Myths and Legends: Viking, Oriental, Greek Hardcover – 1 Sep 1997
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Part two introduces the legends of Ancient Greece,which continue to enthral successive generations. Though originally handeddown through story and song, and later by the classical poets anddramatists, these myths have been condensed, simplified and modernised,proving their archetypal and unchanging significance. Among the many mythsrelated are the epic and enduring tales of the labours of Heracles,Theseus the hero of Athens and Perseus and the Gorgons.
Part threedeals with the fascinating mythology of China, India and Japan, not onlytelling some of the wonderful stories themselves – most of them probablynew to the Western reader – but also relating them to their sources andexplaining their religious, social and moral significance.
Overall thisis a fascinating insight into the exciting stories and tales through thecourse of this mythology written in a compelling and readable style. Itis also beautifully illustrated with original paintings and artefacts fromthe ancient societies. As both an informative and magical guide to thewonders of the three mythologies, it is an invaluable reference book withan easy-to-use index. This would make an interesting companion guide forfollowers of the fictional fantasy world of Tolkien’s ‘Lord of TheRings’.
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