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The Friendly Guide to Mythology: A Mortal's Companion to the Fantastical Realm of Gods Goddesses Monsters Heroes [Paperback]

Nancy Hathaway

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Aug. 26 2003
How was the world as we know it created? What does it mean to be a hero? Where do we go when we die? Why are flood myths so ubiquitous? Anyone who has pondered these and other questions about humanity's ancient beliefs will be fascinated by The Friendly Guide to Mythology. Focusing on Greek and Roman mythology but including myths from Africa, Asia, Australia, northern Europe, and the Americas, The Friendly Guide to Mythology is filled with compelling stories of gods, goddesses, mortals, and monsters. Beautifully ornamented with photos, line drawings, and quotes, this entertaining guide also includes an A-to-Z listing of the world's most captivating goddesses; profiles of famous writers, collectors, and interpreters of myths; and engaging sidebars. Featuring myths of love, wisdom, and adventure as well as those of violence, jealousy, and pure folly, this accessible collection offers fascinating insight into the human psyche and brings our rich mythological heritage delightfully into focus.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014024087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140240870
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,809,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intended as a popular compendium of world myths, this broad survey is a limited, quickly referenced assembly of tales that includes gods, goddesses, origins, and beliefs. The anthology samples all eras and regions, attempting to refine the meaning of myth as it mutated into legend, saga, fairytale, and folklore while moving through such diverse cultures as Greek, Roman, Chinese, Native American, Yoruba, Mexican, Welsh, Inuit, and more. Unfortunately, the skillful prose and extensive coverage is compromised by a confusing format that arranges the material into five disjointed sections. The book's glossary and bibliography are, however, excellent. Recommended for comprehensive myth collections. Robert K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nancy Hathaway's books include The Friendly Guide to the Universe and The Unicorn.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Touch base with the god/dess within yourself March 18 2005
By Bad Playah Brown Dogg - Published on
This a really good and fun read. It's a lot easier to read than any of the books on mythology that I've ever read, which were quite a few! It makes you realize how much in this world is named after gods, goddesses, and heroes, from the Orpheum Theatre (which I found out is a contradiction!) to Troy's Greek Restaurant. Ms. Hathaway shows how different cultures from all over the world have the same stories with similar characters with similar names. It gives you goosebumps! While this is an easier book to read, it lacks all the drama that all those heavy mythology books have. Her book touches base with most of mythology so there is no deep study of any god or goddess. Ms. Hathaway covers not only the Greeks but Celtic, Chinese, and Norse mythology as well. The only thing that I have to say negative about the book were all the typos! There is a plethora of typos in this book. But if you're looking for a quick intro into mythology, this is your book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners Sept. 6 2010
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Easy to understand. Great for people who need to learn for a class or are just casually interested in Greek mythology. However there are a lot of discrepancies between this book and more scholarly collections of Greek mythology. Small things, but to someone who knows details of stories, to see them left out or misinterpreted is irksome. Guess it just depends on whose retelling of classics you decide is the standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the friendly guide to mythology July 22 2010
By H. A. Carlton - Published on
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Nancy Hathaway has written THE guide to mythology.Each article gives the corresponding name in other cultures of the god/ess we are talking about. So no more going back and forth to the index to find out which is which. Along with why they appealed to their particular culture is information on how they affected people in later generations. I partiuclarly enjoy the thoughtful humor interspersed that catches you with immediate application giving the reading a 'keep on reading' value. And let's face it, we all need something to keep us on track with all those figures that seem so unreal and yet interesting. HAC
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Jan. 30 2014
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My mythology class uses this book-- really a good book for a good price (:

It's also really well organized: by the different types of story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mythology Book Aug. 24 2010
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Great book. Very quick delivery although the product did come with a WHOLE BUNCH of ants in the box with the book. Very gross discovery. Other than that great buy.

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