Mythology

Download E-books The Goblin Gate PDF

By Hilari Bell

Jeriah’s brother, Tobin, is in poor danger.

He’s willingly crossed over to the Otherworld with a hedgewitch named Makenna and her legion of goblins. What Tobin doesn’t comprehend is that the Otherworld is a deadly measurement that would leech the magic from those that have it—and the existence from those that don’t. trying to find the most important to rescue Tobin, Jeriah is thrust right into a tangled internet of political intrigue as he uncovers a deadly mystery which could switch the destiny of a complete state. which will shop either his brother and the dominion, Jeriah needs to get support from the very beings he’s been taught to hate—the mischievous goblins. in the meantime, the clock is ticking for Tobin. . . .

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Download E-books The Medieval Christmas PDF

By Sophie Jackson

Medieval Christmas—roaring fires, yuletide logs, boar’s head on a platter, and carols. such a lot of of our best-loved traditions have their origins within the medieval interval that it'd be very unlikely to visualize the season with out holly and ivy, carol singers calling from door to door, and a normal feel of social gathering within the face of the most harsh season. Sophie Jackson investigates the roots of the Christmas occasion, supplying advice for recreating parts of the medieval Christmas at domestic, pointers on undefined, directions for enjoying medieval video games, and recipes for seasonal dishes. interesting proof approximately a few of our such a lot loved customs, similar to the nativity crib, are unearthed, as are a few which are much less good known—wassailing the apple timber, the ritual beating of kids on December 28, and the appointment of a Lord of Misrule and a boy bishop.

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Download E-books The Arabian Nights, Volume I: The Marvels and Wonders of The Thousand and One Nights: 1 (Signet Classics) PDF

Enjoy the undying stories of Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, and lots of extra during this first quantity of The Arabian Nights

Upon studying of his queen’s infidelity, proud King Shahryar has her killed. As revenge on womankind, he comes to a decision to wed a unique virgin each evening, in simple terms to have her beheaded at sunrise. Such is Shahryar’s perform for 3 bad years—until he weds Scheherazade, the maiden who will switch his life....

A breathtaking attractiveness, Scheherazade is as realized as she is sensuous. Her first evening with the king, she makes use of her mind's eye, her eloquence, and greater than a bit crafty to regale him with a story of genies and desires, properly slicing the tale brief at sunrise. The king is so beguiled, he can't have her murdered with no listening to the story’s finish. From then on, Scheherazade spends nights conjuring tales of flying carpets and fantastical trips, regularly preventing with a cliff-hanger—and saving her personal life.

This variation follows the unexpurgated translation of Richard F. Burton, the popular Victorian explorer. complex and creative, those tales inside of tales proceed to captivate readers as they've got for hundreds of years.

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Download E-books Baba Yaga Laid an Egg PDF

According to Slavic fable, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a home outfitted on bird legs and kidnaps young children. In Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, the world over acclaimed author Dubravka Ugresic takes the undying legend and spins it right into a clean and noticeably glossy story of femininity, getting older, identification, and love.

With barbed knowledge and razor-sharp wit, Ugresic weaves jointly the tales of 4 ladies in modern japanese Europe: a author who provides her loss of life mother’s ultimate want via touring to her place of birth in Bulgaria, an aged girl who wakes up each day hoping to die, a buxom blonde health facility employee who’s given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a mystery expertise for writing. in the course of the women’s fears and wishes, and their struggles opposed to invisibility, Ugresic provides a brilliantly postmodern retelling of an old fantasy that's infused with humanity and the enjoyment of storytelling.

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Download E-books Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Ovid

Metamorphoses--the best-known poem by means of one of many wittiest poets of classical antiquity--takes as its subject switch and transformation, as illustrated via Greco-Roman delusion and legend. Melville's new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of Ovid's type, and its smooth idiom bargains a clean figuring out of Ovid's distinct and elusive imaginative and prescient of reality.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from world wide. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different invaluable positive aspects, together with specialist introductions by means of major experts, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional examine, and lots more and plenty more.

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Download E-books The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia: The Story of the Colossal Sphinx in the Penn Museum PDF

Written to rejoice the centennial of the Sphinx's arrival in Philadelphia, The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia tells the attention-grabbing tale of the immense sphinx that may be a spotlight of the Penn Museum's Egyptian galleries and an iconic item for the Museum as an entire. The narrative covers the unique excavations and archaeological historical past of the Sphinx, the way it got here to Philadelphia, and the unforeseen ways that the Sphinx's tale intersects with the historical past of Philadelphia, the collage of Pennsylvania, and the Museum in advance of international battle I.

The ebook good points plentiful illustrations—photographs, letters, newspaper tales, postcards, maps, and drawings—drawn principally from the wide fabrics within the Museum files. pictures of similar artifacts within the Penn Museum's Egyptian assortment and different gadgets from the Egyptian, close to East, and Mediterranean Sections (many no longer on view and a few by no means sooner than published), in addition to items in museums within the usa, Europe, and Egypt, position the tale of the Penn Museum Sphinx in a much broader context. The writing kind is casual and textual content is woven round the pictures that shape the spine of the narrative. The e-book is designed to be of curiosity to a large viewers of grownup readers yet available and fascinating to more youthful readers as well.

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Download E-books Gilgamesh the King PDF

By Robert Silverberg

A exciting retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh, by means of one of many maximum storytellers of his generation
Gilgamesh’s urge for food for wine, ladies, and conflict is insatiable. because the King of Uruk, he oppresses his humans and burdens his urban. To mood his excesses, the gods create Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s equivalent, who turns into his maximum good friend. jointly they wander the dominion as brothers, conquering demons until eventually a merciless twist adjustments Gilgamesh’s direction endlessly. elements god and one half guy, Gilgamesh is mortal—a destiny he now resolves to beat, it doesn't matter what the cost. And so he embarks on one other trip, in pursuit of vengeance and the last word prize for a mortal king: everlasting life.
 

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Download E-books A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths (Brief Histories) PDF

The ebook leads the reader via those brilliant tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. all of the standard narratives are right here, besides a few much less known characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the ebook explains key matters coming up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance. This long-overdue publication crystallises 3 key components of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly features of Greek mythology merely frequently on hand in disparate kinds - specifically kid's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's attention-grabbing, extraordinary, and weird in addition to standard. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this attention-grabbing and demanding quantity.

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Download E-books The Clean House and Other Plays PDF

By Sarah Ruhl

“Passionate. Show-stopping. Daringly over-the-top and impressively constant in its delirious extra. The fresh House shines.”—New Haven Advocate

The fresh House isn't, in any way, a conventional boy-meets-girl tale. in truth sickness, demise, and grime are one of the matters it addresses. This comedy is romantic, deeply so, yet within the extra arcane feel of the observe: visionary, tinged with fable, extravagant in feeling, possibly a bit nuts.”—The big apple Times

“Touching, artistic, invigoratingly compact, and luminously liquid, Eurydice reframes the traditional fable of ill-fated like to concentration now not at the bereaved musician yet on his useless bride—and on her fight with love past the grave.”—San Francisco Chronicle

This quantity is the 1st booklet of Sarah Ruhl, “a playwright with a different comedian voice, viewpoint, and experience of theater” (Variety), who's quick leaving her mark at the American level. within the award-winning Clean House—a play of unusual romance and unusual comedy—a maid who hates cleansing desires approximately developing the best shaggy dog story, whereas a physician who treats melanoma leaves his middle inside of one in all his sufferers. This quantity additionally comprises Eurydice, Ruhl’s reinvention of the tragic Greek story of affection and loss, including a 3rd play nonetheless to be named.

Sarah Ruhl acquired the distinguished Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 for her play The fresh House, which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, and Woolly sizeable Theatre corporation in Washington, DC. Her play Eurydice has been produced at Madison Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Download E-books King Harald's Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway: From Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla (Penguin Classics) PDF

This compelling Icelandic historical past describes the lifetime of King Harald Hardradi, from his battles throughout Europe and Russia to his ultimate attack on England in 1066, below 3 weeks ahead of the invasion of William the Conqueror. It used to be a conflict that resulted in his dying and marked the top of an period during which Europe have been ruled via the specter of Scandinavian forces. regardless of England's triumph, it additionally performed a vital half in fatally weakening the English military instantly sooner than the Norman Conquest, altering the process heritage. Taken from the Heimskringla—Snorri Sturluson's whole account of Norway from prehistoric occasions to 1177—this is a brilliantly human depiction of the turbulent existence and savage demise of the final nice Norse warrior-king.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better via introductions and notes via special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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