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World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics 3rd Edition
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For example: In the story of Osiris and Isis, Rosenberg's version said that all of Osiris' parts were recovered. This is not true to the myth as any casual mythology student can tell you. A fish ate one part that was never recovered. Another omission was from Gilgamesh when Enkidu is tamed. Rosenberg leaves out the fact that the "priestess"was actually a temple harlot and she tamed him through six days of sex. These are only the first two stories I have read and I am sure there will be more the further I get into it. It is almost as if Rosenberg is afraid to tackle the adult issues presented in a lot of mythology.
Now normally I would not have a problem with leaving a little out here or there. But when students are required to fully analyze the meaning of a myth or epic we need the whole story. For the price and lack of cartoony illustrations this book is obviously not aimed at children. Give us the unedited, un-PC, correct, original versions of the myths.I don't want to assume things that should be in the stories to begin with.
This collection leaves much to be desired, though, and so do Rosenberg's interpretations. I'm not sure what her specialty is, but in many cases she relies on poor sources. For the Celtic material, for instance, she draws from reprints of 19th and early 20th century texts that are themselves inaccurate fairy-tale-style retellings of the actual texts. Her descriptions of Celtic belief are also grossly outdated: so far as we now know, the Celts were not sun worshippers and their major holidays were not at the solstices and equinoxes. Even the most cursory research would have led her to more accurate translations in scholarly journals, or she could have used the same sources that Gantz did for his much more accurate renditions of Irish myth in "Early Irish Myths and Sagas"--one of the many texts one would have to require in the multi-text syllabus.Read more ›
To start with I feel that I would be difficult to present such a wide range of works to a class of high schools student; a range that covers most of the world and its history, in a format of just 722 pages. To do this, and do it right, would necessitate the use of many volumes. You could quite easily fill three our four volumes of this size merely investigating Greek and Roman Mythology. No, there are space restrictions at play here that must be considered.
That being said, the author has done a nice job of representing the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and the Pacific Islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. To do this though, with the space limitations at play, something had to suffer. Alas.
The author has used a very heavy hand in the arena of censorship. I did not fine one tale in this work that had not been bowdlerized to one extent or another. The work (not so skillfully) and pretty well obliterated almost all mention of sexual situations, extreme violence and so on. I can understand what the author is trying to do but I fear I must completely disagree with her method of doing it.
Sex, violence, injustices, gore, shocking acts...they are all an extremely important part of most mythologies. With out the blood, guts and sex, you really miss the point of many of these stories; the essence of the myth is completely neutered. Not good!Read more ›
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Arrived fast, great service... Awesome textbook I very much enjoy reading this. Highly reccommend the book and sellerPublished 6 days ago by Cici Swagger
An interesting book if you have a passion for learning more about myths from around the world. If it just seems like a breeze read to you, it might not be what you're looking for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joshua J Bruno
This book seriously needs to be available digitally. Regardless of the way they sell this book, it is not worth $50 new or $40 used, especially for a 14 year old mythology book.Published 11 months ago by BENJAMIN R. VEGA
As a textbook, this version of the book was decently written. There is plenty of information, and a massive amount of stories and myths that are generally presented in mythology. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Forrest
I ordered this book for my Mythology class. It's a great text, I enjoy reading the myths for my class. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer