world through a review of the inspirations of the civilizations that created them through detailed text, sidebars, full-color illustrations, photos, and index.

The History of Mythology

Author: Veronica Ions

Publisher: Hamlyn

ISBN: 9781841003122

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 378

More than a simple retelling of some of the world's great myths, The History of Mythology separates out some of the recurring themes of myth-making from different countries and continents, allowing the reader to compare and contrast how different cultures have tackled the same issues. From myths that attempt to explain the seasonal fluctuations of the sun to the cycle of birth and death, this book pulls together well-loved myths of Greece and Rome and puts them alongside those of, for example, the Americas and China.

Myths from Mesopotamia

Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others

Author: Stephanie Dalley

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0199538360

Category: Fiction

Page: 339

View: 7199

The stories translated here all of ancient Mesopotamia, and include not only myths about the Creation and stories of the Flood, but also the longest and greatest literary composition, the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is the story of a heroic quest for fame and immortality, pursued by a man of great strength who loses a unique opportunity through a moment's weakness. So much has been discovered in recent years both by way of new tablets and points of grammar and lexicography that these new translations by Stephanie Dalley supersede all previous versions. -- from back cover.

Sacred Narrative

Readings in the Theory of Myth

Author: Alan Dundes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520051928

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 9565

Alan Dundes defines myth as a sacred narrative that explains how the world and humanity came to be in their present form. This new volume brings together classic statements on the theory of myth by the authors. The twenty-two essays by leading experts on myth represent comparative, functionalist, myth-ritual, Jungian, Freudian, and structuralist approaches to studying the genre.

Eating of the Gods

Author: Jan Kott,Boleslaw Taborski,Edward J. Czerwinski

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810107458

Category: Fiction

Page: 334

View: 8141

In The Eating of the Gods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and "the joy of eating raw flesh" which Kott finds paradigmatic in its violence and bloodshed.