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Hardcover Mythology: Tales of Ancient Civilizations Book

ISBN: 1567996647

ISBN13: 9781567996647

Mythology: Tales of Ancient Civilizations

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Tales of love and war, courage and pain, justice and tyranny, heroes and villains, and the relationship of humans to the divine powers are a common element of all cultures. This lavishly illustrated... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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A Fundamental Reader Regarding Mythology

In this beautifuly designed and illustrated book the mythologies of the ancient civilizations of the world are related in very readable fashion, capturing just the right amount of drama to create the feeling of reading a novel. There is a major emphasis on drawings and paintings of all eras that either directly reference particular myths or use those myths as subtle references for more contemporary depictions. The quality of research and writing is excellent. If there is one major shortcoming in this book it is only in the relatively small amount of discussion about controversial myths and the variable historical validity of myth referencing. But then what are myths if not arbitrary explanations for the mysteries that helped explain the universe before the advent of modern science? This is a fine reference book, a lovely art book, and an affordable coffee table book I would place on a list of "Books as Gifts" for the art lovers.
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