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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

By Edith Hamilton

Given that its unique book via Little, Brown and corporate in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has offered hundreds of thousands of copies through the international and verified itself as a perennial bestseller in its quite a few on hand codecs: hardcover, alternate paperback, mass industry paperback, and booklet. Mythology succeeds like no different booklet in bringing to lifestyles for the fashionable reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends which are the keystone of Western tradition - the tales of gods and heroes that experience encouraged human creativity from antiquity to the current.

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Helen of Troy

By Margaret George

Acclaimed writer Margaret George tells the tale of the mythical Greek lady whose face "launched one thousand ships" during this New York Times bestseller.

The Trojan warfare, fought approximately twelve hundred years sooner than the beginning of Christ, and mentioned in Homer's Iliad, maintains to hang-out us as a result of its origins: one woman's good looks, a traveling prince's ardour, and a love that led to tragedy.

Laden with doom, but outstanding in its moments of innocence and wonder, Helen of Troy is a gorgeous page-turner with a forged of impossible to resist, mythical characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, in addition to Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of fabric that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to lifestyles a warfare that we've got all realized approximately yet by no means ahead of skilled.

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The Last Days of Magic: A Novel

By Mark L. Tompkins

“Fantastic . . . a good, fantastically distinctive ebook and an pleasing read.”
—DIANA GABALDON, THE WASHINGTON POST

"A fantastical treat." 
PEOPLE

“Simultaneously sweeping and complex . . . Tompkins’s striking debut novel conjures an epic conflict for the soul of eire. full of papal machination and royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and queens, angels and goddesses, this can be one wild and breathless ride.” 
—KAREN pleasure FOWLER

“Plundering the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a delusion event with the transferring views of dreamscape. a singular wealthy and strange.”
—GERALDINE BROOKS

What grew to become of magic on the planet? Who had to cast off it, and for what purposes? Drawing on fable, legend, fairy stories, and Biblical mysteries, The final Days of Magic brilliantly imagines solutions to those questions, sweeping us again to an international the place people and magical beings co-exist as they'd for centuries.
         
Aisling, a goddess in human shape, used to be born to rule either domain names and—with her dual, Anya—unite the Celts with the robust faeries of the center country. yet inside medieval eire pursuits are divided, and much from its beaches better forces are mustering. either England and Rome have a stake in using magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disillusioned Europe, has outfitted a profession on such plots. yet more and more he unearths himself torn among responsibility and his wish to comprehend the magic that has been forbidden.
         
As kings organize, exorcists assemble, and divisions widen among the warring clans of eire, Aisling and Jordan needs to come to phrases with powers given and withheld, whereas a global which can nonetheless foster magic hangs within the stability. Loyalties are demonstrated, betrayals sown, and the arriving battle could have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and specifically for a tender graduate pupil named Sara Hill.
         
The final Days of Magic
introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for energy, human frailty, and the eager for wisdom that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a awesome tale—a feat of world-building that poses marvelous and resonant solutions to epic questions.

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The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History (Bollingen Series (General))

By Mircea Eliade

This founding paintings of the historical past of religions, first released in English in 1954, secured the North American recognition of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making connection with an fantastic variety of cultures and drawing on scholarship released in at the least part a dozen ecu languages, Eliade's The delusion of the everlasting Return makes either intelligible and compelling the non secular expressions and actions of a wide selection of archaic and "primitive" spiritual cultures. whereas acknowledging go back to the "archaic" isn't any longer attainable, Eliade passionately insists at the worth of figuring out this view with a purpose to improve our modern mind's eye of what it truly is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new advent offers the contextual heritage to the publication and offers a serious define of Eliade's argument in a fashion that encourages readers to interact in an educated dialog with this vintage text.

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Deadly Descendant (Nikki Glass Series)

By Jenna Black

The moment novel in a special and action-packed city delusion sequence from the acclaimed writer of the Morgan Kingsley series! 

An old evil is unleashed within the glossy international— except one fearless P.I. can hunt it down. . . . Nikki Glass, Immortal Huntress, returns during this new novel within the acclaimed sequence via Jenna Black.

As a residing descendant of Artemis the Huntress, inner most investigator Nikki Glass is familiar with tips on how to music a person down. but if an Oracle exhibits up, caution the Descendants approximately wild puppy assaults in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it would be a capture. The Olympians think the “dogs” are quite jackals, managed by means of a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. no matter what. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s received to capture him within the act. but if she stakes out a neighborhood cemetery, she finally ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose chunk is worse than their bark. those hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backward could be “god,” yet that won’t cease Nikki from educating those outdated gods a few new methods. Like taking part in lifeless.

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Ragnarok: The End of the Gods (Myths)

By A. S. Byatt

Lately evacuated to the British geographical region and with global conflict raging round her, one younger woman is suffering to make experience of her lifestyles. Then she is given a e-book of historic Norse legends and her internal and outer worlds are reworked. Intensely autobigraphical and linguistically lovely, this publication is a landmark paintings of fiction from one among Britain's really nice writers. Intensely well timed it's a publication approximately how tales can provide us the braveness to stand our personal loss of life. The Ragnarok delusion, another way referred to as the Twilight of the Gods, performs out the endgame of Norse mythology. it's the fable during which the gods Odin, Freya and Thor die, the sunlight and moon are swallowed by means of the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Midgard eats his personal story as he crushes the realm and the seas boil with poison. it is just after such enormous demise and destruction that the area can commence anew. This epic fight supplied the perfect climax to Wagner's Ring Cycle and simply as Wagner was once encouraged by way of Norse delusion so Byatt has taken this awesome finale and used it because the underpinning of this hugely own and politically charged retelling

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Greek Tragedies, Volume 3: Aeschylus: The Eumenides; Sophocles: Philoctetes, Oedipus at Colonus; Euripides: The Bacchae, Alcestis (3rd Edition)

By Richmond Lattimore, David Grene, Mark Griffith, Glenn W. Most

Greek Tragedies, quantity III comprises Aeschylus’s “The Eumenides,” translated via Richmond Lattimore; Sophocles’s “Philoctetes,” translated via David Grene; Sophocles’s “Oedipus at Colonus,” translated by way of Robert Fitzgerald; Euripides’s “The Bacchae,” translated by way of William Arrowsmith; and Euripides’s “Alecestis,” translated through Richmond Lattimore.

Sixty years in the past, the collage of Chicago Press undertook a momentous undertaking: a brand new translation of the Greek tragedies that may be the final word source for academics, scholars, and readers. They succeeded. lower than the professional administration of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, these translations mixed accuracy, poetic immediacy, and readability of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so vigorous and compelling that they continue to be the normal translations. this present day, Chicago is taking pains to make sure that our Greek tragedies stay the prime English-language models through the twenty-first century.

In this hugely expected 3rd version, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. such a lot have rigorously up to date the translations to carry them even towards the traditional Greek whereas holding the vibrancy for which our English models are well-known. This variation additionally contains brand-new translations of Euripides’ Medea, the kids of Heracles, Andromache, and Iphigenia one of the Taurians, fragments of misplaced performs by way of Aeschylus, and the surviving part of Sophocles’s satyr-drama The Trackers. New introductions for every play supply crucial information regarding its first creation, plot, and reception in antiquity and past. moreover, every one quantity comprises an advent to the existence and paintings of its tragedian, in addition to notes addressing textual uncertainties and a word list of names and locations pointed out within the plays.

In addition to the hot content material, the volumes were reorganized either inside of and among volumes to mirror the main up to date scholarship at the order within which the performs have been initially written. the result's a suite of good-looking paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to those foundational works of Western drama, artwork, and existence.

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The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

By Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask

Within the Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that whereas modern humans think their international is totally profane, or secular, they nonetheless now and then locate themselves hooked up unconsciously to the reminiscence of whatever sacred. It's this premise that either drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in house, time, nature and the cosmos, and existence itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human adventure.

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