Egyptian mythology: a very short introduction explains the cultural and historical background to the fascinating and complex world of Egyptian myth, with each chapter dealing with a particular theme. To show the variety of source material for egyptian myth, each chapter features a particular object--such as the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, a golden statue of Tutankhamun, and a papyrus containing a story in which the Egyptian gods behave outrageously--which is illustrated by a photograph or line-drawing.
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction - In addition to a list of major deities and myths, there are explanations of related topics such as how hieroglyphs work, royal names and titles, and the Egyptian cosmos.
The Norse Myths The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore LibraryPantheon - Clean book & cover. Included are tales of odin, the wisest and most fearsome of all the gods; Thor, the thundering powerhouse; and the exquisite mafic-wielding Freyja. Gods, and monstrous beasts engage in prodigious drinking bouts, greedy schemes for gold, humans, contests of strength, and lusty encounters.
Here are thirty-two classic myths that bring the pre-Christian Scandinavian world vividly to life. Their stories bear witness to the courage, passion, and boundless spirit that were hallmarks of the Norse world. With black-and-white drawings throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library Great Stories.
The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics - Penguin Books. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Although the sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. A luminous saga made accessible to new generations of readers, The Ramayana can be enjoyed for its spiritual wisdom, or as a thrilling tale of ancient conflict.
The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic Penguin Classics - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Great Stories. The greatest indian epic, one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytellingA Penguin Classic A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian.
Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. Clean book & cover.
Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish LegendsFarrar, Straus and Giroux - Journalist marie heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more recent tales of the three patron saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille. Penguin Books. Clean book & cover. Faber Faber. Great Stories.
Myths of the Ancient GreeksNew American Library - From one of today’s foremost scholars, a lively retelling of the timeless tales…Here are the myths that have influenced so much of our cultural heritage. Penguin Books. Clean book & cover. Faber Faber. In this book the rousing adventures of the heroes herakles, Theseus, and Perseus are intertwined with the tragedies of immortal Prometheus and mortal Oedipus, the trickery of Hermes, the amorous escapades of Zeus, and the ecstasy of Dionysus.
In-depth introductions to each section deepen your understanding of the myths—and heighten your reading pleasure. Presented in simple yet elegant prose, these tales emerge in brilliant new life. From the creation battle of the gods and titans to odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War, this indispensable volume contains fifty-six legendary stories—handed down from generations past—that will continue to captivate readers for generations to come.
Myths of the Ancient Greeks - Great Stories. Such age-old stories as the tragic love of Orpheus and Eurydice or Demeter’s loss of her daughter, Persephone, resonate strongly with readers even today.
American Indian Myths and Legends The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore LibraryPantheon - In addition to mining the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century, the editors have also included a broad selection of contemporary Native American voices. With black-and-white illustrations throughout Selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library Great Stories.
Faber Faber. From across the continent comes tales of creation and love; heroes and war; animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Penguin Books. Pantheon fairy Tale & Folklore Library. More than 160 tales from eighty tribal groups gives us a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage.
American Indian Myths and Legends The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library - Clean book & cover.
The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOxford University Press - Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library.
These documents, the events they recount or reflect, the people and gods named in them, the cities in which they were found, all provide vivid testimony of the era in which they were written. We discover that women had many rights and freedoms: they could own property, run businesses, and represent themselves in court.
The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - Each discussion focuses on evidence provided in two or three cuneiform texts from that time. Every very short introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. The ancient near east is known as the "cradle of civilization"--and for good reason.
Penguin Books. Clean book & cover. About the series:oxford's very short introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, Politics to Classics, and Archaeology to the Bible. Faber Faber. Great Stories.
Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOxford University Press - Great Stories. Penguin Books. From berlin to boston, and st petersburg to sydney, ancient Egyptian art fills the galleries of some of the world's greatest museums, while the architecture of Egyptian temples and pyramids has attracted tourists to Egypt for centuries. Oxford university Press USA. But what did egyptian art and architecture mean to the people who first made and used it - and why has it had such an enduring appeal? In this Very Short Introduction, Christina Riggs explores the visual arts produced in Egypt over a span of some 4, 000 years.
. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Pantheon fairy Tale & Folklore Library. Faber Faber. Oxford university Press USA. Clean book & cover. The stories behind these objects and buildings have much to tell us about how people in ancient Egypt lived their lives in relation to each other, the natural environment, and the world of the gods.
Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - Demonstrating how ancient egypt has fascinated Western audiences over the centuries with its impressive pyramids, and distinctive visual style, eerie mummies, Riggs considers the relationship between ancient Egypt and the modern world. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.
Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, perspective, analysis, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Ancient Greece: A Very Short IntroductionOxford University Press - This highly original introduction to ancient Greece uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative aspects of Greek culture. Oxford university Press USA. Clean book & cover. Faber Faber. Penguin Books. Great Stories. Pantheon fairy Tale & Folklore Library. The author uses these cities to illuminate major themes, to gender and sexuality, religion, from economics, slavery and freedom, and social relations, and politics.
Cartledge highlights the role of such renowned cities as athens birthplace of democracy and Sparta, as well as lesser known locales such as Miletus home of the West's first intellectual, Syracuse in Sicily, and Alexandria in Egypt, but he also examines Argos, Thebes, Thales and Massalia Marseilles today, where the Greeks introduced the wine grape to the French.
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African History: A Very Short IntroductionOxford University Press - The multitude of topics that the reader will learn about in this succinct work include the unity and diversity of African cultures, the diaspora, slavery, religion, colonial conquest, and the importance of history in understanding contemporary Africa. This very short introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond.
But the idea of studying African history is itself new, and the authors show why it is still contested and controversial. Penguin Books. Oxford university Press USA. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.
African History: A Very Short Introduction - Oxford university Press USA. Faber Faber. The book examines questions such as: who invented the idea of "africa"? how is African history pieced together, 000 years ago?Africa has been known as 'the cradle of mankind', given such a lack of documentary evidence? How did Africa interact with the world 1, and its recoverable history stretches back to the Pharaohs.
This vsi, the first concise work of its kind, will prove essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history. Oxford university Press USA. Pantheon fairy Tale & Folklore Library. Clean book & cover.
The Renaissance: A Very Short IntroductionOxford University Press - In this wide-ranging exploration of the renaissance, slavery, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, and interaction on a global scale, cultural experimentation, intolerance, alongside a darker side of religion, and massive inequality of wealth and status. Pantheon fairy Tale & Folklore Library.
Penguin Books. Oxford university Press USA. More than ever before, the Renaissance stands out as one of the defining moments in world history. This is the first clear and concise account of the Renaissance as a global phenomenon, an important new vision of the Renaissance for the 21st century written by a young Renaissance scholar of a new generation.
The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction - Between 1400 and 1600, culture, european perceptions of society, politics and even humanity itself emerged in ways that continue to affect not only Europe but the entire world. Faber Faber. Brotton skillfully guides us through the key issues that defined the Renaissance period, from its art, and literature, architecture, to advancements in the fields of science, trade, and travel.
In its incisive account of the complexities of the political and religious upheavals of the period, the book argues that there are significant parallels between the Renaissance and our own era. Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press USA. Great Stories.