Download E-books The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind PDF

By Garth Fowden

Sage, scientist, and sorcerer, Hermes Trismegistus was once the culture-hero of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. A human (according to a couple) who had lived in regards to the time of Moses, yet now without a doubt a god, he was once credited with the authorship of diverse books on magic and the supernatural, alchemy, astrology, theology, and philosophy. until eventually the early 17th century, few doubted the attribution. even if unmasked, Hermes remained a byword for the arcane. Historians of old philosophy have wondered a lot over the origins of his mystical teachings; yet this is often the 1st research of the airtight milieu via a social historian.

Starting from the complicated fusions and tensions that molded Graeco-Egyptian tradition, and specifically Hermetism, in the course of the centuries after Alexander, Garth Fowden is going directly to argue that the technical and philosophical Hermetica, it seems that so assorted, may be noticeable as points of a unmarried "way of Hermes." This assumption that philosophy and faith, even cult, carry one ultimately to an analogous aim used to be usually past due old, and assured the Hermetica a far-flung readership, even between Christians. the point of interest and end of this research is an attack at the challenge of the social milieu of Hermetism.

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Download E-books Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain PDF

By Christopher R. Fee

The islands of england were a crossroads of gods, heroes, and kings-those of flesh in addition to these of myth-for hundreds of thousands of years. Successive waves of invasion introduced specific legends, rites, and ideology. the traditional Celts displaced previous indigenous peoples, in basic terms to discover themselves displaced in flip by way of the Romans, who then deserted the islands to Germanic tribes, a humans themselves approximately conquer in time via an inflow of Scandinavians. With each one wave of invaders got here a conflict for the mythic brain of the Isles because the newcomer's trust method met with the prevailing platforms of gods, legends, and myths.

In Gods, Heroes, and Kings, medievalist Christopher expense and veteran fantasy pupil David Leeming unearth the layers of the British Isles' certain folkloric culture to find how this physique of possible disparate stories built. The authors discover a digital battlefield of myths during which pagan and Judeo-Christian ideals fought for dominance, and classical, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Celtic narrative threads turned tangled jointly. The ensuing physique of legends turned a wierd yet coherent hybrid, in order that by the point Chaucer wrote "The spouse of Bath's story" within the fourteenth century, a Christian topic of redemption fought for prominence with a tripartite Celtic goddess and the Arthurian legends of Sir Gawain-itself a hybrid mythology.

with out a advisor, the corpus of British mythology can look impenetrable. making the most of the most recent learn, expense and Leeming hire a distinct comparative method of map the origins and improvement of 1 of the richest folkloric traditions. Copiously illustrated with excerpts in translation from the unique sources, Gods, Heroes, and Kings offers a desirable and available new viewpoint at the heritage of British mythology.

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Download E-books Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders PDF

By Michael Townsend

"For enthusiasts of both comedian books or Percy Jackson, or both.”—School Library Journal

From Hercules' snake murderer slippers to Arachne's depraved weaver rap songs, those are the mythic monsters and Hellenic heroes that experience captured Western tradition for centuries--but lots extra enjoyable. every one tale showcases the wondrous and blunderful antics of gods and mortals in brilliant portraits that rival the super-heroic motion of The Lightning Thief, burst with the knock-yoursocks- off humor of Jeff Kinney, and nonetheless stay unerringly devoted to the unique fable. young ones can not face up to the bickering sheep, unruly rulers, and undercover information of Amazing Greek Myths--while academics, librarians, and fogeys can get pleasure from this new option to percentage ethical messages that stay as suitable this present day as they have been 1000 years in the past.

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Download E-books Mythology The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece (Ologies) PDF

Presenting the latest discovery within the sequence with the Midas contact — a legendary exploration healthy for the gods

In the early 19th century, an English nobleman launched into a journey of the websites of historic Greece. He introduced as his consultant a primer on Greek myths written through his buddy woman Hestia Evans, a devotee of Lord Byron who had lately taken an identical voyage. within the actual Romantic spirit, girl Hestia’s publication was once not just lavishly illustrated but additionally boasted many paper crafts and novelties, together with a card video game that includes the twelve Olympians, an oak-leaf oracle of Zeus, a pop-up Pandora’s field (with desire nonetheless inside), a book retelling the story of Odysseus, a bit of the Golden Fleece, a gold OBOLOS coin to pay the ferryman at the River Styx, and lots of extra flaps, foldouts, and different surprises. The nobleman additional his personal witty reviews and drawings alongside the way in which, yet turns out to have wanted for anything abnormal on the Delphic oracle: because the ebook nears its finish, it slowly starts to show . . .to gold. Now, for enthusiasts of Greek myths and people simply gaining knowledge of their undying energy, this interesting quantity is faithfully reproduced with all its Romantic atmosphere, smart wit and novelty positive factors intact.

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Download E-books Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls) PDF

By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Artemis could be the goddess of the quest, yet that does not suggest she continuously feels courageous. Will she locate the braveness to speak to Orion (the new mortal "star" at school), to make him see her as greater than a friend, and to ace Beast-ology type?

The Goddess women series through Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams places a contemporary spin on vintage Greek myths! stick to the fine details of divine social lifestyles at Mount Olympus Academy the place the main privileged godboys and goddessgirls within the Greek pantheon hone their legendary talents.

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Download E-books Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity PDF

By Galit Hasan-Rokem

In this vigorous and intellectually enticing ebook, Galit Hasan-Rokem exhibits that faith is formed not just within the halls of theological disputation and associations of divine learn, but additionally in usual occasions of way of life. universal facets of human family provide an important resource for the symbols of spiritual texts and rituals of overdue vintage Judaism in addition to its accomplice in narrative dialogues, early Christianity, Hasan-Rokem argues. targeting the "neighborhood" of the Galilee that's the birthplace of many significant non secular and cultural advancements, this booklet brings to existence the riddles, parables, and folktales handed down in Rabbinic tales from the 1st half the 1st millennium of the typical Era.

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Download E-books The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, Third Edition PDF

By Allan Zola Kronzek

The New York Times bestseller, now absolutely up to date to include the entire seven-volume series.

Who was once the genuine Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its strength? Did J. ok. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did?

Millions of readers worldwide were enchanted through the mystical global of wizardry, spells, and legendary beasts inhabited via Harry Potter and his acquaintances. yet what such a lot readers don’t understand is that there's a centuries-old trove of actual heritage, folklore, and mythology in the back of Harry’s extraordinary universe. Now, with The Sorcerer’s Companion, these with no entry to the Hogwarts Library can institution themselves within the interesting truth at the back of J. okay. Rowling’s international of magic.

Newly up to date to incorporate Harry Potter and the part Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Sorcerer’s Companion permits curious readers to appear up whatever magical from the Harry Potter books and find a wealth of unique, unforeseen info. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have surprising histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life occasions relationship again 1000s or maybe hundreds of thousands of years. Magic wands, like these offered in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, have been as soon as shaped through Druid sorcerers out in their sacred yew timber. Love potions have been first concocted in historical Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses have been hugely renowned in the course of the heart a while. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll additionally learn:
• the right way to learn tea leaves
• the place to discover a basilisk this present day
• how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a conflict with a unicorn horn
• who the true Merlin used to be
• easy methods to competently harvest mandrake root
• who wore the 1st invisibility cloak
• find out how to dispose of a goblin
• why owls have been feared within the historic world
• what fairly lies past the Veil
• the origins of our modern day “bogeyman,” and extra.

A spellbinding journey of Harry’s appealing global, The Sorcerer’s Companion is a needs to for each Potter aficionado’s bookshelf.


The Sorcerer's spouse has now not been ready, authorized, or approved through any one or entity that created, released, or produced the Harry Potter books or similar properties.

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