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Mythology For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5432-2
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384 pages
June 2002
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Introduction.

Part I: Mythology and the Cradle of Civilization.

Chapter 1: The Truth About Myths.

Chapter 2: That's Our Story and We're Sticking to It: The Legacy.

Part II: It Started Here, Folks: Greek Mythology.

Chapter 3: Greek Creation Myths and Really Ancient Greek Gods.

Chapter 4: Taller, Younger, and Better Looking Than You: The Olympian Gods.

Chapter 5: The Fairest and Meanest of Them All: The Greek Goddesses.

Chapter 6: So Fine and Half Divine: Heroes.

Chapter 7: The Iliad, the End of the Trojan War, and the Odyssey

Chapter 8: Greek Tragedy: The Days of Their Lives.

Part III: The Cultural Spoils of an Empire: Roman Mythology.

Chapter 9: Will the Real Roman Mythology Please Stand Up?

Chapter 10: Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen: Roman Religion.

Chapter 11: Virgil's Aeneid and The Founding of Rome.

Chapter 12: Don't Go Changin': Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Part IV: One Big Family Feud: Northern European Mythology.

Chapter 13: Snow, Ice, and Not Very Nice: Norse Deities.

Chapter 14: Dragonslayers: The Big Northern European Sagas.

Chapter 15: A Seat at the Round Table: King Arthur and His Court.

Part V: Some Sunblock, a Sacrifice, a Monster, and Thou: Non-European Mythology.

Chapter 16: Floods, Mud, and Gods: Mesopotamian and Hebrew Mythology.

Chapter 17: Three Cheers for Egypt: Ra, Ra, Ra!

Chapter 18: Land of a Thousand Gods: India.

Chapter 19: China: Tao . . . Wow!

Chapter 20: Japan: Myths from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Chapter 21: Latin America: It'll Tear Your Heart Out.

Chapter 22: Coyotes, Thunderbirds, and Bears, Oh My: North American Indian Myths.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Mythological Monsters.

Chapter 24: Ten Mythological Places.

Index.

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