The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

  • Author: David Leeming
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0195156692
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 469
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Consists of nearly two thousand entries covering all aspects of mythology, including Greek, Roman, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, and Egyptian.

Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual

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Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual

Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual

  • Author: Walter Burkert
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520047709
  • Category: History
  • Page: 226
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Discusses the concept of myth, looks at the traditions of Greek ritual, and considers specific Greek myths

Handbook of Classical Mythology

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Handbook of Classical Mythology

Handbook of Classical Mythology

  • Author: William F. Hansen
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1576072266
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 394
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Presents classic stories of the Greeks and Romans, along with geographical and historical background information.

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore

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The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore

  • Author: Patricia Monaghan
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 1438110375
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 529
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Presents an illustrated A to Z reference containing over 1,000 entries providing information on Celtic myths, fables and legends from Ireland, Scotland, Celtic Britain, Wales, Brittany, central France, and Galicia.

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Helen Morales
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0192804766
  • Category: History
  • Page: 144
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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths in both high art and popular culture.

Greek Mythology

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Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology

An Introduction

  • Author: Fritz Graf
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 9780801853951
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
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Allegorists in ancient Greece attempted to find philosophical and physical truths in myth. Plato, who resolutely excluded myths from the sphere of truth, thought that they could express ideas in a realm he could not reach with dialectical reasoning. Freud built a science around the myth of Oedipus, saying that myths were "distorted wish dreams of entire nations, the dreams of early mankind." No body of myth has served more purposes - or been subject to more analysis - than Greek mythology. This is a revised translation of Fritz Graf's highly acclaimed introduction to Greek mythology, Griechische Mythologie: Eine Einfuhrung, originally published in 1985 by Artemis Verlag. Graf offers a chronological account of the principal Greek myths that appear in the surviving literary and artistic sources, and concurrently documents the history of interpretation of Greek mythology from the seventeenth century to the present. First surveying the various definitions of myth that have been advanced, Graf proceeds to look at the relationship between Greek myths and epic poetry; the absence of an "origin of man" myth in Creek mythology; and connection between particular myths and shrines or holy festivals; the harmony in Greek literature between myth and history; the use of myth in Greek song and tragedy; and the uses and interpretations of myth by philosophers and allegorists.

A Companion to Greek Mythology

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A Companion to Greek Mythology

A Companion to Greek Mythology

  • Author: Ken Dowden,Niall Livingstone
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781444396935
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 672
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A Companion to Greek Mythology presents a series of essays that explore the phenomenon of Greek myth from its origins in shared Indo-European story patterns and the Greeks’ contacts with their Eastern Mediterranean neighbours through its development as a shared language and thought-system for the Greco-Roman world. Features essays from a prestigious international team of literary experts Includes coverage of Greek myth’s intersection with history, philosophy and religion Introduces readers to topics in mythology that are often inaccessible to non-specialists Addresses the Hellenistic and Roman periods as well as Archaic and Classical Greece

Greek Mythology

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Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology

A Concise Guide to Ancient Gods, Heroes, Beliefs and Myths of Greek Mythology

  • Author: Hourly History
  • Publisher: Hourly History
  • ISBN: 1535100109
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 52
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Greek Mythology is an enormous field of study and a brief guide is a daunting task for any writer. The myths have a way of entwining one with another, and it is difficult to present a coherent story line without feeling one has omitted the best part of the story. Inside you will read about… - What Is A Myth? - The Sources Of Greek Mythology - The Creation Of The Universe And The Gods - What Of Man? What Of Woman? - The Greek Pantheon - The Trojan War - The Influence Of Greek Drama - Two Greek Mortal Heroes In Mythological Tales This guide succeeds in presenting an overall sketch of the creation of the world and the battles that follow, resulting in Zeus taking his place as the supreme god and ruling the earth from Mount Olympus. It covers the creation of man, it seems, as a bit of an afterthought for the amusement of the Olympians and some of the most famous stories that have come down to us via the writings of the great dramatists of the Classical Age. There are concise biographies of the twelve gods that make up the Olympians as well as of the heroes of the Trojan War.

Egyptian Mythology

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Egyptian Mythology

Egyptian Mythology

A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

  • Author: Geraldine Pinch
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0195170245
  • Category: History
  • Page: 257
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From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth. Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture--from 3200 BC to AD 400--Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system. She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic to the postpharaonic period. She explains how Egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, or the "inundation," a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, and how aspects of the inundation were personified as deities. She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and planets. Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies. She provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage, such as the reign of the sun God. A substantial A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters. For anyone who wants to know about Anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, or Hathor, the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, the primeval ocean from which all life came, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.

Dictionary of Classical Mythology

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Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Dictionary of Classical Mythology

  • Author: Jennifer R. March
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • ISBN: 1782976353
  • Category: History
  • Page: 432
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Jenny March’s acclaimed Dictionary of Classical Mythology, first published in 1998 but long out of print, has been extensively revised and expanded including a completely new set of beautiful line-drawing illustrations for this Oxbow edition. It is a comprehensive A – Z guide to Greek and Roman mythology. All major myths, legends and fables are here, including gods and goddesses, heroes and villains, dangerous women, legendary creatures and monsters. Characters such as Achilles and Odysseus have extensive entries, as do epic journeys and heroic quests, like that of Jason and the Argonauts to win the Golden Fleece, all alongside a plethora of information on the creation of the cosmos, the many metamorphoses of gods and humans, and the Trojan War, plus more minor figures – nymphs, seers, kings, rivers, to name but a few. In this superbly authoritative work the myths are brilliantly retold, along with any major variants, and with extensive translations from ancient authors that give life to the narratives and a sense of the vibrant cultures that shaped the development of classical myth. The 172 illustrations give visual immediacy to the words, by showing how ancient artists perceived their gods and heroes. The impact of myths on ancient art is also explored, as is and their influence in the postclassical arts, emphasising the ongoing inspiration afforded by the ancient myths. Also included are two maps of the ancient world, a list of the ancient sources and their chronology, the more important genealogies, and an index of recurrent mythical motifs.