Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds

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An exploration of myths from around the world with an authoritative text and an inspired selection of images
In every culture of the world myths help explain our origins, the world’s creation, gods and monsters, demons, the afterlife, and the underworld. This compelling account gathers together themes and stories from every part of the globe to show how myths share many common patterns, and how through them the human imagination is expressed in all its diversity. A treasury of ...

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Overview

An exploration of myths from around the world with an authoritative text and an inspired selection of images
In every culture of the world myths help explain our origins, the world’s creation, gods and monsters, demons, the afterlife, and the underworld. This compelling account gathers together themes and stories from every part of the globe to show how myths share many common patterns, and how through them the human imagination is expressed in all its diversity. A treasury of images drawn from all cultures—both iconic and littleknown— helps explain what is important about these myths, their symbols, and the stories they tell. A directory at the end of the book summarizes the principal types of myth from around the world (Native American, Judeo- Christian, Greek, Nordic, Aboriginal, and so forth) and includes family trees that show exactly how various supernatural beings are related.

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Dell (Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre; What Makes a Masterpiece) groups his entries under headings such as "Gifts from the Gods," "Symbolic Substances," and "Quests, Journeys, and Epics." Entries are quite short and heavily illustrated; the piece on Heracles, for example, offers half a page of text and five-and-a-half pages of illustrations. The work provides 410 illustrations in total, 356 of them in color. The included index is necessary for finding a desired topic. This is not a detailed reference work, and the most attractive feature of the volume is, in fact, its exquisite color illustrations. Certainly a multitude of more in-depth mythology volumes exist, and while this volume is fine as an extra, entry-level circulating resource that will also be helpful for students looking for artistic representations of myth, the ARTstor database is superior in that regard. VERDICT Gorgeous but unnecessary to all but large art collections.—Lura Sanborn, St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500516157
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 953,566
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Dell holds a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written and edited several books on art and visual culture, including Freemasonry, What Makes a Masterpiece,​ and Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre.

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