The mythology book

Book - 2018

"Take a step into the fascinating realm of gods and goddesses, mythical warriors, and legendary kings and queens. Explore the creation stories of world's great cultures, let yourself be gripped by the classic hero narratives like the legend of King Arthur or the adventures of the Monkey King, or shed a tear over heart-rending tragedies such as the devastating tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. The Mythology Book retells and explains more than 80 classic stories. They include myths that have... formed the foundations of many of the world's great religions and inspired artists from Homer and Virgil to Richard Wagner and James Joyce. Delve into each story to discover the meanings behind the myths, getting to the heart of the significance to the cultures they originated in. Divided into seven major sections, The Mythology Book examines myths from every continent and every significant period in history, from ancient Egypt to the Celts, and from the Maya of Mexico and Central America to Aboriginal Australians and the Maori of New Zealand. An eye-catching visual approach includes graphics and feature boxes that summarize the sources, settings, and key characters, set out the main plot points, and place the stories in historical context." -- Dust jacket.

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Big ideas simply explained.
New York, New York : DK Publishing 2018.
First American edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Northern Europe
  • Asia
  • The Americas
  • Ancient Egypt and Africa
  • Oceania.
Review by Booklist Reviews

World mythology gets the infographic treatment in the latest title in DK's Big Ideas Simply Explained series. This compact, modestly priced volume explores 80 major myths and characters, from Zeus and Loki to the Monkey King and the trickster Maui. Entries are arranged by region; about a third of the book is made up of ancient Greek and Roman mythology, while subsequent sections explore northern Europe, Asia, the Americas, ancient Egypt and Africa, and Oceania. Each section begins with a short introductory essay and time line, and each myth contains an "In Brief" box that identifies its theme, source, setting, and key figures. Combining concise explanatory text with graphics and artistic works from throughout history, this book is recommended for public and academic collections, including high-school libraries. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This latest installment in DK's long-running series is organized by period and geography ("Ancient Greece"; "The Americas"; "Oceania"), each beginning with a chronology and overview, followed by essays, key people and animals, and more. Shaded boxes, informational lists, infographics, and large photos aid in comprehension. VERDICT Coverage tilts somewhat toward Greek, Roman, and other European myths, but Asia and Africa are not ignored. Consider for all public libraries. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A latest installment to the Big Ideas series vividly brings to life 80 of the world’s greatest myths and characters, from Greek gods to Norse heroes, through engaging text and bold graphics, getting to the heart of the importance of mythology to different cultures around the globe.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Enter the world of myths and legends with this unforgettable compendium that spans the centuries and crosses the continents to share the greatest stories of all time. Sit back and enjoy more than 80 classic myths retold for the modern reader with engaging text and eye-catching graphics. Part of the Big Ideas series, The Mythology Book introduces the great and the good, from the gods of ancient Greece to the stories of the Cherokee People of North America. Going beyond the ancient worlds, this book brings to life influential tales of Aboriginal Australians and the Aztecs, each packed with compelling characters, plot twists and turns, and incredible insight into human existence.Discover the lessons behind every story and get to the heart of cultures far and wide through the inspiring narratives that capture the way communities work together to make sense of the world around them. ""This is essential reading for everyone who delights in stories of imagination, action, and adventure, taking new generations back in time to love and learn from the stories of the past.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Learn about compelling worlds and characters depicted in myths and legends in The Mythology Book.Part of the fascinating Big Ideas series, this book tackles tricky topics and themes in a simple and easy to follow format. Learn about Mythology in this overview guide to the subject, great for novices looking to find out more and experts wishing to refresh their knowledge alike! The Mythology Book brings a fresh and vibrant take on the topic through eye-catching graphics and diagrams to immerse yourself in. This captivating book will broaden your understanding of Mythology, with:- More than 80 classics retold and explained in mythology- Packed with facts, charts, timelines and graphs to help explain core concepts- A visual approach to big subjects with striking illustrations and graphics throughout- Easy to follow text makes topics accessible for people at any level of understandingThe Mythology Book lets you delve into each myth, discover the meanings behind them, and understand their significance to different cultures worldwide - aimed at adults with an interest in the subject and wanting to gain more of an overview. Here you’ll find global coverage of world myths, profiling everything from the well-known tales of the Greeks, Norsemen, and Egyptians to the legends of the Caribbean, the Americas, Oceania, and East Asia.Your Mythological Questions, Simply ExplainedLearn about myths in this essential guide, from early creation beliefs to classical hero narratives and the recurring theme of the afterlife. Delve into each myth and discover the meanings behind these stories, getting to the heart of their significance to different cultures worldwide. If you thought it was difficult to learn about the many classic stories, The Mythology Book presents key information in an easy to follow layout. Discover Zeus, god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods, Loki, the cunning trickster with a knack for causing havoc, Thor with his mighty hammer, and Hades, ruler of the underworld - and much more.The Big Ideas SeriesWith millions of copies sold worldwide, The Mythology Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas series from DK. The series uses striking graphics along with engaging writing, making big topics easy to understand.