The Encyclopedia of World Mythology

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Anness Publishing, 2004 - 512 pages
In this volume all the ancient mythologies are brought to life. Over 1000 colour images make this book a guide to the fabulous myths and legends of the Western world, and to the powerful pantheon of gods and goddesses of the East. In the first three sections Arthur Cotterell describes the central mythical figures of Ancient Greece and Rome, the Cletic heroes and the Nordic gods. He retells the ancient legends in an accessible style that allows the myth to stand first and foremost as a spell-binding tale, as well as an intriguing account of a historic age. Pictorial features focus on important and recurring themes, such as oracles and prophecies, voyages and quests, heroes, giants, spells and others. In the second half of the book Rachel Storm covers the three great mythologies of the ancient Eastern world, Egypt and West Asia; India and Central Asia; and China and East Asia. Special features here include black magic, demons, yin and yang, the mother goddess, dragons and shamans.

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This is an old book (1970s) I inherited from my father. It's rather intense so I only refer to it when one of my 'newer' books can't answer one of my questions. My favourite sections would be the one ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Arthur Cotterell is Principal of Kingston Upon Thames College of Further Education. He is the author of several books on the ancient civilizations of East Asia, including China: A Concise Cultural History and The Minoan World. He is also the editor of The Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations and
most recently The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends.

Rachel Storm is a journalist and author specializing in religion and spirituality. Her publications include In Search of Heaven and Earth (Bloomsbury), The Sacred Sea (Conway Maritime) and The Exorcists: The Terrifying Truth (Zondervan). She has also edited and written introductions to several books on mythology.

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