At the heart of the dictionary lie entries on the meaning and origin of a vast range of words and expressions, from everyday English phrases to Latin tags. Alongside these are articles on people and events in mythology and religion, and on folk customs, superstitions and beliefs.
The various Indo-European branches had a shared linguistic and cultural origin in prehistory, and this book sets out to overcome the difficulties about understanding the gods who were inherited by the later literate cultures from this early “silent” period by modelling the kind of society where the gods could have come into existence.
Focuses on the metamorphosis of mythic figures in the process of history. This work aims to illustrate how this concept works in modern storytelling, as goddesses become heroines in literature and film. It establishes that seasons are the source, not the accessory, of all imaginative conceptions of plot, character, and theme.
Research Starter Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell's work provides a wonderful overview of the study of mythology.
A research starter including a short biography and discussion of his work can be found here.
Since its release in 1949,The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. I
The author discusses the primitive, oriental, occidental and creative roots of mythology in this four volume set. He examines them in light of the most recent discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, and psychology