Mythology for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764554328

ISBN-13: 9780764554322

Edition: 2002

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Description: This text discusses how mythology intersects our lives, exploring purpose and meaning of existence. It includes the major Greek and Roman myths, also Norse mythology and legend, Arthurian legend, Egyptian mythology and Asian mythology.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Dr. Christopher W. Blackwell is Assistant Professor of Greek, Department of Classics, Furman University. Amy Hackney Blackwell is a freelance author who has an MA in history.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Mythology and the Cradle of Civilization
The Truth About Myths
How to Spot a Myth a Mile Away
Which Came First, the People or the Myths?
Looking at the Different Types of Myths
A Who's Who of Mythological Players
Two American Myths
That's Our Story and We're Sticking to It: The Legacy
Around the Block and Through the Wringer: The Journey of One Myth
Pop Culture
Myths on the Page, on the Wall, and in the Concert Hall
Learn Your Myths, Earn $461,000,000!
It Started Here, Folks: Greek Mythology
Greek Creation Myths and Really Ancient Greek Gods
Here Comes the Sun (and a Whole Mess of Other Stuff): Creation At Last!
Gifts of the Stork: The Offspring of Mother Earth and Father Sky
The Third Generation of Gods: The Olympians
The Creation of People
The Love-Hate Triangle: Prometheus, People, and Zeus
The World People Lived in, Courtesy of the Gods
A Flood and Rebirth Story
Taller, Younger, and Better Looking Than You: The Olympian Gods
Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades: Big Daddy and His Brothers
The Boys in the Band: Studly Young Gods
The Fairest and Meanest of Them All: The Greek Goddesses
Hera, Aphrodite, and Demeter: The Dueling Diva Goddesses
Look but Don't Touch!: The Virgin Goddesses
Goddess Gangs: A Motley Crew
So Fine and Half Divine: Heroes
Perseus, a Real Prince of a Guy
Box Office Gold of the Ancients: Heracles
A Home-Grown Hero: Theseus
Jason the Jerk
The Iliad, the End of the Trojan War, and the Odyssey
Poems of Epic Proportions
Setting the Stage: Events Leading to the Trojan War
The Trojan War, Nine Years Later: The Iliad
The End of the Trojan War
A Hero Makes His Way Home after the Trojan War: Homer's Odyssey
Greek Tragedy: The Days of Their Lives
What's On Today?
Send in the Clowns (Not!): Tragedy 101
Meet the Parents: The House of Cadmus
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: The House of Atreus
The Cultural Spoils of an Empire: Roman Mythology
Will the Real Roman Mythology Please Stand Up?
The Powers That Were: Before the Empire
Home-Grown Gods: The Original Italians
Making Way for Rome with a Very Big "R"
How It All Got So Darn Mixed Up
Down on the Farm: Roman Religion
Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen: Roman Religion
The Greek-Roman Pantheon
Special Roman Gods
A God for Every Taste
Keeping It Real: The Goddesses
Virgil's Aeneid and The Founding of Rome
Why the Romans Needed Another Myth: Down with Carthage!
Emperor Augustus and Virgil's PR Machine: The Aeneid
Romulus and Remus and the Founding of Rome
The Seven Kings of Rome
Don't Go Changin': Ovid's Metamorphoses
Surprising Transformations and Heroic Hunters
Ovid's Lovers
Cupid and Psyche
One Big Family Feud: Northern European Mythology
Snow, Ice, and Not Very Nice: Norse Deities
Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dwarves: Creation of the World
The Good, the Bad, and the Mortal: Norse Deities
A Big Tree House: The World They Lived In
Ragnarok: The End of the World
Dragonslayers: The Big Northern European Sagas
Prime Time Programming: The Saga of the Volsungs
Something for Everyone: Beowulf
A Seat at the Round Table: King Arthur and His Court
Searching for King Arthur
Who's Who in Camelot
A Medieval Daytime Drama--Arthur's Beginning
Sex, Lies, and a Good Jousting
Everybody's Working for the Weekend: Knightly Heroics
The Last Days of King Arthur
Some Sunblock, a Sacrifice, a Monster, and Thou: Non-European Mythology
Floods, Mud, and Gods: Mesopotamian and Hebrew Mythology
Gilgamesh: The Sumerian Creation Story
Enuma Elish: The Babylonian Creation Story
Mesopotamian Gods: Okay, We Fear You ... You Happy?
Hebrew Mythology: A is for Apple, B is for Babel
Common Threads in the Three Creation Myths
Three Cheers for Egypt: Ra, Ra, Ra!
Write Me a Really Big River
Gods and Goddesses of the Sands
Religion in Egyptian Life
Death and the Afterlife
Land of a Thousand Gods: India
The Vedic Invaders
Hinduism: Room for Many Gods
Competing Religions: Buddhism and Jainism
China: Tao ... Wow!
How the World Began and Where Folks Came From
Effortless Effort: The Myths of Taoism
Confucianism: Myths of devotion
Buddhism
Japan: Myths from the Land of the Rising Sun
The Creation of Stuff and Other Ancient Matters
Supernatural Beings: Materializing in a Folk Tale Near You
Japanese Rituals: A Little of Everything
Latin America: It'll Tear Your Heart Out
Footprints of a Lost People: The Old Cultures
Maya
Aztecs
Incas
Coyotes, Thunderbirds, and Bears, Oh My: North American Indian Myths
The Lush Green Forests of the East
Big Sky Country: The Great Plains
Saguaro Cactus Flower in the Southwest
The Wealthy Pacific Northwest
The Part of Tens
Ten Mythological Monsters
Gorgons
Chimera
The Phoenix
Cerberus, the Hound of Hell
Dragons
Unicorn
Griffon
Sphinx
Ten Mythological Places
Elysium, or Elysian Fields
Brigadoon
Xanadu
Shangri-La
Arcadia
Valhalla
Atlantis
The Kingdom of Prester John
Avalon
Index
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