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Book Title: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: An A-Z Guide to the Myths and Legends of the Ancient World|
The author of the book: Arthur Cotterell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 515 KB
Edition: Hermes House
Date of issue: January 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780681617346
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Reader ratings: 7.4
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The book is oversize and has over 1,000 entries over hundreds of pages. It's bulky, but it's lavishly illustrated which makes the full size worthwhile, if you're into those kinds of things.
I think the Goodreads summary can give as good a feel as anything for this book: "An authoritative A to Z of the mythical figures of two great continents, with copious cross-references." Yeah, those "two great continents" are, you guessed it, Europe and Asia. I have to downrate this book for calling itself the Ultimate when it's so consciously narrow in scope. For a broader text, try The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols; for a deeper text of Greek myths, try Hamilton's Mythology; for a scholarly review of myths, try Joseph Campbell, such as Hero with a Thousand Faces.
That being said, the book isn't so bad and I do like it. The entries are for the general public, telling myths you may already know but with different detail or perspective. The cross referencing is useful. Also, I really like how they do give a good balance to myths throughout Eurasia, covering Celtic, Norse, Roman, Greek, Islamic, West Asian, Indian, Chinese and Japanese myths without preferential treatment. No, it's not exhaustive even for those continents, and it would take several volumes to even make a decent attempt to do that. This is for casual interest reading, to put on the coffee table or to take off the wall on slow, rainy days, or to follow up for more info after watching a cool TV show or movie.
The thing about these more or less generic, easy reading reference books is that Wikipedia is quickly approaching them on every topic if it hasn't outdone them already. They don't have the rigor, depth, or thoroughness to appeal to a specialist, and there's not much more to hold on to, unless you want to kill some time and check out the cool pictures.
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