Factfinder Guide Classic Mythology

Factfinder Guide Classic Mythology

by Jo Forty
     
 

Epic, complex, contradictory, and utterly beguiling, myths come from every society throughout the world, and never lose their power to stir the imagination. Deeply ingrained in our culture, and forever exploring the mysteries of life and death, love and hatred, they are the backbone of writing, painting, even modern cinema. Illustrated with a wealth of artwork and… See more details below

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Epic, complex, contradictory, and utterly beguiling, myths come from every society throughout the world, and never lose their power to stir the imagination. Deeply ingrained in our culture, and forever exploring the mysteries of life and death, love and hatred, they are the backbone of writing, painting, even modern cinema. Illustrated with a wealth of artwork and photography of archeological treasures—masks from the Iroquois, a Spartan theater, depictions of Celtic deities—this visual encyclopedia introduces you to hundreds of timeless characters and transports you into the magical legends of the classical Mediterranean countries, as well as those from Scandinavia, India, China, the Americas, and others. In addition to surveying mythology's symbolic depths, and giving an overview of the diversity and similarities of these tales, individual geographical sections cover the major world cultures and detail alphabetically their gods and goddesses; heroes and heroines; monsters and villains; achievements and adventures, and trials and travels. 512 Color Pages

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Forty (Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs) organizes this survey of mythology by region: Egypt and the Ancient Middle East; India and Sri Lanka; China, Japan, and Southeast Asia; Europe; the Americas; Africa; and Oceania. Each section opens with a brief survey of the culture as a backdrop to that region's mythology and continues with a longer "A-Z Codex" of the gods, goddesses, heroes, and tales significant to each mythology. While these sections offer substantial information, they assume some knowledge on the part of the reader. The encyclopedia is not, therefore, sufficiently in-depth to serve as a sole reference source for mythology. As the title implies, its strength lies in its visual impact; every other page is a stunning, full-size photograph of a related site or artifact. Highly recommended as a counterpart to other sources, many of which rely primarily on text. Katherine Kaigler-Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571452078
Publisher:
Advanced Global Distribution
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Factfinder Guides
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.67(d)

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