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After Antiquity
Greek Language, Myth, and Metaphor
Margaret Alexiou
With the publication of Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition, widely considered a classic in Modern Greek studies and in collateral fields, Margaret Alexiou established herself as a major intellectual innovator on the interconnections among ancient...



The Anger of Achilles
Mênis in Greek Epic
Leonard Muellner
"Menis opens for consideration an immense range of significant poetic possibilities, not the least of which is that of an ethical sense for the term."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Henceforth no one will be able to claim that menis merely connotes...



Ariadne's Thread
A Guide to International Stories in Classical Literature
William Hansen
From Cinderella to The Boy Who Cried Wolf to The Dragon Slayer to the Judgment of Solomon, certain legends, myths, and folktales are part of the oral tradition in countries around the world. In addition to their pervasiveness, these stories show an...



Conversing with Angels and Ancients
Literary Myths of Medieval Ireland
Joseph Falaky Nagy
How does a written literature come into being within an oral culture, and how does such a literature achieve and maintain its authority? Joseph Falaky Nagy addresses those issues in his wide-ranging reading of the medieval literature of Ireland, from...



Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt
Jan Assmann
Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a remarkably comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt.



Desperate Magic
The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia
Valerie Kivelson
Kivelson places Russian witchcraft trials of the seventeenth century in the legal, social, and religious context of early modern Russia—and in comparison with witch hunts of Western Europe and elsewhere.



The Devil
Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity
Jeffrey Burton Russell
This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil and its personification as the Devil from ancient times to the period of the New Testament and across cultures and civilizations.



The Empty Seashell
Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island
Nils Bubandt
In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable.



The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History
Jan Bondeson
In his new collection of essays, Jan Bondeson tells ten fascinating stories of myths and hoaxes, beliefs and Ripley-like facts, concerning the animal kingdom.



The Formation of Hell
Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds
Alan E. Bernstein
"An absorbing history."—Washington Post Book World



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