Ancient and Epic Tales From Around the World

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-02-07
  • Publisher: August House

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An award-winning collection of ancient tales and adventure.

Heather Forest's artful prose and keen curatorial selection brings an array of ancient tales of adventure, quests, and heroics to life for modern readers. This multicultural anthology presents pivotal episodes from epic tales such as Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the Odyssey, the Ramayana, and more.

The collection illuminates large-scale narratives that were passed on and preserved through the oral tradition long before being captured in written form by early scribes. With the publication of Ancient and Epic Tales, Heather completes her long awaited trilogy of Tales From Around the World including Wonder Tales and Wisdom Tales.

These epic narratives remain relevant today as they provide insights into the complexity of human relationships and the intimate, personal journey of anyone seeking to understand the meaning of life. This collection of timeless stories includes Norse legends, Greek myths, Japanese folktales, Persian stories, Irish Ballads and Chinese lore. Offering a global overview, this anthology of concise retellings also provides endnotes with cultural and historical background to inspire readers' further inquiry into these enduring tales.

Author Biography

Heather Forest is an award-winning author of folktale anthologies and picture books including the best selling, Stone Soup. Heather combines her unique blend of elegance and wit along with a poet's touch to bring classic stories to life from the world's folklore tradition. She is also a popular performer and she has been featured at festivals, theaters and conferences internationally. When Heather originally begins working on a story, like the bards from the oral tradition, she likes to sing the story until the rhythm, tone and words work together in harmony to capture the exact feeling she is looking to create. Heather lives on a working organic farm with her husband just outside of Huntington, New York on Long Island.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Gilgamesh Seeks Immortal Life- from Gilgamesh (Mesopotamia - Sumerian)

Telepinu- (Anatolia - Hittite)

The Bee and the Queen of Sheba- A King Solomon Story (Ancient Israel)

The Theft of Thor's Hammer (Norse Mythology)

The Tragedy of Sigurd and Brynhild- from the Volsunga Saga (Norse - Viking)

Beowulf and the Dragon- from Beowulf (Northern Europe)

The Apple of Discord- Prelude to the Trojan War (Greek Mythology)

The Cyclops- from The Odyssey (Greece)

Penelope's Test- from The Odyssey (Greece)

Daphne and Apollo- from Metamorphoses (Roman)

Savitri and Satyavan- from The Mahabharata (India)

The Capture of Sita- from The Ramayana (India)

The Monkey and the Crocodile- from The Panchatantra (India)

Four Fables- from Aesop (Greece)

Gassire's Lute- from The Dausi (West Africa-Soninke)

The Hero Twins- from The Popol Vuh (Mesoamerica - Mayan)

Amaterasu and Susano (Japanese Mythology)

Mulan (China- Northern Wei)

Finn MacCoul, Oonagh, and the Giant - from the Fenian Cycle (Irish)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight- a Chivalric Romance (England)

The Tale of the Hunchback- from One Thousand and One Nights (Persia)

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