Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative

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Mariner Books #ad - Mr. Mason’s version is the one I would recommend to the first-time reader. Victor howes, the christian science monitor   “Like the Tolkien cycle, this poem will be read with profit and joy for generations to come. William alfred, Harvard University. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, loss and reparations, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend.

National book award finalist: The most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. A national book award finalist, a masterpiece of style, Herbert Mason’s retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet’s long affinity with the original.

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Iliad abridged

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Richer Resources Publications #ad - The battles continue without him, and the ironic unfolding of events eventually leads him to rejoin the war and to seek out the great Trojan warrior Hector for a climactic single combat. The text is accompanied by a few explanatory footnotes, a glossary of names, and a map indicating the origin of many of the major characters.

The abridged text is approximately one third of the original and presents a coherent narrative poem in which every line is taken from Homer's text, with occasional short summaries to keep the story coherent. The poem tells the story of a quarrel between achilles, and Agamemnon, the greatest of the Achaean warriors in the Greek expedition against Troy, the commander of the expedition—an argument which causes Achilles to withdraw from the fighting.

Iliad abridged #ad - It constantly forces us to confront what goes on in battle, how men sustain themselves amid the horrors of the killing zone, and how the activity is simultaneously intensely and brutally destructive and also, by one of the strangest of all of life's ironies, intensely creative. Ian johnston's abridged version of Homer's great poem is based upon his acclaimed translation of the complete epic also published by Richer Resources Publications.

The iliad is our most important war poem. It became the single most important literary resource in ancient Greek culture and has exercised a decisive influence on Western culture an influence which continues to this day. Homer's iliad, the oldest and greatest epic poem in our culture, was composed in the eighth century BC.

This shortened version is an ideal entry into Homer's vision of the world for those who are not yet ready or do not have the time to tackle the full poem.

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The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: From Ancient to Contemporary, The Full 3000-Year Tradition

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Anchor #ad - The anchor book of chinese poetry captures with impressive range and depth the essence of China’s illustrious poetic tradition. Here is the grand sweep of chinese poetry, from the book of songs–ancient folk songs said to have been collected by Confucius himself–and Laozi’s Dao De Jing to the vividly pictorial verse of Wang Wei, the technical brilliance of Tu Fu, the romanticism of Li Po, and all the way up to the twentieth-century poetry of Mao Zedong and the post—Cultural Revolution verse of the Misty poets.

. Encompassing the spiritual, and erotic strains that have emerged over millennia, mystical, this broadly representative selection also includes a preface on the art of translation, political, biographical headnotes for each of the poets, a general introduction to Chinese poetic form, philosophical, and concise essays on the dynasties that structure the book.

The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: From Ancient to Contemporary, The Full 3000-Year Tradition #ad - Unmatched in scope and literary quality, this landmark anthology spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations–many new and exclusive to the book–by an array of distinguished translators.

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A Short History of Myth The Myths

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Canongate U.S. #ad - She takes us from the paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the “Great Western Transformation” of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by science. Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong’s characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense—and explains why if we dismiss it, we do so at our peril.

The history of myth is the history of humanity, our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other. Human beings have always been mythmakers. So begins best-selling writer karen Armstrong’s concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it.

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The Essential Odyssey Hackett Classics

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Hackett Publishing Co. #ad - This generous abridgment of stanley lombardo's translation of the Odyssey offers more than half of the epic, including all of its best-known episodes and finest poetry, while providing concise summaries for omitted books and passages. His previous translations include homer's iliad 1997, hackett, hackett, hackett and odyssey 2000, Hesiod's Works & Days and Theogony 1993, Poems and Fragments 2002, Hackett, and Sappho, a PEN Center USA 2003 Literary Award Finalist.

Sheila murnaghan is Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Sheila murnaghan's introduction, a shortened version of her essay for the unabridged edition, is ideal for readers new to this remarkable tale of the homecoming of Odysseus. Stanley lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

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Tao Te Ching: Text Only Edition

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Vintage #ad - It offers the essence of each word makes Lao Tsu's teaching immediate and alive. The philosophy of lao tsu is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance.

Nature provides for all without discrimination—therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals, however they may be have. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected.

We will come to appreciate the original meaning of the word "understand, " which means "to stand under. We serve whatever or whoever stands before us, without any thought for ourselves. No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended.

Tao Te Ching: Text Only Edition #ad - This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume—and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear. Alan wattsreligion/ eastern studies    this translation of the Chinese classic, which was first published twenty-five years ago, has sold more copies than any of the others.

Te—which may be translated as "virtue" or "strength"—lies always in Tao, or "natural law. In other words: Simply be.

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Remembering Nayeche and the Gray Bull Engiro: African Storytellers of the Karamoja Plateau and the Plains of Turkana Anthropological Horizons

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University of Toronto Press #ad - In remembering nayeche and the gray bull engiro, mustafa kemal Mirzeler shows how the poetic journey of Nayeche and the gray bull Engiro and their metaphorical return during the Jie harvest rituals gives rise to stories, imagery, and the articulation of ethnic and individual identities. Since the 1990s, mirzeler has travelled to East Africa to apprentice with storytellers.

Mirzeler’s work contributes significantly to the anthropology of storytelling, the study of myth and memory, and the use of oral tradition in historical studies. The jie people of northern uganda and the turkana of northern Kenya have a genesis myth about Nayeche, a Jie woman who followed the footprints of a gray bull across the waterless plateau and who founded a “cradle land” in the plains of Turkana.

Remembering Nayeche and the Gray Bull Engiro: African Storytellers of the Karamoja Plateau and the Plains of Turkana Anthropological Horizons #ad - Remembering nayeche and the gray bull Engiro is both an account of his experience listening to these storytellers and of how oral tradition continues to evolve in the modern world.

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Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World

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University of Wisconsin Press #ad - The trickster and the hero, found in so many of the world’s oral traditions, are seemingly opposed but often united in one character. He examines protagonists that figure centrally in a wide range of oral narrative traditions, showing that the true hero is always to some extent a trickster as well. The trickster and hero, and all the possibilities of life are there: we are taken apart and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, Scheub contends, are at the core of storytelling, defeated and renewed.

Trickster and hero provides a comparative look at a rich array of world oral traditions, mythologies, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and literatures—from The Odyssey, folktales, and Beowulf to Native American and African tales. Award-winning folklorist harold scheub explores the “Trickster moment, god and human, the teller, and the listener are transformed: we are both man and woman, ” the moment in the story when the tale, hero and villain.

Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World #ad - Scheub delves into the importance of trickster mythologies and the shifting relationships between tricksters and heroes.

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A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Penguin Books #ad - In this groundbreaking book, neil MacGregor turns to objects that previous civilizations have left behind to paint a portrait of mankind's evolution, focusing on unexpected turning points. Beginning with a chopping tool from the olduvai Gorge in Africa and ending with a recent innovation that is transforming the way we power our world, interconnected, he urges us to see history as a kaleidoscope--shifting, constantly surprising.

None could have imagined quite how the radio series would permeate the national consciousness. A landmark bestseller, a history of the World in 100 Objects is one f the most unusual and engrossing history books to be published in years. An enthralling and profoundly humane book that every civilized person should read.

A History of the World in 100 Objects #ad - The wall street journal the blockbuster new york times bestseller and the companion volume to the wildly popular radio seriesWhen did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated, and why do we feed their milk to our children? Where were the first cities, to admire, as we have continually created new things to use, and what made them succeed? Who developed math--or invented money? The history of humanity is one of invention and innovation, or leave our mark on the world.

A book to savour and start over. The economist. Well over 12. 5 million podcasts have been downloaded since the first programme and more than 550 museums around Britain have launched similar series featuring local history.

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The Good Earth The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1

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Open Road Media #ad - A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work.

But success brings with it a new set of problems. Will wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone? and can his material success, guarantee anything about his soul? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, the bedrock of his life, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004.

The Good Earth The Good Earth Trilogy Book 1 #ad - Pearl S. Buck’s timeless masterpiece, and his wife, a chinese peasant farmer, the Pulitzer Prize–winning story of a farmer’s journey through China in the 1920sThe Good Earth is Buck’s classic story of Wang Lung, O-lan, a former slave. Buck including rare images from the author’s estate.

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Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - His father, hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.

An important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters. The new york times book reviewthis memorable, Ethiopia, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel #ad - And dawit, hailu’s youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement—a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia. Beneath the lion’s gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction.

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