By Robert Graves
By Richard Shenkman
“Was there fairly a valiant little Dutch boy, a protesting girl Godiva, a fiddling Nero, or a prudish Queen Victoria? No, says Shenkman ….No individual, occasion, or factor is secure from Shenkman’s corrections.”
Founder of George Mason University’s historical past information community and bestselling writer of Presidential Ambition and One evening Stands with American History, Rick Shenkman is an historian, a insurgent, and a fantasy debunker par excellence. In Legends, Lies & adored Myths of global History, he explodes one of the most commemorated and long-held misconceptions approximately kings and despots, wars and empires, religions, innovations, from the honor days of the Roman Empire to the darkish days of global conflict . interesting, edifying, and irreverent, here's the genuine international heritage you have been by no means taught in school—for background buffs and proven trivialities fans all over!
By Nora Clark
Aphrodite and Venus in delusion and Mimesis is a extensive, versatile resource publication of comparative literature and cultural experiences. It promotes the wide-ranging presence and effect of well known idiosyncratic personalities in fabled goddess mythology and its emphatic notions of endearment and attract. The booklet brings jointly seven-hundred stated resources drawn from successive ancient, worldwide and literary eras, together with significant commentaries, in addition to actual details and critical renditions in paintings, prose and verse, inside of and past mainstream western tradition. A long, particular creation provides a copious documented preview of the attainable model and mimesis of 'divine' characterization and its respective centrality from the lengthy far away previous to the current day. fable, not often latent, demonstrates diversified modes of expression and open-ended flexibility in the course of the six accomplished chapters which light up and probe, in flip, facets of the ideological presence, sensibilities, trials and triumphs and interventions of the goddess, even if sacred or profane. specific literary extracts and episodes diversity throughout historic cultures along fairly contemporary expressions of hermeneutics, mixing delusion with the modern within the multi-layered reception or admonishment of the goddess, no matter if by means of one designation or the opposite. As such, this booklet is thoroughly suitable to all levels of the evolution and growth of a dynamic ecu literary tradition and its top authors and personalities.
By Karen Armstrong
By Dan Karlan, Allan Lazar, Jeremy Salter
From Santa Claus to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Uncle Sam to Uncle Tom, here's a compelling, eye-opening, and ceaselessly exciting compendium of fictional trendsetters and world-shakers who've contributed to shaping our tradition and our lives. The one zero one such a lot Influential those that by no means Lived bargains attention-grabbing histories of our so much cherished, hated, feared, and respected invented icons and the indelible marks they made on civilization, together with:
# 28: Rosie the Riveter, the buff, blue-collar manufacturing facility employee who helped jump-start the Women's Liberation flow
# 7: Siegfried, the mythical warrior-hero of Teutonic nationalism accountable for propelling Germany into global wars
# eighty: Icarus, the headstrong high-flyer who encouraged the Wright brothers and humankind's goals of defying gravity . . . whereas demonstrating the urgent want for flight assurance
# fifty eight: Saint Valentine, the hapless, de-canonized loser who misplaced his middle and head at in regards to the related time
# forty three: Barbie, the bodacious plastic babe who grew to become a task version for thousands of little women, environment an very unlikely average for attractiveness and elegance
By Kenneth C. Davis
what's an Egyptian pyramid doing at the U. S. greenback invoice?
Did a pharaoh encourage Moses to worship one God?
What’s a Canaanite demoness doing at a rock live performance?
because the starting of time, humans were insatiably curious. They’ve requested questions on the place we come from, why the celebs shine and the seasons swap, and what constitutes evil. The creative solutions crafted by way of our ancestors have served as faith, technological know-how, philosophy, and well known literature. during this most up-to-date installment of the New York Times bestselling Don’t understand a lot About® sequence, Kenneth C. Davis introduces and explains the nice myths of the area utilizing his attractive and delightfully irreverent question-and-answer sort. He tackles the epic of Gilgamesh; Achilles and the Trojan warfare; Stonehenge and the Druids; Odin, Thor, and the complete Norse pantheon; local American myths, and lots more and plenty extra, together with the dramatic existence and occasions of the fellow who will be Buddha. From Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, this is an insightful, full of life examine the best tales ever informed.
By Gustav Schwab
From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mom, this choice of vintage stories from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible energy of a undying cultural legacy.
listed below are Icarus flying too just about the sunlight, robust Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel, the Trojans and their wood horse, courageous Perseus and gorgeous Andromeda, wandering Odysseus and steadfast Penelope. Their tales and the tales of the strong gods and goddesses who punish and present, who fall in love with and are enraged through the people they've got created, are set forth easily yet movingly, in language that keeps the ability and drama of the unique works by way of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Homer. In Gustav Schwab’s masterful retelling, they're made available to readers of all ages.
Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folklore Library
The chosen adventures of Persia's Hercules, from Iran's nice nationwide epic
No knowing of worldwide mythology is entire with no acquaintance with Rostam, Iran's such a lot celebrated mythological hero. in keeping with the Shahnameh (the tenth-century Book of Kings), this titan, fantastic in power and braveness, bestrode Persia for 500 years. whereas he frequently served fickle kings - present process many trials of strive against, crafty, and persistence - he was once by no means their servant and owed allegiance purely to his nation's larger sturdy. somebody drawn to folklore, global literature, or Iranian tradition will locate Rostam either a rousing and illuminating read.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through international heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more desirable by way of introductions and notes via wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations through award-winning translators.
By Margo Lanagan
On distant Rollrock Island, males visit sea to make their livings—and to seize their wives.
The witch Misskaella understands the way in which of drawing a lady from the guts of a seal, of luring the wonder out of the beast. And for a cost a guy might purchase himself a stunning sea-wife. He can have and carry and maintain her. And he will inform himself that he's her grasp. yet from his first investigate these vast, wondering, liquid eyes, he'll be simply as reworked as she. he'll be both ensnared. And the witch may have her actual payment.
Margo Lanagan weaves a unprecedented story of wish, depression, and transformation. With devastatingly attractive prose, she finds characters in a position to unspeakable cruelty, but in addition unstated love.
By Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti
A new prophecy results in a perilous quest.
When Percy gets an pressing misery name from Grover, he instantly prepares for conflict. He is aware he will desire his robust demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his facet; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and a journey from his mother.
The demigods race to the rescue, simply to discover that Grover has made a big discovery: new robust half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. yet that is not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has arrange his such a lot devious seize but, and the younger heroes have simply fallen prey.
Now, Percy and his neighbors are confronted with their most deadly challenge-the chilling prophecy of the Titan's Curse. they have to rescue the goddess Artemis through the wintry weather Solstice, or all might be misplaced together with Annabeth.
Rick Riordan's the world over best-selling The Titan's Curse turns into a image novel within the palms of comic-book luminaries Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, and Gregory Guilhaumond.