Press: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (November 8, 2005)
Author Name:Davis, Kenneth C.
Employing the popular Don't Know Much About® style, with its familiar question-and-answer format, DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MYTHOLOGY will explore the myths of the world, their impact on history, and their continuing role in our lives.
It will offer listeners a wide-ranging, comprehensive, entertaining and listenable survey of the great myths of world civilizations, how they came to be, what they meant to the people who created them, how they influenced society, literature and art through history, and how they still speak to us today.
Mythology is alive today in our art, literature, theatre, dreams, psychology--and certainly our language.
"Pandora's Box," "Golden Fleece," "Labor of Hercules," and "Wheel of Fortune" are just a few of the words and phrases that come from a world of mythology and still color our speech.
Using humor, contemporary references, and anecdotal material from mythology, extensive research based on recent archaeology which often reveals the history behind mythology and surprising information that breaks down conventional wisdom, DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MYTHOLOGY will ultimately be about stories--the great and timeless tales that have fascinated people around the planet for several millennia.
When you hear an old, old story, do you know the fundamental things that apply? Kenneth C.
Davis retells ancient myths and legends, explaining the cultures in which they developed and relating them to life today.
John Lee reads with an authoritative British voice but brings with it a humor that makes the relationships Davis draws plausible -- as when he explains that you couldn't go into a bar on a Friday night, have a beer, and ask a potential date, "What's your sign?" without the Mesopotamians, who invented the days of the week, beer, and astrology.
The material is familiar to anyone who's taken a mythology class, but it's a fun refresher or introduction for newcomers.
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