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Don't Know Much About® Mythology

Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned

by Kenneth C. Davis

On Sale: 08/15/2006

Price: $14.99

Don't Know Much About® Mythology

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Don't Know Much About® Mythology

Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned

by Kenneth C. Davis

On Sale: 08/15/2006

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Price: $14.99

About the Book

Where do we come from? Why do stars shine and the seasons change? What is evil? Since the beginning of time, people have answered these and other questions with stories, which in turn have been passed down through the ages. In Don’t Know Much About® Mythology, Kenneth Davis introduces and explains the great myths of the world, as well as the works of literature that have made them famous. Readers will learn about Mesopotamia’s Gilgamesh; 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.

Using his popular question and answer format, Davis demonstrates the ways in which the gods and heroes of yesterday continue to speak to us in modern movies, art, language, music, and religions. From Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse, here is an insightful and lively look at the greatest stories ever told.

Kenneth C. Davis speaks often on national television and radio. His USA Weekend column is seen weekly by millions of readers. In addition to his adult titles, he writes the Don’t Know Much About® Kids series published by HarperCollins. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

“Ken Davis is the high school teacher we all wish we’d had — smart, funny, and irreverent.” — Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible

Critical Praise

“...ranges widely and with such sparkling wit...a superb starting point for entering the world of mythology.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Davis is clearly the owner of a questing mind....An accessible and informed guide to an always-fascinating subject.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A massive overview of every myth under the sun. Davis shatters commonly held myths about myths.” - Daily News

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060932572
  • ISBN 10: 0060932570
  • Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 08/15/2006
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.895 in (d)
  • Pages: 560
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Europe / Greece (see also Ancient / Greece)
  • BISAC2 : RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology