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Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths 3rd Edition

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Eva Thury is Associate Professor of English at Drexel University. Margaret Devinney is Associate Professor of German at Temple University.
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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 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I loved this book almost as much as I loved this class. It doesn't just center around what most people think of as mythology. It goes far beyond Greek and Roman. It gives insight into older and newer mythology, it gives a comprehensive look at mythology as a conceot and several views from which to perceive it. I thought I knew about mythology. Now I know how little I thought I knew.
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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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I read the book cover to cover, and am satisfied with what I learned; it was money well spent. My interest in mythology was prompted by the suspicion that most, if not all, of the Old Testament is Jewish mythology. Occasional earlier connections, e.g., The Epic of Gilgamesh, exposed cultural myths that were similar to, but predated the Old Testament. This book helped frame the various aspects of myths: creation, origin, the paths of heroes, and the inevitable variations that come from repeated oral retellings by various bards, all of which are evident in the Old Testament.

Aside from Greek, Old Testament, and Japanese myths, I had had but incidental contact with the mythology of other cultures, and therefore came away with a much broader background, since the book covers myths from most of the world’s regions and cultures.

The book is more an anthology than an authored work. The “authors” have—appropriately—compiled the works and analyses of specialists, which they preface with their—often unnecessary and always prolix—introductory remarks and marginal explanations.

Part of what drives this is the authors’ agenda: they are rabid feminists, and this bias is evident and irritating. The frequent unidiomatic “she or he,” remarks that amount to encouraging the reader to accept women as real people, and the preponderance of female sources cause the reader to wonder if the scholarship is exhaustive and believable. This “rub the reader’s nose in it” grade-school taunting both diminishes the authors (better, editors) and distracts the reader. Here is a typical example: “[E]ach teller stresses those events and characteristics that are most meaningful for her and her audience, and she glosses over or leaves out what is not valued or not understood by her audience.
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The book was in good condition as said (:
And the rental price was great! Overall very happy
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This was an excellent resource and teaching tool. I loved it and my students loved it.
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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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Bought this for a class. Worked as expected.
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