Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch; Stephanie Lynn Budin (Introduction by)Can't keep all your gods and goddesses straight? Wondering about mythological references in classic literature? Bulfinch's Mythology offers approachable accounts of ancient legends in a compilation of the works of Thomas Bulfinch, banker and Latinist. This volume includes all three of Bulfinch's original titles:The Age of Fable,The Age of Chivalry, andThe Legends of Charlemagne. Bulfinch states his purpose for the book clearly: "Our work is not for the learned, nor for the theologian, nor for the philosopher, but for the reader of English literature...who wishes to comprehend the allusions so frequently made by public speakers, lecturers, essayists, and poets, and those which occur in polite conversation." This compilation was widely used as the authoritative text on mythology in schools for over a century.
Call Number: 398.2 BUL Location: L5
Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology by Philip Wilkinson; Neil Philip (Contribution by)From the earliest times, people have told stories of gods and goddesses, of fabulous creatures and mythical planes, and of the exploits of superhuman heroes and heroines in an effort to explain the mysteries of life. Many of the world's myths share common features, allowing fascinating parallels to be drawn. The DK illustrated Dictionary of Mythology examines some of these themes, such as the creation and ultimate destruction of the world, the struggle between good and evil, and the concept of heaven and hell, enabling the reader to explore the intriguing similarities between the mythologies of different peoples. Concise, fact-packed entries on more than 500 key characters provide essential information to show the reader who is who in world mythology. What did a harpy look like? Why did Kronos eat his own children? Who was Coyote? Which Egyptian god has the head of a jackal? What was the riddle of the sphinx? Find the answers to these questions and many more in this comprehensive and stimulating visual guide to world mythology. The DK Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology is divided into nine sections, each focusing on the mythology of a particular civilization or region. Discover the stories of characters from cultures as diverse as Greek and Polynesian, or Norse and Native American, with special feature boxes on major figures, events, and places. Designed to appeal to readers of all ages, this book is a rich source of information for interpreting and understanding mythological references in art, literature, drama and music.
Call Number: 291.1 WIL Location: L5
The World of Myth by David Adams Leeming (Editor)Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature ofcivilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse,Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the mostwide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world,each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, themyths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."
Call Number: 398.2 BUL Location: L5
Middle Ages Myths and Legends Se by H. A. Guerber
Call Number: 291.13 GUE L5
Giants by David Larkin (Illustrator); Julek Heller (Illustrator); Sarah Teale (Text by)
Call Number: 898 HEL Location: L5
Profusely illustrated text discusses the giants of mythology, folklore, and fiction.
Explora Secondary SchoolsSecondary school students can find historical essays, biographies, maps, images and more to help with school projects and research.
A monumental study in comparative folklore, magic and religion, The Golden Bough shows parallels between the rites and beliefs, superstitions and taboos of early cultures and those of Christianity. It had a great impact on psychology and literature and remains an early classic anthropological resource.
In Search of Myths Heroes by Michael WoodFollows Michael Wood as he travels in search of the truth behind four famous legends. Explores not only the historical past and literal truth of these myths, but also the mythic past and archetypal stories behind them. Examines the Biblical myth of the Queen of Sheba, an exotic and mysterious woman of power who, with King Solomon, plays a key role in the founding myths of the modern states of Israel and Ethiopia. Traces the Celtic legend of King Arthur and its role in British literature. Asks whether the legendary Shangri-La as depicted in James Hilton's Lost horizon could have its roots in Indian views of Tibet or in the Tibetan Buddhist stories of the land of Shambhala, a paradise behind the Himalayas. Discusses the Greek hero Jason and his quest for the golden fleece.
Call Number: DVD 398.2 SEA (Located at front desk)