UXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 141443846X
  • ISBN-13: 9781414438467
  • DDC: 201.3
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released November 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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A culture's mythology is more than just a collection of stories and characters. When students examine myths in classes across the curriculum or when myths and heroes come up in everyday life, they act as a window into the beliefs and values of ancient civilizations. This new five-volume set from U·X·L will help students with the plot points, the historical context, and the mythological allusions they need to fully understand how mythologies not only reflect cultures of old but also remain meaningful in society today.

Entry topics include:

  • Gods and goddesses
  • Heroes and other key characters
  • Motifs and global themes
  • Major myths
  • National or cultural mythologies

Coverage spans a diversity of cultures, including standard Greek/Roman entries as well as Native North and South American traditions, Norse mythology, Asian Pacific mythology, Judeo-Christian tradition, and Islamic and Hindu mythologies. Full-color inserts for each volume enhance the reader's understanding of the text.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414430302 | ISBN-13: 9781414430300


"...contains such a wealth of information it should rank high on all school libraries' must have list."--ARBA, August 2008


"Both depth and detail are truly impressive. Clear writing, thoughtful analysis, and broad coverage make this set an extremely attractive purchase."--School Library Journal, April 2009

— School Library Journal

"Knowledge of work mythology is basic to a study of literature and history. For that reason, the U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology should be available in every school library from fifth grade up. It offers excellent broad overviews of large topics like Greek and Egyptian mythology as well as defining more arcane subjects such as trolls and Golem. The set is sturdily bound and should stand up well to the use it deserves to have. The U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology contains such a wealth of information it should rank high on all school libraries' must-have list.." --ARBA, February 2010

— Kay O. Cornelius