The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

Author: David Leeming
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195156692
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

The World of Myth

Author: David Adams Leeming
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199316366
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An anthology of myths ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian Islands and modern science.

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization

Author: Simon Hornblower
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198706774
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Illustrated with full-color plates and 140 black-and-white pictures, an encyclopedic, exhaustive, and up-to-date guide contains finely detailed articles and short reference notes on the people, places, and events that shaped ancient Western civilization. UP.

A Dictionary of World Mythology

Author: Arthur Cotterell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019107893X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents all reflect very different civilizations, yet they also demonstrate the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown. Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. * Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania * Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived * Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area `An excellent reference book, as well as a good book for dipping into at leisure.' Greek Review

Encyclopedia of World Mythology

Author: Parragon, Incorporated
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781407534718
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This title features the gods, themes, characters and art in each mythology. Along with illustrations, the text covers aspects of global mythology - religions, beliefs, customs and rituals. Packed with over 400 illustrations, including maps of each region.

Medusa

Author: David Leeming
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780231334
Format: PDF, Docs
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With her repulsive face and head full of living, venomous snakes, Medusa is petrifying—quite literally, since looking directly at her turned people to stone. Ever since Perseus cut off her head and presented it to Athena, she has been a woman of many forms: a dangerous female monster that had to be destroyed, an erotic power that could annihilate men, and, thanks to Freud, a woman whose hair was a nest of terrifying penises that signaled castration. She has been immortalized by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Salvador Dalí and was the emblem of the Jacobins after the French Revolution. Today, she’s viewed by feminists as a noble victim of patriarchy and used by Versace in the designer’s logo for men’s underwear, haute couture, and exotic dinnerware. She even gives her name to a sushi roll on a Disney resort menu. Why does Medusa continue to have this power to transfix us? David Leeming seeks to answer this question in Medusa, a biography of the mythical creature. Searching for the origins of Medusa’s myth in cultures that predate ancient Greece, Leeming explores how and why the mythical figure of the gorgon has become one of the most important and enduring ideas in human history. From an oil painting by Caravaggio to Clash of the Titans and Dungeons and Dragons, he delves into the many depictions of Medusa, ultimately revealing that her story is a cultural dream that continues to change and develop with each new era. Asking what the evolution of the Medusa myth discloses about our culture and ourselves, this book paints an illuminating portrait of a woman who has never ceased to enthrall.

A Companion to Greek Mythology

Author: Ken Dowden
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444396935
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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

World Mythology

Author: Roy G. Willis
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805027013
Format: PDF, Docs
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Looks at the mythology of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China, Tibet, Japan, Greece, Rome, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Australia

The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought

Author: Adrian Hastings
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198600240
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Entries explore the history of Christian thought from Catholic, Prostestant, and Orthodox perspectives, and discuss regional and national traditions, various denominations, theological topics, symbolism, and controversial issues.