PREFACE

This collection of world myths, although comprehensive, is not intended to be exhaustive and might well be supplemented by a good general encyclopedia or dictionary of mythology, as well as by modern editions of the major Greek and Roman epics and the Greek tragedies. The myths selected are representative of the cultures in question, with some emphasis on myths that have influenced the creative arts in Western culture. These myths are used to illustrate a process by which an approach to myth is gradually revealed. This approach, essentially archetypal in nature, will be of particular use to students of literature and the other arts. It should also be of interest to a general, nonacademic, audience, as it stresses the connections between myth and our own everyday lives.

I wish to thank my daughter, Margaret Leeming, for researching the facts in this volume. Thanks also to Christine Jopeck for her editorial assistance as proofreader and indexer.

D.A.L.

Stonington, Conn. December 1989

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Introduction- the Dimensions of Myth 3
  • Part I - Cosmic Myths 11
  • The Creation 15
  • The Apocalypse 76
  • Part II - Myths of the Gods 91
  • The Pantheons 95
  • The God as Archetype 123
  • Part III - Hero Myths 215
  • Part IV - Place and Object Myths 313
  • Index 349
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