Where do we come from? Why do stars shine and the seasons change? What is evil? Since the beginning of time, people have answered such questions by crafting imaginative stories that have served as religion, science, philosophy, and popular literature. In his irreverent and popular question-and-answer style, Davis introduces and explains the great myths of the world, as well as the works of literature that have made them famous. In a single volume, he tackles Mesopotamia's Gilgamesh, the first hero in world mythology; Achilles and the Trojan War; Stonehenge and the Druids; Thor, the Nordic god of thunder; Chinese oracle bones; the use of peyote in ancient Native American rites; and the dramatic life and times of the man who would be Buddha.
Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes, from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse, continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.
©2005 Kenneth C. Davis; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
"Ranges widely and with such sparkling wit....A superb starting point for entering the world of mythology." (Publishers Weekly)
Davis has given us another well written and informative overview of a pretty complex subject. He's not too deep, and he's no scholar, but he never pretends to be. Rather, its just what you would expect: a good starting point for anyone interested in learning a little about a huge topic. He has not yet matched the humor and wit found in the history volume, but he's always entertaining nonetheless. Learn what you can from Davis and go deeper with someone like Edith Hamilton or Joseph Campbell. Good stuff.
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