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v, 176 p. ; 22 cm.
  • 1. Encountering Myth-- 2. Types and Theories of Myth-- 3. Creation Myths-- 4. The Hero's Journey: The Warrior-- 5. The Hero's Journey: The Saviour-- 6. Eschatological Myth: The End of the World-- 7. Myths of Evil-- 8. Nationalistic Myth-- 9. The Sources of Myth-- 10. The Psychology of Myth-- 11. Mythologists-- 12. Modern Myth.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781847062345 20160527
This book presents an accessible introduction to the complex topic of Myth. Ellwood examines theories, meanings and interpretations, all of which are structured around a typical programme of study. Myth is a complex but vital component of an understanding of religion, and issues surrounding the modern discipline of mythology are often fraught with difficulty. In "Myth: Key Concepts in Religion" students will find all the tools they need to achieve an understanding of this complicated topic.Structured around a typical programme of study, Robert Ellwood's accessible introduction covers all the major theories concerning the meaning and interpretation of myth, from structuralist to psychoanalystic, and includes illustrative examples throughout, including modern literary and cinematic myths, from "The Lord of the Rings" to "Star Wars.""Key Concepts in Religion" is a series of concise, accessible and engaging introductions to the core ideas and subjects encounters in the study of religion. Specially written to meet the need of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, religion, the books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781847062345 20160527
Green Library

2. Classical myth [2009]

x, 694 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • CONTENTS Preface Part I Definitions and Background 1. The Nature of Myth 2. The Cultural Context of Classical Myth 3. The Development of Classical Myth Part II Divine Myth 4. Myths of Creation: The Rise of Zeus 5. Myths of Creation:The Origins of Mortals 6. Myths of the Olympians: Zeus, His Wife Hera, and His Brothers 7. Myths of the Olympians: The Male Deities 8. Myths of the Olympians: The Female Deities 9. Myths of Fertility: Demeter 10. Myths of Fertility: Dionysus 11. Myths of Death: Encounters with the Underworld Part III Legends 12. Introduction to Heroic Myth 13. Perseus and Myths of the Argive Plain 14. Heracles 15. Theseus and the Myths of Athens 16. The Myths of Crete 17. Oedipus and the Myths of Thebes 18. Jason and the Myths of Iolcus and Calydon 19. The Trojan War 20. The Fall of Troy and its Aftermath 21. The Return of Odysseus Part IV Roman Myth 22. Legends of Aeneas 23. Legends of Early Rome Part V Interpretation 24. Theories of Myth Interpretation List of Perspectives 1.1 The Brothers Grimm 4.1 Goya's Saturn Devouring His Children 4.2 The Biblical Creation Story 5.1 Prometheus and the Romantics 6.1 The Loves of Zeusin European Art 6.2 The Three Graces 7.1 Bernini's Apollo and Daphne 7.2 Pan and Pastoral Tradition 8.1 Venus: Images of Beautyin European Art 9.1 Rossetti's Proserpina Holding the Pomegranate 9.2 H.D.'s "Adonis" 10.1 Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne 10.2 Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy 11.1 Michelangelo's The Sibyl of Cumae 11.2 Dante's Inferno 12.1 J.R.R. Tolkien's Hero in The Lord of the Rings 13.1 Vasari's Perseus and Andromeda 13.2 Classical Myth and the Stars 14.1 Daumier's Hercules in the Augean Stables 15.1 Boccaccio's Misfortunes of Famous Men 16.1 Picasso's Minotauromachia 16.2 Brueghel's The Fall of Icarus 17.1 Gustave Moreau's Oedipus and the Sphinx 18.1 Seneca's Medea 18.2 Delacroix's Medee 19.1 Yeats' "Leda and the Swan" 19.2 The Beauty of Helen 20.1 The Trojan War in European Art 20.2 Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida 21.1 Ulysses 21.2 The Legends of Odysseus in European Art 21.3 Cavafy's "Ithaca" 22.1 Aeneas, Augustus, and Mussolini 23.1 David's Oath of the Horatii 23.2 The Lucretia of Rembrandt and Shakespeare 24.1 Apuleius' Allegory of Cupid and Psyche Maps I. The Ancient Mediterranean (inside front cover) II. Southern and Central Greece IV. The Ancient Near East V. Ancient Italy VI. Imperial Rome VII. Greece, the Aegean, and Western Asia Minor (inside back cover).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780136061717 20160528
Comprehensive and scholarly, this well-designed text presents Greek and Roman myths in a lively and easy-to-read manner. The material has been rearranged to make it easier to find and the new edition has been streamlined. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations (ancient and modern) of classical myths and legends, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told. It also provides a cultural context so that readers can see how mythology has influenced the world and how it continues to influence society today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780136061717 20160528
Green Library

3. Rāmāyaṇa [2005 - ]

volumes ; 17 cm.
  • bk. 1. Boyhood / translated by Robert P. Goldman ; with a foreword by Amartya Sen
  • bk. 2. Ayodhyā / translated by Sheldon I. Pollock
  • bk. 3. The Forest / translated by Sheldon Pollock
  • bk. 4. Kiṣkindhā / translated by Rosalind Lefeber
  • bk. 5. Sundara / translated Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman
Rama goes to the monkey capital of Kishkindha to seek help in finding Sita, and meets Hanuman, the greatest of the monkey heroes. There are two claimants for the monkey throne, Valin and Sugriva; Rama helps Sugriva win the throne, and in return Sugriva promises to help in the search for Sita. The monkey hordes set out in every direction to scour the world, but without success until an old vulture tells them she is in Lanka. Hanuman promises to leap over the ocean to Lanka to pursue the search. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814752074 20170130
The skies darken for the exiles, who have taken refuge in forest hermitages. First one demon, then another, attempts to harm or corrupt them. When these efforts fail, an army of demons is sent, and then a bigger one, but each time Rama again defeats them. Finally Ravana, the supreme lord of the demons, decides to cripple Rama by capturing Sita; he traps her, and carries her off under heavy guard to the island fortress of Lanka. Rama is distraught by grief, and searches everywhere without success. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814767221 20170130
Rama, the crown prince of the City of Ayodhya, is a model son and warrior. He is sent by his father the king to rescue a sage from persecution by demons, but must first kill a fearsome ogress. That done, he drives out the demons, restores peace, and attends a tournament in the neighboring city of Mithila; here he bends the bow that no other warrior can handle, winning the prize and the hand of Sita, the princess of Mithila. Valmiki's Ramayana is one of the two great national epics of India, the source revered throughout South Asia as the original account of the career of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Vishnu. The first book, "Boyhood, " introduces the young hero Rama and sets the scene for the adventures ahead. It begins with a fascinating excursus on the origins and function of poetry itself. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814731635 20170130
The fifth and most popular book of the Ramayana of Valmiki, Sundara recounts the adventures of the monkey hero Hanuman leaping across the ocean to the island citadel of Lanka. Once there, he scours the city for the abducted Princess Sita. The poet vividly describes the opulence of the court of the demon king, Ravana, the beauty of his harem, and the hideous deformity of Sita's wardresses. After witnessing Sita's stern rejection of Ravana's blandishments, Hanuman reveals himself to the princess, shows her Rama's signet ring as proof of identity, and offers to carry her back to Rama. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814731789 20170130
The king decides to abdicate in favor of Rama; but just as the celebrations reach their climax, a court intrigue forces Rama and Sita into fourteen years banishment; they dutifully accept their fate, and go off to the jungle. The other brothers refuse to benefit from his misfortune, which leaves nobody to run the city; eventually one of them is persuaded to act as regent, but only consents to do so on condition that he lives outside the city and acts in Rama's name. "Ayodhya" is Book Two of Valmiki's national Indian epic, The Ramayana. The young hero Rama sets out willingly from the capital with wife and brother for a fourteen-year banishment, which will entail great suffering and further difficult choices in the books ahead. Of the seven books of this great Sanskrit epic, "Ayodhya" is the most human, and it remains one of the best introductions to the social and political values of traditional India. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780814767160 20170130
Green Library

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