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Robin Hood
A Mythic Biography
Stephen Knight
Knight looks at the different manifestations of Robin Hood at different times and places in a mythic biography with a thematic structure. Each of the book's four central chapters identifies a particular model of the hero, mythic or biographic.



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...



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...



The Gods of Egypt
Claude Traunecker
The Gods of Egypt, first published in France in 1992 and now in its third French edition, is a short, elegant, and highly accessible survey of ancient Egyptian religion. The clarity and brevity of Claude Traunecker's book make it especially valuable...



Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the "Odyssey"
Charles Segal
One of the special charms of the Odyssey, according to Charles Segal, is the way it transports readers to fascinating places. Yet despite the appeal of its narrative, the Odyssey is fully understood only when its style, design, and mythical...



The Search for God in Ancient Egypt
Jan Assmann
First English-language edition, with revisions and additions by the author. This classic work by one of the world's most distinguished Egyptologists was first published in German in 1984. The Search for God in Ancient Egypt offers a distillation of...



Singing the Past
Turkic and Medieval Heroic Poetry
Karl Reichl
Oral epic poetry is still performed by Turkic singers in Central Asia. On trips to the region, Karl Reichl collected heroic poems from the Uzbek, Kazakh, and Karakalpak oral traditions. Through a close analysis of these Turkic works, he shows...



The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History
Jan Bondeson, julia 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...



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...



Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger
In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual relations on the composition and interpretation of artistic performance. Placing special emphasis on women’s rituals, she looks at the...



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