World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and Pacific islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each selection prompt analysis and response.
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I think a number of the other reviews missed the point in this volume. This book offers an amazingly diverse sampling of the world’s mythologies, preceding each myth with an introduction that attempts to provide some cultural context. These are NOT the original myths, as people have noted, but that is done intentionally. Had each of these stories been included in its original form the result would have been a cyclopean tome that likely would have to be broken into numerous volumes. But why do that? There are already countless disparate sources available for one to find the original stories — this book offers more of a “world mythology digest” that tries to hit on the key themes and events of each story it relates, and does a decent enough job doing so.
I got this for my College Mythology Course, cheaper on here than in the bookstore of course. While there are better and more in depth stories elsewhere for Mythology, I really like the collection here as far as Culturally and the Historical references that proceed each story. It’s nice to get some background information about the origins of the stories as well as the summaries of all the names/familia listed in one place for a quick reference at the start of the section. I recommend reading the story prior to the history section that precedes it, however, if you’ve never heard it before, because it will spoil it for you! Just an FYI! But all in all this is a pretty decent book, but there are better, more elaborated mythology books out there. As this one was required for class though it isn’t bad, and I can see why it was chosen as it goes beyond just Greek Mythology and really collects Mythology from all around the World, which is very nice. Recommended!
Product Details :
- Paperback: 722 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 3 edition (February 12, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0844259667
- ISBN-13: 978-0844259666
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.6 inches