World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics / Edition 3

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World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and Pacific islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each selection prompt analysis and response.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780844259666
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 722
  • Sales rank: 53,282
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Table of Contents



The Middle East


The Enuma elish


Osiris, Iris, and Horus






Esfandyar, the Prince Who Would Be King

Greece and Rome


The Creation of the Titans and the Gods

The Ages of Man

Demeter and Persephone

The Labors and Death of Heracles

The Iliad

Jason and the Golden Fleece



Pyramus and Thisbe

The Aeneid

The Far East and the Pacific Islands


The Creation, Death, and Rebirth of the Universe

The Ramayana


The Creation of the Universe and Human Beings

Chi Li Slays the Serpent



Kotan Utunnai (Ainu)

New Zealand

The Creation Cycle (Polynesia/Maori)


The Taming of the Sun (Polynesia/Hawaii)

The British Isles


The Ages of the World

Dagda the Good




King Arthur

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 o the Universe and Ife (Yoruba)


The Origin of Life and Fire (Boshongo/Bakuba)


The Quarrel Between Sagbata and Sogbo (Fon)


Gassire's Lute (Soninke)


Bakaridjan Kone (Segu)

The Americas


The Creation (Tiahuanaco/Aymara)


The Children of the Sun (Inca)


Wanadi the Creator (Yekuhana)


The Creation (Maya)


The Creation Cycle (Toltec/Aztec)

Quetzalcoatl (Toltec/Aztec)

United States

The Emergence (Navajo)

Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away (Crow)

United States/Canada

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (Iroquois/Huron)

Raven and the Sources of Light (Haida/Tsimshian/Tlingit)

Sedna (Inuit)


Caught by a Hair-String (Micmac)


Selected Bibliography

Index of Characters with Pronunciation Guide
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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    This book is a great collection of myths and legends from ancient cultures. Some of them we all learned in grade school, but others are new and refreshing. They are a great way to examine life as we knew/know it or just to read and escape to a far away place for a while. From Babylonian to Greek to Egyptian, this book has them all and it is highly recommended for any kind of reader.

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