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World Mythology is a compilation of over 50 great myths and epics. Your students will gain an appreciation and an understanding of ancient and modern cultures through myths and epics from the Middle East, Greece and Rome, the Far East and the Pacific Islands, the British Isles, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. An introduction and historical background supplement each myth. Questions at the end of each section prompt analysis and response.

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supersun45
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good casual mythology book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2014
I bought this for a college mythology class because obviously it''s cheaper here than at the bookstore. Since it''s a paperback, I wasn''t intimidated by it. And I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of myths available, and at how easy they are to read. Others are... See more
I bought this for a college mythology class because obviously it''s cheaper here than at the bookstore. Since it''s a paperback, I wasn''t intimidated by it. And I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of myths available, and at how easy they are to read. Others are easier than others. The names can get confusing. There are Greek myths, of course, but there''s also myths from South America, China, India, Africa, and many more. Obviously, these are not the original myths. (I don''t even want to think at how big and heavy that book(s) would be.) These are revised versions which contain the big ideas and major plot points. And since, many of these myths are centuries old, there is room for interpretation. It has several long myths, usually called epics. There are excerpts of the Illiad, the Aneaid, Legend of King Arthur, and the Ramayana (my personal favorite), and others which we didn''t get to in class. It''s great for just reading and learning something new. Not to mention that before each myth there''s some historical info and a list of characters. I wouldn''t use it as actual reference material if I was to write a serious paper, but it''s good info to have around. It was also perfect for the mythology class I had. It wasn''t an intro class to future classes, it was a one time humanities class, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So, if you like mythology, but don''t want to get too much in depth, this one is a good choice.
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lily
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So I have some concerns about the textbook''s inaccuracy.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
I''m giving this two stars for the sake of the benefit of the doubt, as I: a) haven''t finished reading it, and b) am not familiar with all of the legends and histories that it covers. That said, I''ve just read the introduction/historical context box... See more
I''m giving this two stars for the sake of the benefit of the doubt, as I:
a) haven''t finished reading it, and
b) am not familiar with all of the legends and histories that it covers.

That said, I''ve just read the introduction/historical context box preceding the myth of Demeter and Persephone, and the most if not all of the information presented is historically/archaeologically inaccurate.

The text states that Mycenaean Greeks diminished the concept of a Great Goddess by relating all the powerful goddesses of the general Mediterranean area to Zeus, "their principle divinity". One of the goddesses mentioned is Aphrodite, despite that she did not exist in Mycenaean Greece. Moreover, Zeus was not an important god to the Mycenaeans to begin with.

The text also claims that the Mycenaeans diminished Persephone herself, downgrading her from a Great Goddess in a previous religion to "Hades'' subservient wife" and "Demeter''s loving daughter". Firstly, early versions of Persephone and Demeter are thought to have been honored as extremely prominent deities in Mycenaean religion, with John Chadwick theorizing that they were revered on a level similar to the pre-Poseidon who took the role of king of the gods. Secondly, there''s no evidence to suggest that Hades even existed at this time. Mycenaean scripts make no mention of him, and most historians believe he was a later addition to the pantheon. Finally, even in the eras that followed Mycenaean Greece, Persephone is not portrayed as subservient to him. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, the oldest account to actually detail Persephone''s descent into the Underworld, states outright that Persephone has equal (and total) rule of the Underworld: "If you are here, you will be queen of everything that lives and moves about, and you will have the greatest honors in the company of the immortals." This is even acknowledged in the text''s retelling of the hymn, so I really don''t know where the interpretation of a submissive Persephone came into play here.

With the exception of the issue regarding the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, this is all probably the result of a mix-up with regard to specific time periods in the region, but the cultures and religious traditions of Bronze Age Greece and Ancient Greece were not synonymous, and considering that this is a text being used to teach the historical and cultural contexts of myths and legends, this is a mix-up that should have been caught.

That said, this is all regarding one single story. On the one hand, it''s entirely possible that the author was given misinformation at the time of writing for this legend in particular. On the other, the number of discrepancies between this short text box and the archaeological evidence we have available makes me skeptical as to the accuracy of the entire book, especially as this is one of the easier myths to research.

TL;DR: Remember, kids, fact-check your textbooks too.
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GreenSleeze
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Take another class with a different book or research on your own with a different book
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2013
I don''t see the reason for a school to make us buy a book that is clearly full of butchered Myths and Epics. In the prologue the author quickly tells us that she changed the stories so they are more suited for the modern world and stories were changed as well as the... See more
I don''t see the reason for a school to make us buy a book that is clearly full of butchered Myths and Epics. In the prologue the author quickly tells us that she changed the stories so they are more suited for the modern world and stories were changed as well as the characters within who were adjusted to try and give the readers a reason to want to find out about the real Myths and Epics. I personally would just like a book with the REAL stories. I did take this class because I already wanted to find out more about Myths and Epics. I was not looking for a Disney version of the stories. I was looking to learn more about the Myths that we know of and I was hoping to get more of an insight into these Myths and Epics. This book is not a great learning tool because the information learned within would give you incorrect answers and incorrect information if anyone would like to discuss these at any future time. Also, after taking this class did not give me any chance of writing a paper on mythology without getting a failing grade due to it not giving us correct information.
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JDuB
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Decent Mythology Book, Nice History Background
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2012
I got this for my College Mythology Course, cheaper on here than in the bookstore of course. While there are better and more in depth stories elsewhere for Mythology, I really like the collection here as far as Culturally and the Historical references that proceed each... See more
I got this for my College Mythology Course, cheaper on here than in the bookstore of course. While there are better and more in depth stories elsewhere for Mythology, I really like the collection here as far as Culturally and the Historical references that proceed each story. It''s nice to get some background information about the origins of the stories as well as the summaries of all the names/familia listed in one place for a quick reference at the start of the section. I recommend reading the story prior to the history section that precedes it, however, if you''ve never heard it before, because it will spoil it for you! Just an FYI! But all in all this is a pretty decent book, but there are better, more elaborated mythology books out there. As this one was required for class though it isn''t bad, and I can see why it was chosen as it goes beyond just Greek Mythology and really collects Mythology from all around the World, which is very nice. Recommended!
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Daniela Maldonado
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I agree with another reviewer that said that it''s best to read the actual myths before the preface that ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
I agree with another reviewer that said that it''s best to read the actual myths before the preface that takes place before each story. It was difficult to keep up with the many characters in these stories and the book does not help you to differentiate each character -often... See more
I agree with another reviewer that said that it''s best to read the actual myths before the preface that takes place before each story. It was difficult to keep up with the many characters in these stories and the book does not help you to differentiate each character -often going into full swing into the story, and your stuck flipping the pages back and forth or making yourself some side notes. The book itself is actually small and thick so in backpacks the cover often bends.
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Taylor E.
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It''s a great text, I enjoy reading the myths for my ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2015
I ordered this book for my Mythology class. It''s a great text, I enjoy reading the myths for my class. The book is divided into areas of the world, and then different myths from those areas. There are creation myths, myths about the gods, about heroes, utopias, and much... See more
I ordered this book for my Mythology class. It''s a great text, I enjoy reading the myths for my class. The book is divided into areas of the world, and then different myths from those areas. There are creation myths, myths about the gods, about heroes, utopias, and much more. Each myth has a short summary and background information presented before and then a few questions at the end of it. I was really excited about this class, and this text is the perfect companion for it. I get to read stories about gods and heroes instead of something boring! Most of the stories are just a couple pages, but there are also some longer ones you can read like The Aeneid, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, The Ramayana, The Iliad, and King Arthur (which I''m excited to read)!
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Rebecca Harmon
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A Worth While Read
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2016
Very good book. It''s a worth while read. Arrived promptly and as described. Served it''s purpose for use in the World Mythology college course. My son enjoyed getting to read all the stories in it. Some of the stories included: the Illiad, and multiple creation stories. They... See more
Very good book. It''s a worth while read. Arrived promptly and as described. Served it''s purpose for use in the World Mythology college course. My son enjoyed getting to read all the stories in it. Some of the stories included: the Illiad, and multiple creation stories. They have about every creation story about every Mythology in it. You have to take it in context. The book arrived in good condition.
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Marianat011
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Could be better
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2013
After signing up for a college class, I realized how costly this book was. Luckily I found it for half the price my college was offering. The book overall has myths from all over the world (India, Navajo,Egyptian, Greek, African) and a prologue to each country and myth,... See more
After signing up for a college class, I realized how costly this book was. Luckily I found it for half the price my college was offering. The book overall has myths from all over the world (India, Navajo,Egyptian, Greek, African) and a prologue to each country and myth, providing background information and other facts. Some of the myths could be better told with too few details and a anti-climatic ending. Others are too detailed and go on forever,leaving the reader to dig through all the information. though it was manditory, I don''t think I''d ever willingly read this book on my own.
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Jennifer
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Did the job!
Reviewed in Canada on June 24, 2020
Needed for school. Quite interesting, good read.
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