Myths of the World: The Illustrated Treasury of the World's Greatest Stories

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How did humans discover fire? What are the songs of Milarepa? And who was the Pied Piper of Hamelin? These vibrant tales of deities, heroes, villains, monsters, and magical animals have enthralled audiences across the centuries.

Myths of the World gathers some 250 of the greatest stories ever told, all organized by region into 18 cultures and prefaced with a scene-setting introduction that examines the meaning of mythology.

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Overview

How did humans discover fire? What are the songs of Milarepa? And who was the Pied Piper of Hamelin? These vibrant tales of deities, heroes, villains, monsters, and magical animals have enthralled audiences across the centuries.

Myths of the World gathers some 250 of the greatest stories ever told, all organized by region into 18 cultures and prefaced with a scene-setting introduction that examines the meaning of mythology.

Read about:

- The quests of Gawain in the ancient forests of Britain

- The legendary heroics of El Cid in Spain

- How the Native American heroine Spider Woman provided her people with the skills they needed to survive

- How the supernatural ancestors of the Australian aboriginals dreamed the world into existence

- and more

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Perhaps best used as a scholastic introduction, this anthology of 250 world myths opens with a broad survey of mythology's chief themes and recognized academic interpreters. Complemented by beautiful, full-color, indigneous illustrations, entries run one page and retell the myth. Allan (Mythic Bestiary) ranges over 18 cultures but in his introduction neglects to explain the criteria used for choosing stories. In addition, vital contextual details, like whether the story has a textual or oral source, are entirely omitted. A more thoroughgoing alternative remains The Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend (2008).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781844838455
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

After studying History at Oxford, Tony Allan worked for many years with Time-Life Books; he served as series editor of the Time-Life History of the World and as an author and consultant on Myth and Mankind, a 20-volume study of comparative mythology. He is the author of Vikings, Ancient Rome, The Archaeology of the Afterlife, The Symbol Detective, and The Mythic Bestiary, all published by Duncan Baird.

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    great book

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