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This volume offers 59 of the world's great myths--including selections from The Iliad and the Odyssey, Beowulf, King Arthur and Quetzalcoatl. Each myth is accompanied by an introduction that offers historical background and suggests avenues for literary analysis.

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This volume offers 59 of the world's great myths--including selections from The Iliad and the Odyssey, Beowulf, King Arthur and Quetzalcoatl. Each myth is accompanied by an introduction that offers historical background and suggests avenues for literary analysis.

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Retells the major myths from cultures around the world, based on scholarly English translations though shortening where necessary (no mention of Procrustes here). The arrangement is geographical, with sections on the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and Pacific Islands, the British Isles, northern Europe, Africa, and the native Americas. The anthology is supported by discussion questions, a pronunciation guide, historical notes with citations of modern editions, and an index of characters. No dates are noted for the earlier volumes; seven stories are added to the third. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844257679
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/11/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 397,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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Table of Contents


The Middle East

The Enuma elish - Babylonia
Osiris, Isis, and Horus - Egypt
Telepinu - Hittite
Gilgamesh - Sumer/Babylonia
Esfandyar, the Prince Who Would be King - Persia

Greece and Rome

The Creation of the Titans and the Gods - Greece
The Ages of Man - Greece
Demeter and Persephone - Greece
The Labors and Death of Heracles - Greece
The Iliad - Greece
Jason and the Golden Fleece - Greece
Medea - Greece
Pyramus and Thisbe - Rome
The Aeneid — Rome

The Far East and the Pacific Islands

The Creation, Death, and Rebirth of the Universe -India
The Ramayana - India
The Creation of the Universe and Human Beings - China
Chi Li Slays the Serpent - China
Amaterasu - Japan
Kotan Utannai - Japan
The Creation Cycle - Polynesia/Maori
The Taming of the Sun - Polynesia/Maori

The British Isles

The Ages of the World - Ireland/Scotland
Dagda the Good - Ireland/Scotland
Beowulf - England/Scandinavia
King Arthur - England/France

Northern Europe

The Creation, Death, and Rebirth of the Universe
The Death of Balder
The Theft of Thor’s Hammer
Sigurd the Volsung


The Creation of the Universe and Ife - Nigeria, Yoruba
The Origin of Life and Fire - Zaire, Boshongo/Bakuba
The Quarrel Between Sagbata and Sogbo - Benin, Fon
Gassire’s Lute - Ghana, Soninke
Bakaridjan Kone - Mali, Segu

The Americas

The Creation - Bolivia, Tiahuanaco/Aymara
The Children of the Sun - Peru, Inca
Wanadi the Creator - Venezuela, Yekuhana
The Creation - Guatemala, Maya
The Creation Cycle - Mexico, Toltec/Aztec
Quezalcoatl - Mexico, Toltec/Aztec
The Emergence - United States, Navajo
Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away - United States, Crow
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky - United States/Canada, Iroquois/Huron
Raven and the Sources of Light - United States/Canada, Haida/Tsimshian/Tlingit
Sedna -U nited States/Canada, Inuit
Caught by a Hair-String - Canada, Micmac

Index of Characters with Pronounciation Guide
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

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    I first came across this book in my senior english mythology class. It became our textbook and core reference to almost all the material we covered that year. The author gives you a wide variety of cultures to learn from and the selected myths are outstanding. It gives you a sense of how the world believed. You can read about multiple cultures creation stories, ends of the world, and most eerily of all...almost every culture has a flood story. This is not formatted for a high school class, so don't think the writing is dull or bland. Enjoy learning about a variety of ancient cultures from as far East as China and as far North as the Norsemen. You wont be disappointed.

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