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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: the Myths and Legends of the Ancient Worlds, from Greece, Rome and Egypt to the Norse and Celtic Lands, Through Persia and India to China and the Far East

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: the Myths and Legends of the Ancient Worlds, from Greece, Rome and Egypt to the Norse and Celtic Lands, Through Persia and India to China and the Far East

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By (author) Arthur Cotterell, By (author) Rachel Storm

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  • Publisher: SOUTHWATER
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 218mm x 30mm | 1,247g
  • Publication date: 16 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 178019188X
  • ISBN 13: 9781780191881
  • Illustrations note: over 1000 photographs
  • Sales rank: 57,199

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This title deals with the myths and legends of the ancient worlds, from Greece, Rome and Egypt to the Norse and Celtic lands, through Persia and India to China and the Far East. It is a comprehensive A to Z of the classic stories of gods and goddesses, heroes, warriors and mythical beasts, with copious cross-references. Over 1000 alphabetical entries describe the central mythical figures of each culture and their importance to the ancient civilizations of their day. It is beautifully illustrated with over 1000 images spanning fifteen centuries of fine art, from the ancient world to the present, including specially commissioned artworks. It presents superb pictorial spreads on the mythical themes and symbols central to each culture. Timeless in scope and appeal, it is a classic and enduring reference work by two expert authorities. In this important volume, the mythologies of the ancient world are brought to life. In the first half, author Arthur Cotterell describes the central mythical figures of classical Greece and Rome, the Celtic heroes and the Nordic gods. In the second part, author Rachel Storm expertly leads us through the powerful pantheon of gods and goddesses of the East from Ancient Egypt, through Central Asia, to the dragon festivals of eastern lands. Pictorial features focus on recurring mythological themes, including heroes, oracles and prophecies. This comprehensive guide to the myths and legends of two great continents is timeless in its universal appeal.

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Arthur Cotterell has lectured and written widely on the mythologies and ancient civilizations of the world. He is Principal of Kingston College in London, and author of the best-selling Dictionary of World Mythology, as well as books on the civilizations of East Asia. Rachel Storm is a journalist and author specializing in religion, alternative religion and spirituality. Her works include In Search of Heaven and The Sacred Sea. She has written introductions to several books on mythology.