A Dictionary of World Mythology

Arthur Cotterell
Pub date
Apr 1986
Oxford Quick Reference
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  • Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania 
  • Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived 
  • Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area 

The powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents all reflect very different civilizations, yet they also demonstrate the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown. Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. 

About the author: 

Arthur Cotterell is Principal of Kingston upon Thames College of Further Education. He has written several books on the ancient civilizations of East Asia and is the editor of The Penguin Encyclopaedia of Ancient Civilizations and The Cassell Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Myths and Legends.

"An excellent reference book, as well as a good book for dipping into at leisure." - Greek Review

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