Don't Know Much about Mythology Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned

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ISBN-13: 9780060932572
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

What is an Egyptian pyramid doing on the U. S. dollar bill? Did a pharaoh inspire Moses to worship one God? What's a Canaanite demoness doing at a rock concert? Since the beginning of time, people have been insatiably curious. They've asked questions about where we come from, why the stars shine and the seasons change, and what constitutes evil. The imaginative answers crafted by our ancestors have served as religion, science, philosophy, and popular literature. In this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About series, Kenneth C. Davis introduces and explains the great myths of the world using his engaging and delightfully irreverent question-and-answer style. He tackles the epic of Gilgamesh; Achilles and the Trojan War; Stonehenge and the Druids; Odin, Thor, and the entire Norse pantheon; Native American myths, and much more, including the dramatic life and times of the man who would be Buddha. From Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, here is an insightful, lively look at the greatest stories ever told.

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian, best known for his Don't Know Much About... series. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Davis attended Concordia College, Bronxville in New York, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City. Davis's second book, Don't Know Much About History, spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly 1.5 million copies. This unexpected success launched the Don't Know Much About... series.

Introduction
All Men Have Need of the Gods
Gift of the Nile: The Myths of Egypt
By the Rivers of Babylon: The Myths of Mesopotamia
The Greek Miracle: The Myths of Greece and Rome
An Age of Axes, an Age of Swords: The Myths of the Celts and Norse
Bridge to the East
The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Myths of India
Everywhere Under Heaven: The Myths of China and Japan
Ancient People, New Worlds
Out of Africa: The Myths of Sub-Saharan Africa
Sacred Hoops: The Myths of the Americas and Pacific Islands
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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