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World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks

World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks

  • Author: Mark Daniels
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781782435754
  • Category:
  • Page: 224
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A masterful introduction to world mythology, shedding light on the impact it has had on cultures past and present and untangling the complex web of deities, monsters and myths.From the signs of the zodiac to literature and art, the influence of world mythology can still be seen in everyday life. With a stunning array of fascinating tales, World Mythology in Bite-sized Chunks gets to grips with the ancient stories of Aboriginal, Sumerian, Egyptian, Mesoamerican, Maori, Greek, Roman, Indian, Norse and Japanese cultures, encompassing legends from the most diverse societies and the most ancient cultures from across the globe.Learn about why Odin, the Father of the Gods in Norse mythology, was so keen to lose an eye, the importance of the Osiris myth of Ancient Egypt, and much more besides.Entertaining, authoritative and incisive, this is an enlightening journey into the fascinating world of mythology.

The Midas Touch

The Midas Touch

World Mythology in Bite-sized Chunks

  • Author: Mark Daniels
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • ISBN: 1782430792
  • Category: History
  • Page: 189
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This authoritative and fascinating introduction to the legends of history will reintroduce readers to the cyclopes, Minotaur and centaurs of the Ancient Greeks, as well as shedding light on the wider world of mythology. The Midas Touch includes a stunning array of fascinating tales and gets to grips with the ancient stories of Aboriginal, Sumerian, Egyptian, Mesoamerican, Maori, Greek, Roman, Indian, Norse and Japanese cultures, encompassing legends from the most diverse societies and the most ancient cultures from across the globe. In a concise yet comprehensive format, The Midas Touch is a wonderful evocation of the hugely entertaining stories and characters of mythology.

The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks

The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks

  • Author: Emma Marriott
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • ISBN: 1843179296
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
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History is a rich, varied and fascinating subject, so it's rare to find the whole lot in one book ... until now. The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks pulls it all together, from the world's earliest civilizations in 3500 BC to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, passing by the likes of Charlemagne, the Ottoman Empire and the Crimean War, to name a few. Here's your chance to introduce yourself to the full spectrum of world history, and discover just how the modern world came to be.

The Great Scientists in Bite-sized Chunks

The Great Scientists in Bite-sized Chunks

  • Author: Nicola Chalton & Meredith MacArdle
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • ISBN: 1782434151
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 224
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A Dictionary of World Mythology

A Dictionary of World Mythology

  • Author: Arthur Cotterell
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019107893X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: N.A
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The powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents all reflect very different civilizations, yet they also demonstrate the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown. Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. * Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania * Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived * Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area `An excellent reference book, as well as a good book for dipping into at leisure.' Greek Review

Cool Mythology

Cool Mythology

Filled with fantastic facts for kids of all ages

  • Author: Malcolm Croft
  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • ISBN: 9781910232842
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 112
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This fun book, part of the popular Cool series, is a fascinating introduction to world mythology, broken up into handy bite-sized chunks. It covers all the main world mythologies, including Sumerian, Incan, African, Native American, African, Egyptian, Persian, Hindu, Norse and, of course, Greek and Roman, including the famous Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon and others). It begins with a selection of creation myths from different cultures (for example the Dreamtime of Aboriginal Australian mythology) and delves into individual stories from mythology, such as Perseus meeting Medusa and Pandora’s box. It covers fantastical mythological creatures from the fearsome Manticore from Persian legend to the modern-day Yeti, plus giants, dragons and the Phoenix. It explores mythological places like Atlantis and various versions of the afterlife, from the idyllic Arthurian Avalon to the rather less pleasant Yomi, the dark and gloomy underworld of Japanese mythology. Ancient myths are still relevant to today’s society, explaining traditions and giving lasting moral lessons. But most of all, they’re entertaining adventures that connect us to the past – and this book is the perfect introduction to how cool mythology really is. Word count: 20,000

Priceless

Priceless

The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)

  • Author: William Poundstone
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang
  • ISBN: 9781429943932
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 352
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Prada stores carry a few obscenely expensive items in order to boost sales for everything else (which look like bargains in comparison). People used to download music for free, then Steve Jobs convinced them to pay. How? By charging 99 cents. That price has a hypnotic effect: the profit margin of the 99 Cents Only store is twice that of Wal-Mart. Why do text messages cost money, while e-mails are free? Why do jars of peanut butter keep getting smaller in order to keep the price the "same"? The answer is simple: prices are a collective hallucination. In Priceless, the bestselling author William Poundstone reveals the hidden psychology of value. In psychological experiments, people are unable to estimate "fair" prices accurately and are strongly influenced by the unconscious, irrational, and politically incorrect. It hasn't taken long for marketers to apply these findings. "Price consultants" advise retailers on how to convince consumers to pay more for less, and negotiation coaches offer similar advice for businesspeople cutting deals. The new psychology of price dictates the design of price tags, menus, rebates, "sale" ads, cell phone plans, supermarket aisles, real estate offers, wage packages, tort demands, and corporate buyouts. Prices are the most pervasive hidden persuaders of all. Rooted in the emerging field of behavioral decision theory, Priceless should prove indispensable to anyone who negotiates.

Bad History

Bad History

How We Got the Past Wrong

  • Author: Emma Marriott
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781782435778
  • Category:
  • Page: 192
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Sorting the facts from the historical fiction, Bad History exposes the falsehoods that have wrongly influenced our understanding of world history.Much of what we know about historical events is based on generally accepted 'facts': St Patrick was Irish; Roman gladiators would fight to the death; the Wild West was full of danger.However, history is, in fact, full of myths and misunderstandings that have been repeated so much over the years that we don't give them a second thought.Each entry in this informative book will discuss the case for and against these commonly accepted truths, and corrects what you thought you knew about history.Bad History provides a rigorously researched and entertaining read, perfect for any history enthusiast who wants to get their facts straight.

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

  • Author: David Leeming
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0195156692
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 469
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Consists of nearly two thousand entries covering all aspects of mythology, including Greek, Roman, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, and Egyptian.

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Tales of Ancient Egypt

  • Author: Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0147519179
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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Originally published: London: Bodley Head, 1967.

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes

A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology

  • Author: Cory O'Brien
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101619678
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 304
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Get this: Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. All our lives, we’ve been fed watered-down, PC versions of the classic myths. In reality, mythology is more screwed up than a schizophrenic shaman doing hits of unidentified…wait, it all makes sense now. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words. Skeptical? Here are a few more gems to consider: • Zeus once stuffed an unborn fetus inside his thigh to save its life after he exploded its mother by being too good in bed. • The entire Egyptian universe was saved because Sekhmet just got too hammered to keep murdering everyone. • The Hindu universe is run by a married couple who only stop murdering in order to throw sweet dance parties…on the corpses of their enemies. • The Norse goddess Freyja once consented to a four-dwarf gangbang in exchange for one shiny necklace. And there’s more dysfunctional goodness where that came from.

World Mythology

World Mythology

  • Author: Roy G. Willis
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780805027013
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 311
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Looks at the mythology of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China, Tibet, Japan, Greece, Rome, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Australia

Indian Mythology

Indian Mythology

Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

  • Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
  • ISBN: 9780892818709
  • Category: History
  • Page: 216
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An exploration of 99 classic myths of India provides a fresh understanding of the Hindu spiritual landscapes and pantheon of gods and goddesses. Two 16-page color inserts.

Myth and Meaning

Myth and Meaning

  • Author: Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134522312
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 63
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In addresses written for a wide general audience, one of the twentieth century's most prominent thinkers, Claude Lévi-Strauss, here offers the insights of a lifetime on the crucial questions of human existence. Responding to questions as varied as 'Can there be meaning in chaos?', 'What can science learn from myth?' and 'What is structuralism?', Lévi-Strauss presents, in clear, precise language, essential guidance for those who want to learn more about the potential of the human mind.

Norse Myths

Norse Myths

  • Author: Kevin Crossleyholland
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781439509739
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: N.A
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Retells thirty-two Scandinavian myths that have intrigued countless generations with stories of gods, giants, dwarfs, and monsters involved in the creation, development, and ultimate destruction of nine mortal and divine worlds

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism

Turning believers into non-believers and non-believers into believers

  • Author: Swami Achuthananda
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 1481825526
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 218
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"Religion is the opium of the people," said Karl Marx many centuries ago. For more than a billion people living in India and abroad, Hinduism is the religion and a way of life. In this book, Hindu guru Swami Achuthananda takes generation XYZ on a journey to ancient India to discover the wisdom of its ancestors and the secrets to the future. Surveying the religious landscape, Swamiji notes with disbelief that a great deal of misinformation exists in the way Hinduism is portrayed, for which he singles out the grey-haired academics for perverting history and perpetuating century-old myths. "Hindu literature is diverse and vast and will take you several cycles of rebirth to comprehend," says Swamiji. "It's best understood by those who have a genuine interest and appreciation of the culture."

A History of the World in Numbers

A History of the World in Numbers

  • Author: Emma Marriott
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • ISBN: 1782432728
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 343
  • View: 1866
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The history of our world can be told through numbers. Numbers can illuminate the broad sweep of history, from vast movements of populations and the expansion of empires to the effects of technological achievements or climatic change. They also allow us to drill into the real detail of history, from the page count, the cost and the time it took to produce the Gutenberg Bible (the West's first mass-produced book) to the price of Virginian tobacco in the 1620s, both of which had an immediate and lasting effect on the course of world history. And, just occasionally, numbers have the power to blow our minds. For example: in 2003 US research showed that one in every 200 men living on the planet today shares genetic material from a single male from around 900 years ago; the likely progenitor was Mongol emperor, Genghis Khan. A History of the World in Numbers will span the early civilizations of man, from the plains of Mesopotamia and the Indus Empire, right through to the modern day. The numbers, statistics and figures will dictate the topic of each entry, shining a light on each subject, whether it's the development of early writing in China or the number of Brodie helmets issued in World War One.

Tales of the Greek Heroes (Film Tie-in)

Tales of the Greek Heroes (Film Tie-in)

  • Author: Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141962097
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 288
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Explore the real Greek myths behind Percy Jackson's story - he's not the first Perseus to have run into trouble with the gods . . . These are the mysterious and exciting legends of the gods and heroes in Ancient Greece, from the adventures of Perseus, the labours of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to Odysseus and the Trojan wars. Introduced with wit and humour by Rick Riordan, creator of the highly successful Percy Jackson series.

The History of Torture

The History of Torture

  • Author: Brian Innes
  • Publisher: Amber Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 190827395X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 192
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The History of Torture tells the complete story of torture, from its earliest uses right up to the present day. The book explains the tools and techniques of torture, from the first use of the rack in Ancient Greece to the use of modern drugs to elicit confessions. The book also details the fight against torture through the work of international campaigners such as Amnesty International. A subject which – in moral terms at least – permits no shades of grey is dealt with in an objective and detailed manner. [This is a text-only ebook edition.]