Myths and Legends Hardback
Explore the world's great myths and legends, brought to life in this enthralling retelling of age-old stories passed down from generation to generation From the heroes of Ancient Greece to The Dreaming of Australian aborigines, here are the myths that, thousands of years after they were first told, are still relevant today. Unravel the meaning and context behind the myths, understand their cultural significance and discover the characters and themes.
Famous artworks and artefacts exploring scenes from myths are explored and annotated revealing the symbolism and meaning behind them.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2009
- Category: Folklore, myths & legends
- ISBN: 9781405335522
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Review by Cynical_Ames
This a visually stunning masterpiece with so many vibrant paintings (sometimes covering two pages), photos of artefacts, pretty illustrations and a wonderful gold and black colour scheme.<br/><br/>Myths and Legends is no encyclopaedia but it does cover the general myths of Europe, West and Central Asia, South and East Asia, Africa, the Americas including the Caribbean and Oceania with at least 20 pages on each. <br/><br/>Though a third of the book is about Europe there is enough on other parts of the world to give you a starting point to work from if you are interested in finding out more.<br/><br/>The myths range from Beowulf to Oedipus to Shiva to the myths of the Navajo (a tribe of Native Americans), the Maori, the Maya, the Taino (the first settlers of the Caribbean) and so many more. <br/> <br/>My only grievance is that the titles and artists of the stunning artwork showcased here are not always named.<br/><br/>Very well constructed and easy to read. Suitable for all ages.<br/>