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The World's Greatest Myths and Legends

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Achilles the Hero

Achilles has become a symbol of the flawed heroism which has found its echo in the mythologized history of Antiquity, to the epic figures of speculative and popular fiction today. This Life of Achilles is dominated by the Trojan Wars, where the clash of empires, romance and bloody war reflected the role of humankind as playthings of the gods.

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African Myths

Sub-Saharan Africa has a powerful tradition of storytelling. Despite the diversity of traditions, a number of beliefs and themes are shared by African peoples, from the Yoruba people of west Africa, to the Zulu of South Africa. This book offers a range of tales, from creation stories and trickster adventures to animal fables and moral stories.
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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great died in 336 BCE at just thirty two. His military campaigns had swept across Ancient Greece, Asia Minor, Arabia, Persia, Egypt and India, forging one of the largest empires in recorded history. Latest title in a new series created for the modern reader to introduce the heroes, civilizations, myths and religions of former times.
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Arthurian Myths

This latest addition to our successful series offers a new selection of myths, featuring Arthur’s knights of the round table, his love for Queen Guinevere and, of course, the ultimate betrayal by his friend, and most trusted knight, Sir Launcelot. All awaken the magical and exciting world of King Arthur.
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Aztec Myths

Like other Mesoamerican cultures, Aztec myths explained life and death by linking them to the earth, sky and sea in a grand cosmic scheme. This collection explores the history, gods, calendar and tales of this people, from the war god Huitzilopochtli to the supreme deity Tezcatlipoca; from migration legends to the origin myth of the Five Suns.
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Celtic Myths

Populated by gods, High Kings, willful Queens, noble warriors, fairies, goblins and wizards the Celtic myths are unsurpassed in their variety and power. This new book is a dazzling collection of the most gripping Celtic tales, vividly retold, gathering together the legends and sagas of this ancient culture.
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Central African Folktales

Joining the lively collections of folktales from East, West and Southern Africa are selected tales here from Central Africa. Modern national boundaries complicate the origins of the stories still told in the DRC, the Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and more but many can be traced back to the Sao civilization of the 6th Century BCE.
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Chinese Folktales

A new introduction highlights the exquisite stories within this collection of classic Chinese folk and fairy tales, including 'The King of the Ants', 'The Ghost Who Was Foiled', 'A Night on the Battlefield', 'The Lady of the Moon' and 'The Flower Elves'. Stories of gods, heroes and creatures vie with the curious, poetic delights of ancient China.
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Chinese Myths

River Gods, snake spirits, mountain and Immortals, Chinese mythology is alive with ancient passions. China’s unique set of tales are derived from its vast expanse, diverse culture and the endless internal wars. This brilliant new book introduces the key themes of Chinese legend before plunging into the fascinating stories themselves.
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Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great created the first Persian Empire in the 500s BCE. He conquered all major civilizations in his region and his influence reached from the Balkans in the West to the Indus river in the East. Latest title in the new series created for the modern reader to introduce the heroes, cultures, myths and religions of former times.
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Czech Folktales

With a fresh introduction this new collection will acquaint you with classic tales such as 'The Three Roses' and 'The Witch and the Horseshoes'. The lively stories of the Czech people are parables and moral fables – rich with satire they cling to the hope that all will come well in the end, that justice will be well served by truth.
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East African Folktales

The modern nations of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and more inherit the folk and mythic tales of the rift valley region. Here you'll find stories of ogres and tricksters, riddles and poems, and great heroes of history such as Liongo. This new collection is created for the modern reader.
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Egyptian Myths

This new book of classic tales brings the stories of the ancients to life, from the birth of creation by the sun god Ra, the murder of Osiris, and the revenge of Horus, to the underworld and afterlife. The Egyptians explained the effects of famine, harvest, floods and death by creating a pantheon of gods that still holds our fascination today.
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Gawain and the Green Knight

The perfect companion to Beowulf, Gawain is a treasure of medieval literature, brought to life in the 2021 movie "Green Knight" starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton. An Arthurian legend of note it revels in its Celtic origins, playing with the mysteries of chivalric romance, the warrior hero and the deeper truths of eternal life.
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Genghis Khan

The tale of the legendary Mongol General Genghis Khan is as phenomenal as the man himself. Probably the greatest conqueror in history, he ruled vast swathes of land in the early 1200s, vanquishing people across Asia and Europe, so that by the mid-1200s the Mongol Empire covered over 12 million square miles of land.
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Greek & Roman Myths

The dark forces of the ancient world were held at bay by the resourceful and emerging civilisations of Greece and Rome that formed the basis of Western culture, providing a tradition of fabulous tales that are retold in this new book.
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Hannibal of Carthage

Hannibal, famous for invading Italy over the Alps with his elephants, was a great leader at the time of the early republic of Rome, in 200BCE. He was a general of Carthage, on the North African coast, a bitter rival to the authority of Rome, and was regarded as a match for the feats and exploits of Alexander the Great in the previous century.
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Hungarian Folktales

Hungarian culture shares elements from West and East, with a rich tradition of folk beliefs and folktales that have been passed down through the generations. This delightful collection gathers together tales of fairy folk, adventure and adversity, fables and lessons, magical creatures and transformations.
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Icelandic Folktales

Icelandic folktales are strong moral fables, and the close cousins of other Scandinavian origin fairy stories. They are a little darker in their tone, but share many of the same themes of innocence and trickery, triumph of good sense over pride, and the resilience of the strong heroine in the rescue of a feeble prince. A delightful collection.
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Indian Myths

India, one of the great, ancient civilizations spawned a fascinating canon of myths and legends. With multiple gods, and a riot of colour and character this fantastic new book, explores the themes and landscapes that created the tales, and retells the stories of Krishna, Buddha and Shiva, and some of the many different versions of creation.
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Irish Fairy Tales

Fairy stories, especially from the rich tradition of Ireland where the supernatural grew from the legends of the Celts, are the magic stories of everyday folk seeking solutions to the challenges of the day. This spritely new collection brings together the fables and stories of banshees, kings, trembling farmers, tricksters and beloved princesses.
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Japanese Myths

Japan's mythology is alive with gods, spirits and monsters. The warrior class of the imperial court, and the natural spirits of the countryside represent parallel and interdependent aspects of Japanese society, explored through ancient legend and folklore in this fascinating new book in the Flame Tree Myths and Legend series.
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Julius Caesar

The epic story of Julius Caesar who was born in 100 BCE, eventually becoming one of the most influential leaders in history. After a bloody civil war, where famously he crossed the Rubicon with his army, he defeated Pompey and the Republicans and was appointed as dictator of Rome, preparing the path for the Imperial might of the Roman Empire.
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Korean Folktales

Packed with delightful tales of love affairs and broken hearts, misadventures and wise-cracking creatures, the everyday stories of Korea bring the warmth of the familiar with a twist of the unusual. Magistrates, woodmen and princes, moles, frogs and fairies abound in this delightful collection, organized by theme.
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Myths of Babylon

Here we find humankind battling with the elements in the flood myth, a grim creation story and the great Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest recorded literary treasures. Babylon, a powerful city state in 1800 BC was a centre of spiritual, economic and military power, each represented in the fragments and myths of this book of classic tales.
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Native American Myths

Algonquins, Iroquois, Ojibwe – the myriad tribes of North America and their folktales are deeply fascinating because they are unique amongst the mythologies of the world. The retold tales collected for this new book celebrate the diverse tribal vision of a rich and powerful tradition that still resonates today.
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Norse Myths

The Viking gods fought a constant battle with nature. Odin, Thor and Loki are just some of the familiar characters that maintain an influence over us today through movies, TV series and comics to great fiction and epic poetry. This fabulous new book offers all the main tales with an introduction to the characters and the land that inspired them.
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Persian Myths

The great works of Persia contain some of the most beautiful, rich and diverse language in the literary world. The Shah Nameh, Masnavi-e Ma’navi, the Anvar-i Suhayli fables and more, rival Dante's Divine Comedy, India's Mahabharata and Sumeria's Epic of Gigamesh in their cultural impact, bringing to life the tales and myths of Ancient Persia.
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Polynesian Island Myths

The Polynesian triangle covers Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand and the many isles in between. The legends of the region are based on the creation of land, fish, sea, valleys and the volcanic outcrops scattered across the long stretches of the Pacific. The beautiful myths of the ancient Polynesians are brought together in this new collection.
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Queen Cleopatra

Cleopatra was born of an ancient Greek Dynasty that stretched back to the time of Alexander the Great, and as the last Pharoah of Egypt she was the last ruler before the once mighty kingdom became a vassal state under of the Roman Empire of the first century BCE. She was an astute leader and sometime lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.
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Ramses the Great

The greatest of all Pharaohs, Ramses reigned at the height of Ancient Egypt's power. He led military campaigns with his father from a young age, married at 15, amassed over 200 wives, 150 children and lived to the age of 95. Through many battles each victory brought wealth which fuelled the vast building of monuments which are still admired today.
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Roman Folktales

Here you'll find stories and fears of the everyday, often poking fun at those in authority, and laughing at the proud and haughty including, The Dead Man’s Letter, The Enchanted Rose Tree, The Munificence Of Prince Borghese, The Wooing Of Cassandro, The Beggar And The Chick-Pea, The Dark King, The Old Miser and Why Cats And Dogs Always Quarrel!
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Scottish Myths

From the myths it shares with Ireland, to its own evocative fairy tales featuring all manner of spirits, shapeshifters, monsters and ghosts; from benevolent fairies ('The Brownie') to tales of unrequited love, murder and rescue ('A Legend of Invershin'), Scottish folklore is presented here in a uniquely Caledonian collection of stories.
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Serbian Folktales

With a new introduction this powerful collection gathers together classic tales of the proud, poetic South Slavs, such as 'He Who Asks Little Receives Much', 'The Maiden Wiser Than the Tsar, 'The Biter Bit', 'Good Deeds Never Perish' 'The Three Suitors' and 'The Ram With the Golden Fleece'.
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Slavic Myths

A new collection of tales from the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe, from the Polish to the Macedonians, the Czechs and the Serbians, with roots in pagan folklore, and influenced by the Viking traders who settled in Kiev in the mid-ninth century. Stories include 'The King of the Toads', 'Vassilissa the Cunning' and 'The Tsar of the Sea'.
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Southern African Folktales

Southern Africa is a region of impressive diversity of landscape, climate and peoples. From peoples such as the Zulu, Pedi, Venda and San, from Angola and Botswana to South Africa, this lively collection contains tales from across the region, of creation and origins, of trickster animals, and of hardship, greed and love.
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The Four Branches of the Mabinogi

The ancient Mabinogi is a great world literature and fascinating Celtic mythology. Here in the much-loved Guest translation and including companion tales telling of the earliest King Arthur. Latest title in the new series created for the modern reader to introduce the heroes, cultures, myths and religions of former times.
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The Tale of Beowulf

An epic poem probably written in the 900s CE, Beowulf tells of events 600 years before, where the hero Beowulf is implored to assist the King of the Danes in defending his halls against the monster Grendel. Latest title in the new series created for the modern reader to introduce the heroes, cultures, myths and religions of former times.
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Turkish Folktales

Turkish folk tales are curious and bizarre, beautiful and delightful, combining elements of ancient Anatolian folklore with Slavonic, Scandinavian and Arabian influences. This wonderful collection contains stories ranging from 'How the Devil lost his Wager' and 'Paradise Sold by the Yard' to 'The Horse-Devil and the Witch' and 'The Cinder-Youth'.
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Viking Folktales

Nordic tales take the magic of the natural world and combine it with the common sense of the everyday. Good folk are rewarded for their hard work, the honest and the faithful are valued: 'The Little Match Girl' and 'Katie Woodencloak' (a Norwegian Cinderella) are some of the heartwarming stories in this new selection for the modern reader.
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West African Folktales

West African traditions and folklore delight in tales of animals and tricksters. From Nigeria to Benin, from the cunning spider Anansi to the equally crafty Tortoise, animals teach humans to farm, to love, to survive and thrive, and offer inspiration for moral purpose. This collection gathers these alongside tales of origin, life, death and folly.
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