Download E-books A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths (Brief Histories) PDF

The booklet leads the reader via those bright tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. the entire general narratives are the following, in addition to a few much less normal characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the ebook explains key concerns bobbing up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance. This long-overdue ebook crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly features of Greek mythology in basic terms frequently to be had in disparate varieties - particularly kid's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's attention-grabbing, brilliant, and weird in addition to frequent. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and critical quantity.

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Download E-books The Folklore of Birds (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 39) PDF

By Edward A. Armstrong

Tracing the magico-religious ideals surrounding birds as a ways again in time as is feasible, to the cultures during which those ideals arose. This version is unique to

Edward A Armstrong is already recognized to readers of the hot Naturalist because the writer of the impressive research at the wren. His extensive scholarship and skills have equipped him outstandingly for this publication, that may basically were written via a guy along with his deep knowing, not just of ornithology, yet of social anthropology, psychology and comparative religion.

Mr Amstrong has chosen a couple of conventional birds - similar to the swan, the raven, the owl, the robin and the wren - and has traced magico-religious ideals touching on them way back to attainable to the cultures within which those ideals arose. With the scientist's eye and strategies of study he has tested the improvement of delusion and formality with originality and ingenuity.

Many peculiar and engaging evidence are brought up, and factors are given, for instance of the customs of breaking the wish-bone, and of fables relating weather-prophet birds and the new release of the Barnacle Goose from shell-fish.

This booklet is the 1st remedy of a bunch of folklore ideals as a sequence of artefacts are taken care of via an archaeologist, classifying them so as in accordance with epochs. Archaeological info, in addition to oral and literary traditions, were used to demonstrate the origins and importance of the present folklore.

The illustrations are of remarkable caliber and encompass over one hundred forty rigorously selected pictures and line drawings from all over the world assets.

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Download E-books The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends PDF

By Garry J. Shaw

An authoritative consultant to the Egyptian myths that sheds new mild on an historical method of knowing the world

This survey of Egyptian mythology explores how the traditional Nile-dwellers defined the area round them. It delves into the construction and evolution of the realm and the reigns of the gods on the earth, sooner than introducing us to the manifestations of Egypt’s deities within the typical atmosphere; the creative ways that the Egyptians handled the invisible forces throughout them; and their ideals approximately lifestyles after death.

Through his attractive narrative, Garry Shaw publications us in the course of the mythic adventures of such recognized deities as Osiris, the god murdered via his jealous brother Seth; the mystical and infrequently devious Isis, who plotted to achieve the ability of the solar god Re; and Horus, who defeated his uncle Seth to turn into king of Egypt. He additionally introduces us to lesser identified myths, resembling the rebellions opposed to Re; Geb’s quest for Re’s magical wig; and the flaying of the unlucky god Nemty. From stars and heavenly our bodies crusing on boats, to the wind as manifestation of the god Shu, to gods, goddesses, ghosts, and demons―beings that may be competitive, worthwhile, clever, or dangerous―Shaw is going directly to clarify how the Egyptians encountered the mythological of their daily lives.

a hundred+ illustrations

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Download E-books Four Tragedies and Octavia (Penguin Classics) PDF

According to the legends utilized in Greek drama, Seneca's performs are outstanding for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous occasions are foretold after which pursued to their tragic and infrequently bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the risk of an ancestral curse placing over feuding brothers, whereas Phaedra portrays a girl plagued by deadly ardour for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache look forward to their fates by the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal apartment of Thebes. Octavia is a grim remark on Nero's tyrannical rule and the execution of his spouse, with Seneca himself showing as an useless counsellor trying to diminish the atrocities of the emperor.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better through introductions and notes by way of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Hebrew Myths: The Book Of Genesis PDF

By Robert Graves

This exhaustive exploration of the Hebrew myths and the publication of Genesis resulted from a outstanding collaboration among one student raised as a strict Protestant and one raised as a strict Jew. It is going past Christian biblical and Judaic fable and contains midrashes, folks stories, apocryphal texts, and different imprecise assets to increase and whole the tales. An interesting view of the suppressed and censored pre-biblical money owed is the end result, in addition to a wealthy feel of a tradition along with oral and literary traditions, the place the non secular is deeply rooted in panorama and history.

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Download E-books Chinese Mythology A to Z PDF

By Jeremy Roberts

For greater than 3,000 years, from the traditional Xia dynasty to latest People's Republic of China, China has sustained the most complicated and culturally effective civilizations on the earth. well known for the nice Wall of China, porcelain ceramics, a posh writing procedure, and philosophles resembling Confucianism and Taoism, China is additionally the resource of a powerful culture of fantasy and folklore. Many deities, tales, areas, and ideas populate chinese language mythology, and chinese language Mythology A to Z deals a readable advent to those and different comparable issues. masking every little thing from the Blue Dragon, bridge gods, and Buddha to carp, Chang Hsien, and Confucius, chinese language Mythology A to Z presents infrequent perception into the myths of the chinese language peoples, in a structure that's effortless to exploit and pleasant to learn. Containing countless numbers of entries and illustrated all through, the booklet brings chinese language myths to lifestyles, giving readers a glimpse of a tradition which may be a ways diverse from the one who they're accustomed to at domestic.

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Download E-books Chimera PDF

By John Barth

In CHIMERAJohn Barth injects his signature wit into the stories of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a ebook that the Washington put up known as “stylishly maned, tragically songful, and serpentinely elegant,” Barth retells those stories from various views, reading the myths’ dating to truth and their resonance with the modern international. A winner of the nationwide publication Award, this feisty, witty, occasionally bawdy e-book provoked Playboy to remark, “There’s each likelihood on the earth that John Barth is a genius.”

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