By Manfred Lurker
This dictionary covers, in a single quantity, over 1,800 of crucial deities and demons from worldwide. From classical Greek and Roman mythology to the gods of jap Europe and Mesopotamia, from Nordic giants to Islamic jinns and Egyptian monsters, it truly is choked with descriptions of the figures such a lot worshipped and feared worldwide and throughout time. absolutely cross-referenced and that includes convenient courses to the capabilities and attributes shared via these featured, this dictionary is the fundamental source for someone attracted to comparative faith and the mythology of the traditional and modern worlds.
By Anatolīĭ (Bishop of Tomsk)
By Sam Gill, Irene F. Sullivan
It is like what it says at the name. A dictionary. it is not what I name a definitive resource, yet it is okay.
By Nigel Bryant
The Grail legends were appropriated via novelists as various as Umberto Eco and Dan Brown but only a few have learn for themselves the unique tales from which they got here. the entire secret and drama of the Arthurian international are embodied within the notable stories of Perceval, Gawain, Lancelot and Galahad in pursuit of the Holy Grail. the unique romances, choked with bewildering contradictions and composed through a couple of various writers, dazzle with the sheer wealth in their conflicting mind's eye. In Nigel Bryant's arms, this captivating fabric turns into actually available. He has built a unmarried, constant model of the Grail tale in sleek English which reasserts its relevance as one of many nice and enduring works of literature.
By Marcel Detienne
Wealthy with implications for the background of sexuality, gender concerns, and styles of Hellenic literary imagining, Marcel Detienne's landmark publication recasts long-standing principles concerning the fertility delusion of Adonis. the writer demanding situations Sir James Frazer's thesis that the crops god Adonis-- whose untimely loss of life was once mourned through girls and whose resurrection marked a joyous occasion--represented the once a year cycle of progress and rot in agriculture. utilizing the analytic instruments of structuralism, Detienne indicates in its place that the fairs of Adonis depict a seductive yet impotent and fruitless deity--whose actual ineptitude resulted in his demise in a boar hunt, and then his physique was once present in a lettuce patch. Contrasting the fairs of Adonis with the solemn ones devoted to Demeter, the goddess of grain, he unearths the previous as a parody and negation of the establishment of marriage.Detienne considers the short-lived gardens that Athenian ladies planted in mockery for Adonis's pageant, and explores the functionality of such vegetal topic as spices, mint, myrrh, cereal, and rainy crops in non secular perform and in a big variety of myths. His inquiry exposes, between many stuff, attitudes towards sexual actions starting from "perverse" acts to marital kinfolk.
By Qiguang Zhao
Few symbols saturate human civilization so extensively and carefully as these of the ever-present and enigmatic dragon. This compelling ebook examines, compares, and analyzes the looks and symbolization of the jap and Western dragons and treats them because the crystallization of human cultures. It exhibits that chinese language dragons resemble each other yet recommend various rules in numerous contexts, whereas Western dragons have various appearances yet frequently denote a unmarried proposal. As some of the most impressive achievements of dragonology, this ebook deals remarkable new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», mental archetypes, and ideological symbols.
By Hesiod, Glenn W. Most
Hesiod describes himself as a Boeotian shepherd who heard the Muses name upon him to sing in regards to the gods. His distinctive dates are unknown, yet he has frequently been thought of a more youthful modern of Homer. This quantity of the recent Loeb Classical Library variation bargains a normal advent, a fluid translation dealing with a more robust Greek textual content of Hesiod's extant poems, and a beneficiant collection of testimonia from a large choice of historical resources concerning Hesiod's existence, works, and reception. In Theogony Hesiod charts the background of the divine global, narrating the starting place of the universe and the increase of the gods, from first beginnings to the triumph of Zeus, and reporting at the progeny of Zeus and of goddesses in union with mortal males. In Works and Days Hesiod shifts his awareness to the area of guys, offering ethical precepts and functional suggestion relating to agriculture, navigation, and plenty of different concerns; alongside the best way he provides us the myths of Pandora and of the Golden, Silver, and different Races of guys. (20070320)
By Michael Ford
"Heroes, Gods and Monsters in old Greek Mythology" is a suite of vintage archetypal historic Greek myths, together with the tales of Jason, Perseus, Odysseus, Heracles, Oedipus and Theseus. those tales, that have had a superb effect on thinkers through the centuries, tell pop culture even this present day. right here they're informed as though through a fireplace storyteller, detailing the bad perils those heroes confronted. An historic creation explains who the traditional Greeks have been, describing their ideals and customs. Footnotes during the ebook outline and clarify tough phrases and ideas. there's a designated index, with pronunciations of inauspicious names and areas. The textual content is enlivened with black-and-white illustrations, and a map of historic Greece.
By Rodger Moffet, Amanda Moffet, Visit Amazon's Donald Cuthill Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Donald Cuthill, , Tom Moss
From cannibals to cannonballs, alien craft and gray women. Saints, sinners and monsters abound from each nook of Scotland!
This anthology of news has been accrued from round Scotland. tales of the supernatural, romantic legends and Jacobite stories. The stories of Scotland's symbols comparable to the saltire and the thistle are integrated in addition to many much less recognized people stories.