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Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths [Paperback]

Eva Thury , Margaret Devinney
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April 13, 2012 019985923X 978-0199859238 3
Integrating original texts with explanations, interpretations, and theory, Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, Third Edition, introduces students to a wide range of myths drawn from sources all around the world and approached from various critical perspectives. The third edition strengthens its global coverage with two new chapters: Chapter 11, "Mesoamerica: Popol Vuh," and Chapter 43, "The Vampire as Hero: Tales of the Undead in a Contemporary Context."

An innovative pedagogical structure helps students students discern the complex web of literary allusions that characterize mythological texts.

New! A "Myths Across the World" foldout map at the front of the text shows the regional distribution of all the myths discussed in the book

New! A global locator map at the beginning of each chapter situates the myths in their geographical context

Running margin notes provide cross-references and explanations of terms

A glossary of deities, an illustrated timeline, and suggested readings offer additional resources

A vibrant art program features more than 200 illustrations, photographs, and maps


New! Now Playing: Learning Mythology Through Film (available in both student and instructor editions) is packaged at no extra charge with each new copy of this text. This concise print supplement provides synopses, recommended scenes, and discussion questions for more than thirty of the most commonly assigned films in world mythology classes. Qualified adopters can receive a Netflix subscription with their adoption.

An Instructor's Resource Manual includes key terms, pedagogical suggestions, study questions and projects, and sample objective test questions for each chapter. The test questions are also available in a computerized format.

A Student's Website at contains chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, study questions, self-tests, flashcards, and related links

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"I have been using this text since it was first published, and I think it's the best we've ever had for our course in World Mythology."--Angela Ruediger, Harrisburg Area Community College

"Introduction to Mythology does a really good job of balancing mythology with actual stories. The book is well organized, the margin notes are exceptionally relevant and helpful to students, and the text also includes excellent tables, photos, and a timeline."--Bruce Peppard, El Camino College

"This is the best anthology of myth and folklore that I have yet found at the survey level. It demonstrates that the study of myth and folklore is a serious endeavor and an on-going conversation among great thinkers."--Cynthia Kimball, Portland Community College

About the Author

Eva Thury is Associate Professor of English at Drexel University. Margaret Devinney is Associate Professor of German at Temple University.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (April 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019985923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199859238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same as 2nd edition January 11, 2014
By Marcus
Great book but I'm giving it 2 stars because it's nearly identical to the 2nd edition. Don't make your students pay an outrageous amount for the 3rd edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great, inclusive text May 12, 2014
By Laura
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My favorite part of this textbook was that it included mythos from a variety of different cultures across the world. It provided an inclusive look at varying mythologies, connecting them together with explanatory chapters guiding your reading of the passages. Very insightful and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what i needed May 2, 2014
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its exactly what I needed for the class and it was as described. It did have notes from the prior student in the book (in a few pages of the sections and also had a few note papers with their notes on it as well) however its not a deal breaker. Its a book and I needed it, it takes two seconds to take out someone else's leftovers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review of condition of Used Text Book purchased February 7, 2014
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the book was dirty and had hair in it....UGH. The other two books I purchased were in similar condition but not quite as gross
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