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Great Mythologies of the World

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The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

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  • khilsati
  • 28/03/2017

Amazing Course!

This course is one of the best audio book I ever listened to! It will take you from the myths of ancient Europe, turn south to Africa then East to reach China, Korea, Japan and the Pacific islands, to ends perfectly with the Native Americans myths. Incredible and fascinating.

However, I have to point out like many other reviews that the performance in part 2 is bad. The speaker's talk is with a very monotone voice while stuttering and hesitating all the time. The way the lesson is built is also problematic for a better understanding. This decrease the interest of the African myths, which is a bummer.

That being said, the 3 others parts are amazing, and this class should be mandatory to everybody on Audible!

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  • beth m plum
  • 26/06/2019

Intersectionality gone awry

Intersectionality at its very worst. Bad traits exhibited by the goddesses is stereotypical while bad traits exhibited by gods...well no disclaimer. Instead of taking the time to try and explain why the gods and goddesses of certain mythologies exhibited such extreme personality traits and how that reflects on the societies that created them the lecturer just virtue signaled. Is this what is promoted as a good education these days? Yikes.

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  • Rafał
  • 23/07/2019

Great Blog of the unaccomplished author

The lectures are chock full of inaccuracies both about the myths presented, and about the historical background she tries to provide for them. The author never admits her biases, and at one point (in the chapter about Job) admits to pushing her own agenda in the lectures. Beware: these are not objective presentations of the myths and their interpretations across the scholars. These lectures are ramblings of a woman who doesn't hesitate to tweak the details to her liking, or simply provide only hers interpretation of a myth. The noise also hasn't been removed, so enjoy your tinnitus.

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  • Dan
  • 16/03/2016

mostly awesome

The sections on European, Asian, and Native American mys were awesome. I could tell that the scholars had really spent a significant amount of time to organize the lectures into a cohesive and comprehensible course. The section on African myths needs development - I liked what I learned of the stories, themselves, but the course was significantly lacking in organization and attempting to connect the themes into larger issues of relevance. my favorite section was on Native American myths. It was obvious that the scholar had spent a lifetime researching and teaching these stories. The way these were presented stands in marked contrast to the these-are-some-cool-things-I've learned-about approach of the African myths.

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  • Jane S
  • 04/09/2017

Uneven but overall excellent.

The first third was by far the best; she is an excellent reader. The "Africa" section failed to engage me. But the "American" section that ended the series had me involved again. How much our schools do not teach us!!

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  • Christopher
  • 03/12/2015

Three Fantastic Lecturers, + one iffy one.

Multi-lecturer courses are always prone to fluctuations in quality… But 3 out of 4 ain't bad!

Kathryn McClymond covers the myths of ancient Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. Her lectures are fantastic, offering a good balance of storytelling and interpretation. She tells the stories, then uses them to construct a coherent cosmology of each culture, so you get a sense of their view of the real world and of the cosmos. It's also nice to have a woman's perspective on this stuff; history is still so male dominated, and she calls due attention to the sexism inherent in a lot of the myths, and what it says about the relevant culture.

After her, Julius Bailey, who covers African myths, is a letdown. African myth is a huge subject, so his task is difficult. But he chooses to organize his myths by topic, NOT by culture, so it's impossible to get that sense of a coherent cosmology for any one culture. He's also not a good orator; he trips over the emphasis of every third sentence.

Andre LaFleur's lectures on Asian and Pacific myths picks things right up again though. He provides a good balance of story and interpretation, and he steers clear of the typical pitfalls of a white guy teaching "foreign" cultures -- avoiding essentialism, or romanticizing the role of Westerners in documenting the material, for instance.

Grant Voth's lectures on Native American myths are some of the best of the pack, even though -- according to his CV in the PDF -- he doesn't seem to have any formal experience with the topic. His task is like Bailey's, but he organizes his lectures by broad regions wherein there is a common mythic tradition (with variations), and so it's possible to get a sense of each culture -- or family of cultures, if you will -- and their cosmology.

All in all, I recommend it -- you're bound to learn a lot.

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  • Marcus A. Sasiadek
  • 22/08/2019

Very Feminism Centric

Every 10 minutes, the speaker bring up "feminism". She cites Paris Hilton and the show the "The Good Wife". I paid for a class on mythology and want to learn about the past. But instead the focus is making mythology very modern day. Very disappointing.

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  • Bridget
  • 26/04/2017

What about the Norse

This was a great course spending hours on European, African, Asian, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas myths, religions, and cultures. Sadly the Norse barely get a mention by a scholar who is very adept in Greek and Roman myth obviously knows little about the Norse religion or culture. It was exceptionally disappointing, there are many great scholars who teach Norse myth that could have been used.

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  • SAMA
  • 18/01/2016

Great mythologies by great professors

I found this volume very informative and entertaining. The only issue is a minor one, and that it doesn't explain where each mythological character stands among their own mythology, pantheon, or bestiary. This is easily solved by buying specific courses for mythologies that catch your interest.

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  • Michael G. Jones
  • 27/10/2015

Good material.

The material was interesting, but one of the lecturers (the second one, lecturing on the myths of Africa) was so difficult to listen to I almost abandoned the whole lecture.

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  • Norjen
  • 09/12/2019

Grenzenlose Phantasie

Mit über 30 Stunden Laufzeit ist "Great Mythologies" der längste Kurse in der Serie "Weltliteratur". Aber auch bei der doppelten Laufzeit wäre wahrscheinlich keine Langweile aufgekommen. Die ausgewählten Mythen sind so vielfältig wie die Kulturen, die sie hervorgebracht haben. Inhaltlich der einzige Kritikpunkt ist, dass Südamerika mit nur einem Beitrag (von insgesamt 60) arg stiefmütterlich behandelt wurde. Bei den Sprechern hat mich Kathryn McClymont begeistert - selten so eine angenehme Stimme gehört. Julius Bailey dagegen zerdehnt die Satzenden auf schwer erträgliche Weise.

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  • Jenny Oo
  • 02/07/2017

Sehr guter Überblick

Wer sich für Mythologie interessiert, dem kann ich dieses Hörbuch empfehlen. Hier werden alle großen Mythologien der Welt vorgestellt. Es macht Lust sich näher mit diesem Thema zu beschäftigen.

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  • Mihai Keller
  • 23/04/2018

great summary.

except the part on Africa, which, I'm sorry to say wasn't as structured as the rest and left me a bit dazzled and bored.

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  • juffe
  • 29/09/2015

Nice lecture

Very interesting content and pleasant female voice. I hope there are more similar books read by female speakers.

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