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Mythology for Dummies

Mythology for Dummies - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0764554322

Cover of Mythology for Dummies 02 (ISBN 978-0764554322)
ISBN13: 978-0764554322
ISBN10: 0764554328
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Wiley's Professional/Trade
Published: 2002
International: No

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Mythology for Dummies - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0764554322

Christopher W. Blackwell and Amy Hackney Blackwell

ISBN13: 978-0764554322
ISBN10: 0764554328
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Wiley's Professional/Trade

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Discusses how mythology intersects our lives, exploring purpose and meaning of existence
Includes the major Greek and Roman myths, including gods, heroes, and monstrous creatures, with a concerted focus on the "biggest" mythological stories (The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid)
Explores Norse mythology and legend, Arthurian legend, Egyptian mythology, Asian mythology, Native American mythology

Author Bio

Blackwel, Christopher W. : Furman University

Dr. Christopher W. Blackwell is Assistant Professor of Greek, Department of Classics, Furman University.


Blackwell, Amy Hackney :


Amy Hackney Blackwell is a freelance author who has an MA in history.

Table of Contents

Introduction.


Part I: Mythology and the Cradle of Civilization.
Chapter 1: The Truth About Myths.
Chapter 2: That's Our Story and We're Sticking to It: The Legacy.

Part II: It Started Here, Folks: Greek Mythology.
Chapter 3: Greek Creation Myths and Really Ancient Greek Gods.
Chapter 4: Taller, Younger, and Better Looking Than You: The Olympian Gods.
Chapter 5: The Fairest and Meanest of Them All: The Greek Goddesses.
Chapter 6: So Fine and Half Divine: Heroes.
Chapter 7: The Iliad, the End of the Trojan War, and the Odyssey
Chapter 8: Greek Tragedy: The Days of Their Lives.

Part III: The Cultural Spoils of an Empire: Roman Mythology.
Chapter 9: Will the Real Roman Mythology Please Stand Up?
Chapter 10: Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen: Roman Religion.
Chapter 11: Virgil's Aeneid and The Founding of Rome.
Chapter 12: Don't Go Changin': Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Part IV: One Big Family Feud: Northern European Mythology.
Chapter 13: Snow, Ice, and Not Very Nice: Norse Deities.
Chapter 14: Dragonslayers: The Big Northern European Sagas.
Chapter 15: A Seat at the Round Table: King Arthur and His Court.

Part V: Some Sunblock, a Sacrifice, a Monster, and Thou: Non-European Mythology.
Chapter 16: Floods, Mud, and Gods: Mesopotamian and Hebrew Mythology.
Chapter 17: Three Cheers for Egypt: Ra, Ra, Ra!
Chapter 18: Land of a Thousand Gods: India.
Chapter 19: China: Tao . . . Wow!
Chapter 20: Japan: Myths from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Chapter 21: Latin America: It'll Tear Your Heart Out.
Chapter 22: Coyotes, Thunderbirds, and Bears, Oh My: North American Indian Myths.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 23: Ten Mythological Monsters.
Chapter 24: Ten Mythological Places.

Index.



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