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Lore of an Adirondack County
Edith E. Cutting
Edith E. Cutting provides an invaluable compilation of Adirondack folklore, from lumberjack songs to tall tales about drinking, hunting, and French Canadians. Also included are legends about hidden treasure, weather lore, stories about ghosts and...

The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld
Reading the Ancient Egyptian Amduat
Andreas Schweizer
Schweizer guides the reader through the Amduat, offering a psychological interpretation of its principal textual and iconographic elements. He draws on Jungian archetypes to identify similar expressions about the afterlife in other world...

Knowledge and Power through the Ages
Stephen Knight
Stephen Knight traces the myth of Merlin from to the early Welsh figure of Myrddin, through centuries of literature and art, and to contemporary examples of literature, film, and...

Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography
Mario Liverani
The essays included in this volume analyze important historical texts from various regions of the Ancient Near East. The distinguished Italian historian Mario Liverani suggests that these historiographical texts were of a "true" historical nature and...

The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus
Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern Times
Florian Ebeling
In this introduction to Hermeticism and its mythical founder, Florian Ebeling provides a concise overview of the Corpus Hermeticum and other writings attributed to Hermes, tracing their influence on Western thought from the ancient world to the present.

The "Odyssey" in Athens
Myths of Cultural Origins
Erwin F. Cook
A study in poetic interaction, The "Odyssey" in Athens explores the ways in which narrative structure and parallels within and between epic poems create or disclose meaning. Erwin F. Cook also broadens the scope of this intertextual approach to...

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.

His Life, Teaching, and Influence
Christoph Riedweg
One of the most important mathematical theorems is named after Pythagoras of Samos, but this semi-mythical Greek sage has more to offer than formulas. He is said to have discovered the numerical nature of the basic consonances and transposed the...

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...

The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels
Jan Bondeson
A successor to his popular book A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, this new collection of essays by Jan Bondeson illustrates various anomalies of human development, the lives of the remarkable individuals concerned, and social reactions to their...

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