Mythology for Dummies Paperback – 2 Jul 2002
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From the Back Cover
Features charts comparing gods and goddesses for easy reference
Get to know musclebound mortals, mighty monsters, and divine deities in no time at all!
From the Iliad to the Aeneid, from Camelot to Valhalla, this highly readable book demystifies mythologies from all over the globe. Beginning with the ancient Greeks and Romans, this book explores the lesser–known stories of northern Europe, the Middle East, Egypt, India, China, Japan, and the Americas.
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About the Author
Dr. Christopher W. Blackwell is Assistant Professor of Greek, Department of Classics, Furman University. Amy Hackney Blackwell is a freelance author who has an MA in history.
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This is a volume of mythology is not just classical Greek and Roman mythology (that which most people think of when they think of mythology). It does include these in good measure, but also goes further afield to include an overview of the main characters, stories and ideas of mythological constructs in cultures all over the world. These include some that are familiar and related to the Greco-Roman traditions - Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, Celtic and Nordic mythologies. There are also those that are quite removed from this collection of pantheons - the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Native American traditions of mythology are also included here.
The first section gives a brief overview of what mythology is and isn't. It doesn't go too deeply into the debate over religion (after all, one person's mythology might be another person's religion). It does give some insight into the purpose of such stories for the cultures that maintained them, and how we have come to regard such tales in more modern times. Mythology is not just about gods, goddesses and monsters, after all. Often there is a very strong human component in the myths, which can serve for ethical and moral instruction as well as inspiration. These are written in the witty style typical of the series - 'How to spot a myth a mile away' is one section title.Read more ›
This book is very well written and is certainly ideal for myself. It has an easy-going style, with brief passages that can be read in short bursts keep my interest and enthusiasm. However it does not skimp on the detail.
At the beginning it explains why so many myths cross each other or have contradictions galore within them - and why nobody cared!
It covers Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Northern European and Non-European.
With only two contributors it means that it has a more coherent approach than some of the 'Dummies' books and is an example of how to make an involved subject captivating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for the uninitiated. Intelligent and witty. Typical dummies book.Published 11 months ago by Isabella Delaney
Arrived very promptly. Pitched at exactly the right level to teach primary school children in a fun way about Greek Mythology.Published on 4 Nov. 2013 by shirley smith
As a bit of a mythology novice, this book is perfect. It explains things very simply and from the very beginning. The only downside was the lack of pictures.Published on 24 Sept. 2013 by Katieevictoria
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