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The Illustrated Book of Myths

The Illustrated Book of Myths

Tales & Legends of the World

Book - 1995 | 1st American ed
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A collection of myths from many cultures.
They tell of beginnings and ends, creation and destruction, life and death ... This beautifully illustrated book gathers together many of the most popular myths from all over the world, including a selection of the great classical tales of Greece and Rome and myths from Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, Native American, Aboriginal, African, and Asian traditions. They are retold for readers of all ages in a vivid, accessible style by Neil Philip, an authority on mythology and folklore. The illustrations by Nilesh Mistry link the main episodes of each myth, involving readers in the action and atmosphere. This exciting new approach also provides intriguing glimpses into the cultures from which these myths have sprung. Background information, accompanied by color photographs, explores the tales' historical, cultural, and geographical context. The stories are grouped together thematically -- allowing readers to appreciate not only the difference, but also the uncanny similarities between many of the world's cultures. The Illustrated Book of Myths brings together and illuminates timeless, universal stories, many of which form part of our literary heritage. Its special qualities make this collection both an important reference book for the whole family and a lasting source of inspiration and delight. Myths are grouped by theme under such headings as Creation, Fertility and Cultivation, Gods and Men, and the Afterlife, allowing readers to compare similar stories from different parts of the world and to gain insight into other cultures. Background information about historical and cultural events includes photos of places and objects mentioned in each story.
Publisher: London ; New York : D. Kindersley ; Boston : Distributed by Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780789402028
Call Number: 201.3 P549i 1995
Characteristics: 192 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mistry, Nilesh - Illustrator


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