9780205730520

World Myth

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205730520

  • ISBN10:

    0205730523

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/23/2013
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Worldly and scholarly, this well-designed text presents myths from around the world in a lively and easy-to-read manner.  The material has been arranged by geographic and chronologic origin.  It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations, maps, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told.

Author Biography

Barry B. Powell , after graduation from Berkeley and Harvard, taught at Northern Arizona University, then took a job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 34 years. He is a master of many languages, both ancient and modern, and for many years taught Egyptian philology and culture at Wisconsin, in addition to courses in Classics. His book Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet, which advanced the thesis that one man invented the Greek alphabet in order to record the poet Homer, has become a classic and changed the way we think about the origins of Western Culture. He has written many other books, including two novels and a book of poetry. His book Classical Myth, is the best-book on the topic, and is now in its seventh edition. His book Homer is the best-selling study of this author. The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society (second edition, with Ian Morris) is widely used in college classrooms. He is currently preparing a translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he and his wife Patricia enjoy the company of their children and grandchildren.  

Table of Contents

PREFACE

1. THE NATURE OF MYTH

2. MESOPOTAMIAN MYTH

3. EGYPTIAN MYTH

4. THE MYTHS OF CANAAN

5. GREEK MYTH

6. ROMAN MYTH

7. MYTH IN INDIA

8. MYTH IN CHINA AND JAPAN

9. PERSIAN MYTH

10. CELTIC MYTH

11. SCANDINAVIAN MYTH

12. THE MYTHS OF MEXICO

13. OCEANIC MYTH

14. MYTHS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS

15. AFRICAN MYTH

16. THEORIES OF MYTH INTERPRETATION

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