How did humans discover fire? What are the songs of Milarepa? And who was the Pied Piper of Hamelin? These vibrant tales of deities, heroes, villains, monsters, and magical animals have enthralled audiences across the centuries.
Myths of the World gathers some 250 of the greatest stories ever told, all organized by region into 18 cultures and prefaced with a scene-setting introduction that examines the meaning of mythology.
- The quests of Gawain in the ancient forests of Britain
- The legendary heroics of El Cid in Spain
- How the Native American heroine Spider Woman provided her people with the skills they needed to survive
- How the supernatural ancestors of the Australian aboriginals dreamed the world into existence
- and more
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After studying History at Oxford, Tony Allan worked for many years with Time-Life Books; he served as series editor of the Time-Life History of the World and as an author and consultant on Myth and Mankind, a 20-volume study of comparative mythology. He is the author of Vikings, Ancient Rome, The Archaeology of the Afterlife, The Symbol Detective, and The Mythic Bestiary, all published by Duncan Baird.
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