In this Comprehensive collection of tales from long ago are found all the legendary heroes and heroines and the tragic figures of ancient times: Iris, Osiris, Gilgamesh, Hercules, and Pandora, to name just a few. These primal stories, long held sacred, have carried their deeply human significance throughout the centuries.
Padraic Colum brings these stories to life again by recalling the rhythm and melody of traditional storytelling.
He also shows the close relationship between past cultures, including stories from ancient Egypt and Babylon, Greece and Rome, Ireland and Iceland, China and Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, and Peru.
'As a tour of the world's great civilizations and the myths that give voice to their cultures, Padraic Colum's stands out as being not only sweeping in scope but beautiful in voice. Colum has selected what I will call 'keystone myths' from the ancient cultures that have informed our modern world. This one-volume edition carries within its covers more cultural heartbeats and beautiful vision than any other single book I can think of. Myths of the World is a book to enjoy throughout a lifetime. In Waldorf education, many of these myths are at the heart of 4th and 5th grade curricula.' -- Bob and Nancy's Waldorf Bookstore 'The interest of this book lies in its scope and in the engaging way in which the myths are recounted. Suitable for bedtime reading either to yourself or your children.' -- Scientific and Medical Network Review
For Ages: 7 - 10 years old
For Grades: 2 - 5
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Floris Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised