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Posted December 3, 2002
Fascinating Look at Mythology
One thing that struck me the most reading through this book is how the author describes not only the various deities of different cultures, but also the societies that "developed" them. Another thing was the similarites between cultures about certain myths, such as creation. It seems the tone of the stories and the various deities depended on the cultures themselves. Some cultures, like Greece and Rome and Egypt told stories that tended to be on the "lighter" side, whereas the Northern European countires had myths that told of "epic battles." I also enjoyed reading about and remembering the ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies I remember studying as a junior high school student long ago. The book explains the deities of numerous cultures including Greek, Roman, Norse, Chinese, Indian, North and South America. In some cases, a culture had so many different deities, it's impossible to name them all, but still the author does a wonderful job in explaining the major ones. Anyone wanting to take a quick "look back" at myths they studied in school or those with an interest in learning more about world mythology will enjoy this book.
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Posted July 3, 2004
Don't know a lot of mythology? Just want to buff up on it? This is your book then!
This book is the ONLY mythology for anyone, not just dummies. it gives excellent refrences, describes each god giving their roman/greek name as well. A WONDERFUL READ!
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Posted February 2, 2013
little to offer
For anyone who has read any mythology at all, this book is so general that it has little to offer. Don't bother if you're looking for anything specific. However, if you're looking for a very generalized overview of mythologies from around the world, then this is your book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2012
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