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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (2 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554322
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
'Mythology for Dummies' is part of the widely-read 'Dummies' series, and lives up to most of the expectations one might have of a volume in that series. It has the requisite cartoons, the various side-bar items throughout the text, and the the top-ten lists at the end - in this case, the Top Ten Places (which includes Vahalla, Elysium, Atlantis, even Brigadoon) and the Top Ten Monsters (Gorgons, Unicorns, the Sphinx, dragons, etc.).
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.
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By Mr BD TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2012
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For many years I have had an interesting in mythology, but a lot of the books I have come across are just too 'dry' and boring to read through. Once my concentration goes I just can't keep a track of the names and stories.
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.
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An amusing book that I found to be informative. Helped fill in the many gaps in my knowledge as I never studied this in my School in Scotland, unlike my wife who appeared to study this in English AND History!
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Bought for a general introduction and overview to the subject of mythology and it is certainly excellent for that! Would be a bit pointless if you already have basic knowledge of mythology, but I would guess that probably isn't the case if you're looking at a book that has "for dummies" in the title! So as a basic introduction it's great and very comprehensive, covering a variety of mythologies from all over the world.
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I liked mythology so decided to read some books on it, I brought this and read it, it's has a lot of the main stories and covers pretty much all myths, after reading this you'll probably want to buy more books on your favourite myth, I recommend this book
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I give this book 5 stars because it is a very interesting read and gives you everything you need to know on a basic scale. It is a good starting block on the subject of Mythology. I would recommend this product. Thank you.
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The authors tell you everything they know about Greek mythology and Roman mythology, etc... but I bought it with more of a view to learning about mythological creatures, which does crop up in the back of the book for a couple of pages. It didn't contain as much detail on this topic as it did on the Gods and mythological people, but it does go into a lot of detail on most other topics, so I think it's a good read if you want to get the specifics on mythological stories and not so much the creatures.
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I knew bits and pieces about mythology before reading this, and while i'm still no expert, facts about who, where, and why are now much more clear. I enjoyed how this was written in a simple yet not patronising, often comedic style and would recommend to anyone wanting to know the basics on this fascinating subject.
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