Download E-books Four Tragedies and Octavia (Penguin Classics) PDF

In keeping with the legends utilized in Greek drama, Seneca's performs are amazing for the exuberant ruthlessness with which disastrous occasions are foretold after which pursued to their tragic and infrequently bloodthirsty ends. Thyestes depicts the risk of an ancestral curse placing over feuding brothers, whereas Phaedra portrays a girl suffering from deadly ardour for her stepson. In The Trojan Women, the widowed Hecuba and Andromache look forward to their fates by the hands of the conquering Greeks, and Oedipus follows the downfall of the royal residence of Thebes. Octavia is a grim remark on Nero's tyrannical rule and the execution of his spouse, with Seneca himself showing as an useless counsellor trying to scale down the atrocities of the emperor.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable through introductions and notes by means of unique students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Jesse L. Byock

One of the good books of global literature--an unforgettable story of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance.

Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer, who acquires runic wisdom from certainly one of Odin's Valkyries. but the saga is decided in a really human international, incorporating oral thoughts of the fourth and 5th centuries, whilst Attila the Hun and different warriors fought at the northern frontiers of the Roman empire. In his illuminating advent Jesse L. Byock hyperlinks the old Huns, Burgundians, and Goths with the intense occasions of this Icelandic saga. With its ill-fated Rhinegold, the sword reforged, and the magic ring of strength, the saga resembles the Nibelungenlied and has been a chief resource for such delusion writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and for Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts stronger via introductions and notes by means of individual students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World's End and Other Stories PDF

By Norah Montgomerie

The vintage folks stories of Scotland have been handed down from storyteller to storyteller, and from the 1st sentence they have been designed to carry the eye of the listener or reader as if a spell were solid over them, transporting them to a mystical realm the place mermaids and males, selkies and sailors, ogres and princesses mingle and are miraculously reworked. The Montgomeries, amazing folklorists, accumulated conventional tales from all elements of Scotland. Their assortment, first released in 1956, grew to become a vintage of the storytelling culture, with the tales retold in an easy, dramatic type, attractive to grownup and baby alike. Now republished by way of Birlinn Ltd in a good-looking present variation and illustrated with Norah Montgomerie's personal unique drawings, it's a booklet to be precious for years because the key to an enchanted, undying international.

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Download E-books The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True (The Knights' Tales Series) PDF

By Gerald Morris, Aaron Renier

"Enhanced through Renier's lighthearted medieval scenes . . . Morris's yarn weaves shrewdpermanent turns, knightly violence and chivalric (i.e., human) values in motion into an ingeniously built-in retelling of Gawain and the golf green Knight."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

In the 3rd installment within the Knights' stories sequence, Gerald Morris tells the laugh-out-loud tale of King Arthur's most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight. With vigorous illustrations by Aaron Renier, Morris creates an enthralling and comical medieval world that teems with humor and wonder.

 

 

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Download E-books Crow (Animal) PDF

By Boria Sax

Even though humans mostly don't examine them in such phrases, crows are remarkably sleek: from the end of a crow’s beak to the top of its tail is a unmarried curve, which adjustments rhythmically because the crow turns its head or bends towards the floor. Foraging on their lengthy, robust legs, crows seem to drift over the earth; they take flight virtually with out attempt, flapping their wings simply, ascending into the air like spirits.

Nevertheless, the whiskers round their beaks and an obvious smile make crows, in a scruffy type of method, endearingly "human". In an unlimited variety of cultures from the chinese language to the Hopi Indians, crows are bearers of prophecy. due to their courtship dances and monogamous unions, the Greeks invoked crows at weddings as symbols of conjugal love. Crows are one of the so much ubiquitous of birds, but, with out being the least bit unique, they continue to be mysterious.

This ebook is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their relations in fable, literature and lifestyles. It levels from the raven despatched out by way of Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian novels and modern movies. it will likely be of curiosity to every body who've ever been intrigued, wondered, frustrated or charmed by means of those splendidly clever birds.

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Download E-books Egyptian Mythology A to Z PDF

By Pat Remler

Egypt's myths are one of the earliest within the old global. "Egyptian Mythology A to Z, Revised variation" brings to existence the attention-grabbing international of Egyptian mythology and non secular ideals for younger readers. This re-creation has been revised and up to date to mirror the newest discoveries. New details lined during this thorough reference advisor contains entries on such issues as pyramids and mythology, the cult of the king, human sacrifice, and plenty of new gods and mythical figures. A bibliography on the finish of the e-book encourages scholars to enquire themes that spark their curiosity. With its concentrate on Egyptian gods and goddesses and the connection among Egyptian myths and the later Greek and Roman mythology, this quantity is an invaluable reference and instructing relief for college kids with an curiosity in mythological stories.

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Download E-books Everbound (Everneath, Book 2) PDF

By Brodi Ashton

In Brodi Ashton's breathtaking sequel to Everneath--about which New York Times bestselling writer best friend Condie acknowledged, "Ashton's stunning storytelling and strong-on-her-own-terms major personality set this one aside. Wonderful!"--Nikki needs to commute during the underworld to be reunited with the affection of her life.

Ever for the reason that Nikki Beckett watched as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to avoid wasting her, taking her position in the dead of night Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity, she's been dwelling a borrowed lifestyles. determined for solutions, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal undesirable boy who desires to make her his queen--and the single individual least prone to aid. yet his center has been touched by means of every little thing approximately Nikki, and he consents to assist within the merely method he can: via taking her to the Everneath himself. Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, purely to find that their trip could be tougher than they'd anticipated--and extra lethal. yet Nikki vows to prevent at not anything to avoid wasting Jack--even if it skill making a tremendous sacrifice of her own.

Inspired through the Persephone fable, the desirable first booklet during this sequence, Everneath, earned a VOYA ideal Ten of 2011 and a Whitney Award!

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Download E-books The Epic of the Kings: Shah-Nama, the national epic of Persia PDF

By Ferdowsi

Translated by means of Reuben Levy

‘Among the various nationwide poets of ancient Persia, Ferdowsi might be the greatest...In this brilliant translation of the epic, the Western reader wouldn't fail to parent transparent equivalents of chapters in Genesis, The Odyssey, Paradise misplaced or the Canterbury Tales.’ Islamic Review
The Shah-nama is the nationwide epic poem of Persia. Written within the 10th century it includes the country’s myths, legends and ancient recollections. This version makes on hand a useful prose translation choosing the main consultant elements of the unique together with the tales of Rustum, the large hero and his son Sohrab.

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Download E-books The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings From Myth and Magic PDF

By John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews

The most recent access within the renowned Element Encyclopedia sequence spans the globe and the a while to offer a ceremonial dinner of magical beasts, either well-known and infrequent. Populating this final reference is a bunch of exceptional creatures, lots of that have stirred our mind's eye for the reason that formative years; they arrive from fairytales and myths, and from cherished writers similar to the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K Rowling. every one access delves into folklore and historical past to bare such secrets and techniques as why dragons shield the elements, tips on how to make mermen giggle, and the way a gradual lizard price people the present of everlasting lifestyles. From chinese language dragons to Norwegian sea monsters, banshees to griffins, cherufes to lampaluguas, each fabulous determine will get its due.

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Download E-books Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Wendy Doniger

Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, together with the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are notion up to now again so far as the 10th century BCE. the following in those seventy-five seminal myths are the numerous incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous baby Krishna, along tales of the minor gods, demons, rivers and animals together with boars, buffalo, serpents and monkeys. Immensely assorted and bursting with color and lifestyles, they exhibit the Hindu trust within the unlimited chances of the area - from the teeming miracles of construction to the origins of the incarnation of demise who finally touches them all.

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