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The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Hardcover – Illustrated, May 15, 2018
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The line between literature, myth, and folktale is blurry; many myths have been preserved as literary works. The popular tales of King Arthur are rooted in Celtic myth, while the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the great works of Hindu mythology, are celebrated masterpieces of epic poetry.
Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, rises from the Plain of Thessaly. Thessaly was the site of the decade-long war the Titans fought against Zeus and his siblings.
The Abduction of Persephone
Hades kidnaps Persephone in a field of daffodils in British artist Walter Crane's The Fate of Persephone (1877). The horses rear up between a sunlit world and ominous darkness.
Revered as the father of tragedy, Aeschylus was an early Greek dramatist—one of three, along with Euripides and Sophocles, whose works survive and are still performed.
The Sibylline Books
The three books of prophecies known as the Sibylline Books were one of ancient Rome's greatest treasures. They were kept in the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill and consulted at times of crisis.
The Weaving Match
Minerva wove a tapestry depicting the competition between herself and Neptune to be the protector of Athens. Arachne wove one showing the immorality of the gods.
Pygmalion is mentioned in Greek sources as a king of Cyprus who fell in love with a cult statue of Aphrodite, but the familiar myth of Pygmalion the sculptor is only known to us from the Roman poet, Ovid.
The Adventures of Thor and Loki in Jötunheim
Although Thor's strength, bravery, and dependability were renowned, the Norse god was also portrayed as rather slow-witted and easy to deceive. Many of the myths concerning Thor were humorous examinations of the limitations of brute strength.
Spider Woman, also known as 'Thinking Woman' or 'Spider Grandmother' was a creator goddess, said to be as old as time, yet as young as eternity. To the Navajo, Spider Woman is also a teacher who gave the sacred art of weaving to humanity.
The Night Barque of Ra
Ra was god of the sun and also a creator god, who rose from chaos to create himself. Every day he crossed the heavens in a barque, or ship, the 'Boat of Millions of Years' bringing sun to the land.
Ta'aroa Gives Birth to the Gods
Before the cosmos was created, there was just a blank void. Amid this expanse of nothingness floated a huge egg-shaped shell. Inside was the feathered creator god, Ta'aroa, who had no mother or father.
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- Item Weight : 2.55 pounds
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1465473370
- ISBN-10 : 1465473378
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 1.05 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : DK; Illustrated Edition (May 15, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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